As her first comprehensive publication, this catalogue surveys the multi-facetted oeuvre of the Greek artist/social activist Georgia Sagri. Across performance, video work, and sculpture, she explores the murky relationships between the artist's body and her body of work, subjectivity and persona, original and reproduction with equal parts humor and severity.
As the title of this book suggests, the “staged objects” that Sagri produced for these two exhibitions are doubled, modules, where each “I” or “self” can be “cross-eyed,” so to say, to reveal that it is in fact two not one. This effect, often produced theatrically, reorders the collective gaze to be subverted through a “catastrophe of emotions.” Across performance, video work, and sculpture, Sagri navigates the murky relationships between the artist's body and her body of work, subjectivity and persona, original and reproduction with equal parts humor and severity. Collected in this catalogue is both current documentation of Sagri's work and rich archival material since 1999; together they are juxtaposed against essays by Sotirios Bahtsetzis, Daniel Horn, Ruba Katrib, Christina Lehnert, Diego Singh and Stephan Squibb, an interview conducted with Silvia Federici, and a conversation between the artist, Bettina Funcke, and John Kelsey.
Publié suite aux expositions « Georgia Sagri Georgia Sagri » au Kunstverein Braunschweig, du 2 décembre 2017 au 11 février 2018, et « Georgia Sagri and I » à Portikus, Francfort-sur-le-Main, du 21 avril au 17 juin 2018.
Georgia Sagri (born 1979 in Athens, Greece, lives and works in Athens and New York) is a pluridisciplinary artist. A founding organizer of the Occupy Wall Street movement, Georgia Sagri's social activism (alongside her artistic activities) dates back to 1997, when she was a member of the Void Network in Athens. Sagri has organized the perambulatory curatorial project “Saloon” and the audio-only magazine Forté since 2009. In 2013 she initiated the semi-public and semi-personal space Ύλη[matter]HYLE in Athens, with the mission to develop a new model for the contemporary work-life structure. She has exhibited and participated in documenta 14 (2017), Manifesta 11 (2016), Istanbul Biennial (2015), La biennale de Lyon (2013), Whitney Biennial (2012), Thessaloniki Biennale (2011), and the Athens Biennale (2007).
Edited by Christina Lehnert and Philippe Pirotte.
Texts by Sotirios Bahtsetzis, Daniel Horn, Ruba Katrib, Christina Lehnert, Diego Singh, Stephen Squibb, interview with Georgia Sagri by Silvia Federici, conversation between the artist, Bettina Funcke, John Kelsey.