MARY ZYGOURI addresses issues related to individual identity and social crisis in the contemporary world. In her work she invents and impersonates fictional characters in reality, false identities presented in public actions and video-performances with symbolic and paradoxical results. She focuses on the notion of self in relation to systems of power, censorship, and surveillance.
Starting from historical events, investigating archives, biographies, and literary narratives, she alters the past and its many interpretations, by transferring, re-signifying, and representing them in contemporary frames of reference, relocating them in contemporary reality. Thus injecting ambiguity into the present, imposing a process of remembering and a critic to nowadays, which, in fact, is been hit by an “age of austerity -Greek dept crisis”. Her aim is to induce a feeling of impossibility in achieving any purpose, and in identifying where meaning lays.
The tactics that Mary Zygouri followed in her actions in the recent years are public interventions, opened to the reaction of the urban public space. In these performances her presence in complete spontaneity situation, forces the public-becoming-audience to be in motion, interrupting the normal everyday flow and transforming it, for the limited time of the Performance in a locus of discursive production.
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all exhibitions by MARY ZYGOURI with STUDIO STEFANIA MISCETTI.