Photo Credits : Lazaros Grekos_PSari Visuals

    This series of performances acts as advise on how to avoid situations that are tedious and boring, awkward, unsatisfying, unpleasant and stressful. Do you have to be present at an awkward family dinner? Are you obliged to attend a boring wedding? Make a presentation? Go to a party out of obligation? Having a conversation with a person you dislike? Are you just bored? The applications are countless.

    The difference between being a coward and a hero is focusing on a higher purpose. The coward flees, the Hero endures. But what happens when an action must be endured in a cowardly way? I choose to use the cowardly approach in a courageous way; this is why I claim I am becoming an antihero. My purpose is to act upon my artistic idea.
    And for this, every time I have to start backing up slowly or crawl or hide behind things I have to gather the courage. Being exposed like that feels more vulnerable than any discussion, essay or critique. I draw people’s attention by trying to be as discreet as possible. I know that at that time, I have to act like a clown, a meek person, be the target of laughter. But still, I call this project my little acts of bravery. It might be the transparency of the moment that makes me feel unpleasant in presenting myself, but my primary goal for these performances is to step out of my comfort zone and transform something I consider a disadvantage to advantage. A way to communicate discomfort.

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Presenting the 'Escaping Artist" as an installation. Sticky notes and uniform were used for the performance, 2016.

Photo of this performance was used as a cover for my thesis that is titled “Covered in Thesis”.

The Escaping Artist series started in an academic environment and the moment that triggered an impulse of disappearing was a tedious and boring circumstance that I wanted to avoid. I couldn’t shake it out, I started thinking what if I do what I want? It feels like when someone doesn’t act out of self-restraint, a person always looks back at that precise moment again and again with remorse. And then the what ‘if’s’ starts popping in your head. You  start to wonder how events would have transpired if you actually did whatyou had in mind. And then you think about your situation. What is expected
of me, especially as an artist and at that time as a postgraduate student We are expected to participate in round tables discussions, talk about our work, write essays and sometimes it feels like avoiding these situations (although I appreciate these tools), could save a lot of effort and discomfort. But on the other hand, acting this way in an academic environment disrupts the given hierarchy so every action has a reaction.                                                  ︎  ︎

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