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Exhibition of Memorial Concepts

Artist(s): Maria Paschalidou, Greece

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Proposal Title: "In The Memory Of...", 11/01/2007, Installation

Proposal Synopsis: The installation In The Memory Of... can be realized in the physical space of a square room. The idea is to create an environment which comments on the contemporaneous indifference towards human pain and suffering. The installation space, that is the square room, is set up as a living room with a comfortable couch and a low table in the center of it. Food snacks, preferably popcorn, have been placed on the table as well scattered on the floor. Three large video projections on the walls dominate the entire space. Two of the projections show selected photographic documents from the war in Iraq. Taken from several news agencies, these photographs report on city bombardments with victims non-combat populations. The third projection shows the animation I submitted to this site. In the animation, a person is sitting on the couch of a living room, watching projections of the war photographs and having snacks. At the same time, the space in front of the person is gradually getting stuffed with coffins. The animation presented in this site is part of the installation. At the present, it serves as a digital draft of the proposed installation.

Artist's Biography: Maria Paschalidou (b. Athens, Greece, 1966) is an artist working in installation, photography, digital imaging and video. Based on visual metaphors, ephemeral constructions and video performances, her work concerns the transformations of the Self in its contact with the urban, cultural and technological environment. She received an MFA in Photography (Columbia College Chicago, 2005). Her work has been presented in Europe, U.S., Canada, Switzerland, Albania, Bulgaria, Russia and Australia. She curated the exhibition Ekecheiria (Chicago, 2004), the public art performance/exhibition Visibility (Athens, 2007) and co-curated The Art of Artist Statement (Chicago, 2005). She currently lives and works in Athens.

Artist's Website: http://mariapaschalidou.com

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