Barbara's Dream

Performance presented in the context of V_ideas Επιτελέσεις, V_ideas Performances, Videas Performances 7-25 May 2014 at Beton 7. Curated by Dimosthenis Agrafiotis and Andreas Pashias. Link I was invited to perform at Beton 7 art space located in Votanikos area in Athens between Iera Odos* and Gazi*. Votanikos was always a traditional neighbourhood with open diy cinemas, jugglers and street gatherings. While researching, I met randomly a horse inside a garden. I was led to the owner Nikos, an old hospitable and isolated man who was living there with his family in a detachable house, collecting scrap metals, creating sometimes small sculptures from them and taking care of his three horses. Nikos who owned the garden, shared with me some stories from the past when his father had wealth and later the Nazis executed a man in this garden. His dream was to transform it into a park where children and horses can play. My idea was to connect Nikos and the horse with the people of Beton7 through a ritualistic procession. They came to the gallery with the horse and we guided everybody back to the garden where we shared some drinks and talks.Symbolically this work affirms the importance of relationship with other people, including socially isolated. I tried to bring the one to the space of the other and connect the different landscapes of the same neighbourhood. I wanted to emphasise in the relationship between dominated / dominant which also makes sense thinking of the position of the horse. 

* 1_Iera Odos, gr<Ιερά Οδός. Sacred Way: In ancient Greece, it was the road from Athens to Eleusis, the route taken by a procession celebrating the Eleusinian Mysteries, with a strong symbolic myth.

* 2_ Gazi: A historically industrial area. The gas light factory was founded there in 1857, many prostitute houses and low-income factory worker families. Since 2000s it is gentrified. Airbnb uprised the rents and the warehouses became nightclubs.

 Photos: INFERNO arts, scènes, attitudes # 04