«AS IT IS» #COVID19 On-Going Project
An illustrated depiction of our reality, now that the experiences are common.
Athena Sotiroglou and Evangelina Karyophyllis are quarantined.
The horizon of compulsory residence at home is still unclear.
They try to abstract themselves and define their daily lives
What are the similarities among the people it might concern
This is how a new project is born starring the En dynamei ensemble
Inspiration for the project is Michael Kliën's text "the story of the polar bear".
Unsung heroes, "polar bears", isolated in their space, common actions shared with content necessarily banal. The way everyone really is. It is this poetry of senselessness, routine, confinement and loneliness that motivates young artists to depict people in an uncertain moment of humanity. Every week a new hero is added to the collection. Until this loneliness is absorbed by collective subjectivity.
"I do not know whether you are familiar with the story of the polar bear who lived in a very small cage. When they let it circulate in a larger enclosure, it continued to move in the previous spatial frame, from left to right again, just as it had been used to. So this bear Is Us!
Stuck to the standards formed from our birth, we carry rules that are not our own. And the rules have this awesome feature, they can largely define us. We Mad Men, reserved in ourselves, we accept errors as Truth, lies as Reality, violence and ugliness as Beauty and Justice. Enclosed walls continue to rise, dull our minds.»
(Excerpt from the text of Michael Kliën " the story of the polar bear»)
Credits of the project:
Conception-Idea: Athena Sotiroglou, Evangelina Karyophyllis, Eleni Dimopoulou
Illustration: Athena Sotiroglou, Evangelina Karyophyllis, Orestis Dimopoulos
Coordination-Organization: Eleni Dimopoulou
Editing by Eleni Efthymiou, Haris Serdari, Noemi Vassiliadou, George Zisis Bilionis
Pictured heroes: Members of En dynamei ensemble