2021 | PASHIAS
Drive-in performance by PASHIAS
In the aftermath of the pandemic era, visual artist PASHIAS proposes the drive-in
performance “DAME”, inviting audience members to drive, park and meet in an empty parking lot. The experience of a landscape environment through the view of one’s car as private shelter, transforms into an interconnected herd of vehicles. Forced to reevaluate the parameters of human contact in terms of physical distance, PASHIAS ‘plants’ himself in the middle of common ground occupied by neighboring entities. Signaling the precarious nature of current sociopolitical settings, “DAME” points to our ‘here’ and ‘now’ in an attempt to protest, to challenge and to reclaim the distance between us.
Drive-in performance “DAME” is presented as the continuation of research project “I’ve made you a palm-tree” conducted by PASHIAS, Iosif Hadjikyriakos (Phivos Stavrides Foundation) & Katerina Scoufaridou (Emblem Gallery). Initiated in 2018, the project begun with the homonymous 24/7 exhibition that took place at Former Hondos Centre from December 2020 to April 2021, centred on the establishment of the palm-tree as a staple feature in Cyprus’ landscape, heritage and identity, investigating historical documents and testimonies, alongside contemporary social and cultural urgencies. More information: www.pashias.art/ive-made-you-a-palm-tree
PASHIAS is a visual artist, specialising in the art of performance, that will be heading this project in idea development, its physical execution, as well as overall aesthetic and conceptual direction. Katerina Scoufaridou is an architect and fashion designer, responsible for navigating the performance’s spatial relation to its presentation site, as well as for the fabrication of props and costume design necessities. Iosif Hadjikiriakos is the head of the Phivos Stavrides Foundation, responsible for idea development and archival research that is relevant to the performance’s thematic outline, composing new text documentation and writings assessing the artwork’s significance to current sociopolitical identity issues.