The live performance “I’ve made you a palm tree” brings together the fields of visual art and design – in terms of contemporary creation – alongside archival research in collaboration with the Phivos Stavrides Foundation, revealing the presence of palm trees onto the Cypriot landscape, as a cultural symbol that relates to identified locality and the notion of displacement. The human body is paralleled to the physical characteristics and conceptual parameters of the palm tree – a tall and sturdy column rooted into the soil, defying the horizon with its vertical outreach, opening up towards the sky into an ‘eruption’ of long needle-like leaves. According to the palm seed’s historical route of travel and implementation in Cyprus, the migration of sociopolitical ideals presents itself as a process of appropriation resulting in integrated symbols – both familiar and local, as well as ‘foreign’ and exotic – that open up a field of contested identities.
PASHIAS is a visual artist, active in the field of performance art, installation and photography, heading this project in idea development, execution, as well as aesthetic and conceptual direction. Katerina Scoufaridou is an architect and designer, responsible for navigating the performance’s spatial relation to site-specificity and design parameters. Iosif Hadjikiriakos is the head of the Phivos Stavrides Foundation, responsible for idea development and archival research, composing documentation and writings assessing the artwork’s significance to current sociopolitical identity issues.
Carmen Olaechea, Argentina, has been working 30 years with the Latin American civil society. The last 10 years the main focus of her work has been related to art and social transformation, conflict transformation and sustainability.