Strangers in close proximity

Strangers in close proximity / 2018 / oil pastel on tied collection of urban fragments

Inspired by Bauman’s text : ‘City and social change are almost synonymous. Change is the quality of city life and the mode of urban existence. Change and city may, and indeed should, be defined by reference to each other. Why is it so, though? Why must this be so? It is common to define cities as places where strangers meet, remain in each other’s proximity, and interact for a long time without stopping being strangers to each other...’. -Zygmunt Bauman, 2003, ‘City of Fears City of Hopes’

Strangers in close proximity / Installation view at 'Acropolis at the bottom' /ASFA /Athens 2018

They were, those people, a kind of solution / 2017 / spray paint and oil pastel on urban fragments tied with denim cloth

On this collection of found urban fragments is written the last two lyrics of C. P. Cavafy’s poem “Waiting for the Barbarians” [-And now, what’s going to happen to us without barbarians? – They were, those people, a kind of solution.]. The fragments are tied with denim cloth. I used denim as something more human, in contrast with the other objects here, that people only reflect on. In my viewpoint, denim as a material that touch the skin, has a different memory in it.