Y0u +I / a non-binary love story
My work “Y0u + I / a non-binary love story” explores the nature of love and eroticism in a society where technology is in continual development, changing everything around us.
In today’s reality, where individuals find themselves constantly connected to the rest of the world through their digital selves – incessantly feeding digital networks with data from their lives, and all the while absorbing huge amounts of information from the world around them – the nature of the Ego finds itself under constant transformation. At the same time, notions of sexual identity and eroticism are engaged in processes of unprecedented renegotiation, both within individuals themselves and within societal networks in their entirety.
The work “Y0u + I” concerns itself with concepts of love and gender in a world constantly being transformed by masses of data and information.
In this environment, flooded with a torrent of digital data, we see the erotic attraction between two entities whose gender is both present and absent in the same moment. They function by intimating traditional roles while simultaneously undermining them; male and female coexist in a way that ends up unifying the two notions, and the only thing that matters is love itself and the very charm of attraction. And in the end, individuals can experience attraction to their own selves through their reflection in the Other.
Bodies interact in erotic ways within an overwhelming environment and, at the end of the day, their interactions function as a recollective echo of archetypal love, creating both discord and concord with the now, since love is at bottom a universal notion – one that individuals will always experience, and always seek out in their surroundings.
Concept and texts curated by Evangelia Baklava.
Tom in Greece
HOMOSEXUALS LEARN TO LIE BEFORE THEY LEARN TO LOVE.
A successful, cosmopolitan gay man, Tom travels to the Greek countryside to attend his lover’s funeral.
Shattered by his loss, he meets the deceased’s family for the first time: the mother, who has no idea who Tom is and what he meant to her son, and the brother, whose main concern is to hide the truth at any cost.
Despite the “toxic” environment, Tom appears loath to leave, even as relations among the different characters, beset as they are by power games and repressed desires, devolve into pathology. Gradually, the blurring boundaries between violence and lust lead to a tragicomic unveiling of truth, repression, and violence.
SARANTOS GEORGIOS ZERVOULAKOS
TOM ANTONIS PRIMIKYRIS
AGATHE RENIA LOUIZIDOU
FRANCIS LEFTERIS POLYCHRONIS
SARA EVA MARIA SOMMERSBERG
Backstage video by George Kokkalis while taking photographs