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Itinerant Performance Art Festival, New House Center of Contemporary Art, 5/5/2012, Staten Island, New York, USA
Performed and Designed by Ioanna Neophytou, Spyros Charalampopoulos
Τhe performance was a violent process of revealing a destroyed sculpture as an allegoric metaphor of recreation through distraction. The subject of this performance was the new economic situation in Greece, the country going through the worst crisis in Europe, with the biggest debt, the largest budget deficit and the largest economic decline. For the past eight years Greece has been in a general political, economic and social crisis that provokes insecurity, inability to adjust, fear and despair in every day life among its population. Using statistics such as the debt's percentages, the unemployment's rate, the number of suicides as well as drug addicts, migration, etc., the performance focused on how the crisis affects the lowest social classes and the marginalised citizens. The ancient sculpture, as the symbol of Greek's past and nowadays national illusion, represents the destroyed national pride, that in fact cannot help the new financial difficulties. The glorious past becomes insufficient to imagine the future and no history-tale seems able to respond and provide a solution for the crisis.