A pleasure to explore the project “Combat Breathing” that took place in EMST National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens as a metaphor of the political pressure and economic austerity in Greece.
Production: Out of the Box Intermedia
Conception and curation: Sozita Goudouna
In collaboration with EMST and the Performa Biennial New York.
The project takes as a starting point the “shortness of breath” derived from the experience of political pressure and economic austerity in Greece during the last years, exploring its connection with performance art and embodied politics.
Air, the most necessary and common of all living resources, becomes a material signifier for the invisible political bonds that constitute a society.
Combat Breathing aims to engage with the perceptual and political imaginary of the beholders and to provide the potential of public engagement with breath, so as to encourage multiple perspectives on health, art and life, and so as to establish original methods of understanding the role that respiration plays in our sensory, emotional and spiritual life.
Screenings by the artists:
Liz Magic Laser, Karen Finley, Kelly Nipper, Raqs Media Collective, Jesper Just, Valie Export, John Latham, Jenny Marketou and Nikos Navridis.
The installation “Breathing Booth” by the artist Peggy Kliafa, whose work is also presented in MEDinART was be presented in the entrance of the Screening Room.