Despina Zacharopoulou: Corner Time

 

DESPINA ZACHAROPOULOU

CORNER TIME (2016)

Duration: 7 Weeks

Photographs by Natalia Tsoukala and Panos Kokkinias for NEON and MAI

This performance explores the mental spaces that open up during control exchange in human relationships. Over the course of seven weeks, for eight hours per day, the artist will “host” the audience in an enclosed space and perform a set of actions combining methods and goals drawn from practices of meditation, discipline and restriction. The goal of this piece is to create potent, experimental situations of control exchange while playing with the multiple functions of the gaze: a mechanism for introspection, surveillance, recognition and communication.

Despina Zacharopoulou is a visual artist based in Athens and London. The recipient of an Onassis Foundation scholarship, she is a practice-led research student in Performance and Sculpture at the Royal College of Art in London, supervised by performance artist Professor Nigel Rolfe. Her multidisciplinary practice includes performance, installations, video art, sculpture,costumes and objects, reflecting her academic studies and professional experience in the fields of fine art, architecture and costume design. Despina has participated in various exhibitions in Greece, Belgium, Russia and the UK and has received scholarships and awards for her academic achievements. Apart from her artistic practice, she is also a certified Hatha Yoga instructor. Despina has worked as an assistant tutor at the NTUA School of Architecture and the School of Fine Arts in Athens. Her recent projects and her academic research focus on performance-based practices in order to explore our relation to alterity.


Performed as part of:

 
 

NEON + MAI | AS ONE
March 10 - April 24, 2016
Benaki Museum
Athens, Greece


AS ONE 7 WEEK DURATIONAL PERFORMANCES