bloc // September 21, 2010

The New Cut: Aikaterini Gegisian ? ?Diego Garcia? ⁄⁄

Date: 11th-13th November 2010 12-5.30pm
Location: england


Picture This presents the first UK solo showing of ´Diego Garcia”, a new work by artist Aikaterini Gegisian, accompanied by Aikaterini Gegisian in conversation with writer and critic Colin Perry.

´Diego Garcia shows us the dark underbelly of a troubled paradise. It asks us to think about how the idealisation of a place relates to perspective, distance, control and power. It turns answers into questions, and asks us to look at the world in all its brutal rawness.” Colin Perry

´Diego Garcia: is an artist’s documentary, which looks at the deportation of the inhabitants of the Chagos Islands in the Indian Ocean (now the site of one of the biggest American military bases in the world) by the British Government to Mauritius. The film juxtaposes text extracts from the Chagossian`s High Court testimonies ´ which collectively portray the islands as a paradise lost ´ with a camera that continuously wanders in the Mauritian landscape. These testimonies become the starting point for looking at Mauritius and the Indian Ocean as a complex set of relationships and act as catalysts in unravelling the hidden traces of history inscribed in spaces.

In collaboration with Kalfayan Galleries (Athens-Thessaloniki), ´Diego Garcia” has been shown at the Elefsina Cultural Center ‘L. KANELLOPOULOS’, Greece, Guest Projects, London and will be shown at Thessaloniki Center of Contemporary Art, Greece in 2011.

Copies of Aikaterini: Falling In Place (including The Long View, a commissioned essay by Colin Perry), published by Kalfayan Galleries (Athens-Thessaloniki, Greece), will be on sale.

´Diego Garcia” was produced through Picture This’ Small Wonders scheme and funded by the Arts Council England, Thessaloniki Contemporary Art Center and PARTage Residencies, Mauritius.


Saturday 13 November, 2 pm

Aikaterini Gegisian in conversation with writer and critic Colin Perry, introduced by Beth Alden from Picture This.

A discussion between Aikaterini Gegisian and Colin Perry will look at some of the ideas within the work and explore the artist’s processes in producing the film.

Colin Perry is an art writer based in London. Aside from writing catalogue essays, he contributes regularly to art magazines such as Art Monthly and Frieze, and has also written for ArtReview, Art in America, Modern Painters, Catalogue magazine and MAP. He presents talks and discussions on contemporary art and regularly appears on Art Monthly’s radio programme on Resonance 104.4 FM.

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