Art works in public spaces in Athens
Athens, Greece, 2004
Athina by Art is an ambitius enterprise ans the first of its kind in Greece, with works in public spaces in Athens by 83 contemporary Greek artists. Organized by AICA Hellas.
With the title The long process and strange adventures in the trial of life Elli Chrysidou once again composed a pictorial record of cultural, political and social life.
The twenty-four flagpoles, a number symbolizing a Unified Europe that has charted its policies through its history, evoke war, love, play and the infinite space of the human heart. The word-pairs printed on the flags, such as Απάτη-Αυγή (Deceit-Dawn), Έρως-Έρις (Eros-Strife), Ζήλος-Ζέφυρος (Ζeal-Zephyr), are at odds or in contradiction to the pictures on the flagpoles themselves, which include spider web, a boxing match, the moon. Inspired by the Hesiod's Theogony, Chrysidou invokes the gods who created the universe and juxtaposes every element that has contributed to disrupting its equilibrium.
Her images are a kind of confession, to herself initially, but which could not be realized outside the boundaries of visual art.
The representational features of Chrysidou's work are based on factors that allude, but not to somewhere intelligible. She is troubled over whatever moves, whatever transforms or bares her desires, and whatever escapes reason. Her quest for identity requires that she research “why things work” rather than “how they work”.
Elli Chrysidou remains an artist who communicates and makes public her specific concerns through an inexhaustible visual language.