YIANNIS PAPPAS | PERFORMANCE INTERVENTION
Filmed by Tokomburu
Production by Inkas Film Productions
Yiannis Pappas, visual artist, (1978), Patmos, Greece | A Key
This work tackles the issue of confinement as a form of personal, political, economic and religious conflict, and as a state of social exclusion and exploitation. The title A Key is a homophone of the Greek work “εκεί” (pronounced “ekí” — meaning “there”) and, as such, encapsulates both a fixation on making an escape, and an act of coercion into a state of subjugation. Yiannis Pappas will focus on self-imposed states of bodily museum-confinement for eight hours each day. Making his way through a sequence of “cells”, his only tool for escape is a key, which he uses to break through the walls. A lack of imagination — that is, a spiritual limitation — is offset by repetitious action and an insistence on escape. The final confinement cell opens only when a visitor takes the key from his hands and slips it into the lock.
Commissioned and produced by NEON + MAI, Yiannis Pappas, A Key, on the occasion of AS ONE, Benaki Museum, Athens, 10 March – 24 April 2016, Filming Tokomburu, Production Inkas Film Productions.
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