Maria Paschalidou

Rehearsing memories: Performative aspects of political loss

My postdoctoral research deals with the question of political loss and the ways in which mnemonic performances produced thereby redefine the boundaries of what is visible/present in public space and time. Particularly, I concentrate on the case of the political murder of the musician Pavlos Fyssas by members of the neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn on September 18, 2013 in Keratsini, a suburban area of Piraeus in Greece. How does this political loss produce temporalities of memory and mnemonic performance? What concerns and what needs arise in art from such an extreme act of censorship as that of the irreversible end of one of its people, of his political artwork and its aesthetic approach? Dealing with this political loss from the point of view of a visual artist/photographer and researcher, I explore the above questions combining social theory with artistic performance and tracing the fact in the intricate field of the interrelations between aesthetics and politics. My proposal to SAR conference is an online participatory presentation. Specifically, I will present video fragments of my research and invite the audience to share any relevant experience and/or memory of political loss. My intention is to generate a conversation on how art research practices can respond to the urgencies and emergencies posed by the current rising of neo-fascist movements in Europe. I also intend to video-record this conversation and include it in my postdoctoral research.

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Maria Paschalidou is a visual artist, photographer and researcher. Her artwork has been featured in exhibitions, festivals and events in Europe as well as in the US, Canada, Russia, Australia and Asia. She studied Economics at the University of Macedonia (Thessaloniki) and Photography at Focus School (Athens). She holds an MFA in Photography (Columbia College Chicago, USA) and a PhD in Lens-based Media (De Montfort University, UK).