Οπτική Εαυτονομία / Optical Self-Autonomy
Installation / Visual art / Photography
This project was created by Anna Messini and Daisy Serdari to be presented in a group a graphic design exhibition with the general title "FREE". The exhibition took place in the Macedonian Museum of Modern Art and was part of a week long festival titled “Made in Thessaloniki” which aimed to promote the creative community of the city. The theme of the exhibition was inspired by the celebration of the 100th year anniversary of Thessaloniki’s liberation. The installation is our response to the question “what do you thing Thessaloniki should be liberated from” and it’s our comment on the concept of freedom.
Our main goal was to communicate the idea that the greatest freedom is letting people keep their on view of things. Being free is being able to experience reality through your own perception and not be forced to accept other people’s views and opinions. This goes both ways meaning that being free is being able to respect other people’s views.
Thessaloniki, like any other city is defined by it’s citizens and therefore is a mosaic of established mentalities, behaviors and concepts which at this point are quite negative due to the socio-economical crisis. In this context, the easy way to react is to blame others for all the bad things happening in our lives. People protest and refuse responsibility. They detest their reality and blame others for the way they see the world around them. They let themselves be filled with guilt sadness fake sensitivity and criticism. In other words they let themselves be blinded by this prism of negativity and then protest the use of the prism. They forget that nobody can force you use a pair of glasses unless you let yourself look.
There are many ways to see life and every way is the right way for different unique people. We asked for citizens of Thessaloniki to show us the way they view life in the city. We collected the photographs using a facebook group (http://www.facebook.com/?ref=tn_tnmn#!/groups/333079950067986) then created a collage symbolizing the mosaic of different perceptions and presented it in the form of this installation. The visitors were able to interact with the installation viewing other people’s view of reality with a pair of glasses of their own choosing. This way we let people make their own mind on the way they perceive their fellow citizens view of things.