Georgia Sagri

A founding organizer of the Occupy Wall Street movement, Georgia Sagri's social activism (alongside her artistic activities) dates back to 1997, when she was a member of the Void Network in Athens. Sagri has organized the perambulatory curatorial project Saloon and the audio-only magazine Forté since 2009. In 2013 she initiated the semi-public and semi-personal space Ύλη[matter]HYLE in Athens, with the mission to develop a new model for the contemporary work-life structure. She has exhibited and participated in documenta 14 (2017), Manifesta 11 (2016), Istanbul Biennial (2015), La biennale de Lyon (2013), Whitney Biennial (2012), Thessaloniki Biennale (2011), and the Athens Biennale (2007).

  • Georgia Sagri Georgia Sagri and I

    Georgia Sagri Georgia Sagri and I

    Georgia Sagri, Christina Lehnert, and Philippe Pirotte

    The catalogue GEORGIA SAGRI GEORGIA SAGRI and I is published on the occasion of the eponymous solo exhibitions “GEORGIA SAGRI GEORGIA SAGRI” at Kunstverein Braunschweig, December 2017–February 2018, and “GEORGIA SAGRI and I” at Portikus, Frankfurt am Main, April–June 2018. As her first comprehensive publication, this catalogue surveys the multi-facetted oeuvre of the Greek artist Georgia Sagri. As the title of this book suggests, the staged objects Sagri produces are doubled modules, where each I or self can be “cross-eyed.” This effect, often produced theatrically, reorders the collective gaze to be subverted through a “catastrophe of emotions.” Across performance, video work, and sculpture, Sagri navigates the murky relationships between the artist's body and her body of work, subjectivity and persona, original and reproduction with equal parts humor and severity.

    Collected in this catalogue is both current documentation of Sagri's work and rich archival material since 1999; together they are juxtaposed against essays by Sotirios Bahtsetzis, Daniel Horn, Ruba Katrib, Christina Lehnert, Diego Singh and Stephen Squibb, an interview conducted with Silvia Federici, and a conversation between the artist, Bettina Funcke, and John Kelsey.

    Copublished with Kunstverein Braunschweig and Portikus, Frankfurt am Main

    ContributorsSotirios Bahtsetzis, Silvia Federici, Bettina Funcke, Daniel Horn, Ruba Katrib, John Kelsey, Christina Lehnert, Diego Singh, Stephen Squibb

    • Hardcover $29.95

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  • Sibyl's Mouths

    Sibyl's Mouths

    A Pure Fiction Publication

    Rosa Aiello, Ellen Yeon Kim, Erika Landström, Luzie Meyer, and Mark von Schlegell

    Textual and visual ephemera along with performative documents stemming from a reading of Mary Shelley's 1826 novel The Last Man.

    Mary Shelley's novel The Last Man tells the story of a great plague that ravages the globe and forever alters human history. Shelley structured the novel as a reconstruction of text fragments, prophetically written on leaves found scattered in a cave near Naples, left there by the Cumaen Sibyl, the ancient Greek priestess who served as a mouthpiece for the gods. Because the novel offers inescapable parallels with our own present day's great plague, the Pure Fiction group approached this work as a way of shedding light on larger contemporary cultural crises. The contributors' texts and their adjoining ephemeral counterparts—specially commissioned for this publication and the synonymous performance series at the Kölnischer Kunstverein—reflect on themes such as the weight of the past, solitude, our zeitgeist's radical shift in “intimacy,” repetition, and precariously living on our epoch's edge, all of which are framed in The Last Man's radical fictive rejection of romanticism.

    The Last Man: Shifting Theater utilizes Shelley's framework of textual and conceptual fragmentation, layering, and adaptation, like prophecies found on scattered leaves in an ancient cave—or more apt to our current time: like the ideas articulated and metamorphosed through aesthetic media. The publication will link Shelley's narrative framework with the interdisciplinary nature of the Pure Fiction's program debuting first at the Kölnischer Kunstverein in the spring of 2022.

    ContributorsRosa Aiello, Ellen Yeon Kim, Erika Landström, Concha Mendez (tr. by Aislinn McNamara), Luzie Meyer, Vera Palme, Elif Saydam, Mark von Schlegell, Mikhail Wassmer

    • Hardcover $32.00