Nitra Gallery in Athens presents the solo show of Theodoros Zafeiropoulos entitled 'This is my property'. A video projection along with a series of mixed media and UV print images are presented in the ninth solo show of the artist.
Barbed-wire fences, metal constructions, shafts: man-made limits that mark ownership and illustrate the illusion of control contained in that concept. This is my property. An exhibition that explores the limits of individual, national and historical property and the dead ends it frequently entails.
Places marked by spatially intrusive human constructs which are accepted as simple extensions of established property rights. The viewer’s attention is drawn precisely to this complacent acceptance of constructed boundaries and their political ramifications. But all this is achieved materially, aesthetically: the images show by their use of different visual media—documentary photography, digital prints, painting, assemblages—the tensions inherent in the concept of a border and its enforcement. Seen in this framework, the works oscillate transparently between the aesthetic and the political, between insinuation and statement, carefully sidestepping any assertion.
This is my property. A phrase full of dogmatic connotations, yet open to multiple readings. What is defined today as property may be disputed tomorrow. Today’s opulent hilltop villa may be tomorrow’s ruin. The established illusion of entitlement that comes with property occupies centre stage, and along with it larger topics emerge: public environment policy, the depressing truth of humanitarian crises. Through this prism, the exhibition asks a question of the viewer: what does actually belong to us?