Graphite and gold leaf on wall
The Greek-Italian edition of Homer’s Odyssey is run through by seven feathers found in various locations and countries during the artist’s rambles. Strung by a hole in the middle, the book dangles in the exhibition space. With this simple, radical gesture, the artist calls into question the belief in mythology. With an “i” replacing the “u,” the word “Europa” becomes an anagram for “Aporie,” which in French means “aporia.” An aporia is a difficulty in solving a problem, an impasse in reasoning or argument concerning a seemingly intractable, inevitable situation. In relation to the current state of migration policy, the term refers to questioning the history of Europe and the European Union. For, as Étienne Balibar asserts in discussing citizenship, democracy is necessarily built through aporia.