From “The Sea”
Before the dream (or the terror) could weave
Mythologies and cosmogonies,
Before the time could mint itself into days,
The sea, the always sea, it had been and it was.
Who is the sea? Who is that violent
Antique being that gnaws at the pillars
Of the earth and is one and many of the seas
And abyss and splendor and chance and wind?
by Jorge Luis Borges
Who is the sea? Abyss, splendor, chance, wind? A body of multiple cultural, historical, mythological, religious, and since recently notably political inscriptions, the sea evokes an infinity of associations. Artist Aikaterini Gegisian invites the Green light participants to create a communal archive, a new collective body of knowledge of the sea through the assemblage of images, experiences, family stories, folk legacies and popular cultural references from diverse geographies, cultures and histories. Rejecting archival classifications based on geographical and chronological taxonomies, Gegisian encourages the intuitive excavation of subjectivities, memories, and associations giving rise to new possibilities for thought, mutual understanding, and a cosmogony of the Sea.
Aikaterini Gegisian lives and works between England and Greece. Her multi-faceted work explores how images (from still to moving) operate within a global media environment, shape the conscious and unconscious and contain new possibilities for thought. Through an ‘incomplete’ collection of found material and an ‘inappropriate’ juxtaposition of forms, her video, collage, photographic and sculptural works explore questions of identity, nationhood and collective memory by establishing connections between disparate visual languages, eras, people and civilizations. In 2015, she was one of the exhibiting artists at the Armenian Pavilion, 56th Venice Biennale, which received the Golden Lion for the best national participation. Her work was presented at recent survey exhibitions including the 56th Venice Biennale (Italy), 6th Moscow Biennale (Russia), 3rd Mardin Biennale (Turkey), 2nd Tallin Photomonth (Estonia), 1st Thessaloniki Biennale (Greece), and the 6th Gyumri Biennale (Armenia). Her work has also been shown in museums, galleries and in festivals internationally including DEPO, Istanbul; BALTIC Centre of Contemporary Art, Newcastle; Calvert 22 Foundation, London; Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, UK; Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, Athens; NARS Foundation, New York; Centre for Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, Greece; Spike Island Gallery, Bristol; Kasseler Dok Fest, Germany; Oberhausen Film Festival, Germany; Videoformes Festival, France, among others. Works of the artist are included in prominent private and museum collections.