Performative Photography | Participatory Performance | Video
© Maria Paschalidou 2014

Semiotics of the Phantasma correlates the practices of photography, digital imaging and performance. It engages the dynamics of a ritualistic praxis and its connotations to propose collective modes of performing the photographic image. Its starting point is the visual material of the digitally manipulated photographic images that I call Tzatzala (Maria Paschalidou, 2009; 2012).

To this end, I invited volunteers to participate with me in a public performance in which the original cultural custom of ‘tzatzala’ would be re-enacted. The performance attempts to reconstruct the tradition of the original cultural custom by delving into its dynamics and using it as the apparatus for a communal experience of ‘healing’ in a particular geopolitical and historical context defined by both the escalation of the economic and the rising of the refugee crisis. 

Public Participatory Performance. Eressos, Lesvos, 21 July 2014