History Zero · Stefanos Tsivopoulos @ CACT | 03.10.14 – 10.01.15
Stefanos Tsivopoulos represents Greece at the 55th International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia with his work History Zero, which was unveiled at the Giardini during the preview on 29 May 2013. Syrago Tsiara is the curator of the show.
History Zero, specially commissioned for the Venice Biennale from the Greek Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs, Culture and Sports, comprises a film of three episodes alongside an archive of text and images. The film questions the value of money through the stories of three completely different individuals, an old demented collector of contemporary art, an immigrant who collects scrap metal, and an artist who collects images. History Zero explores the role of money in the formation of human relationships.
The archive is a collection of evidences about various models of alternative, non-monetary exchange systems. However, the role of this archive is not just to document these models but it stands as a political statement suggesting a reformation towards autonomous communal patterns and forms of survival and resistance.
History Zero appears in a critical moment in contemporary Greek and European reality. It is the moment that a multi-layered crisis culminates and at the same time, the crisis context opens possibilities for a different visualization of the future. It suggests a moment of rupture with the historical continuum, a moment when old forms die and the new ones are not born yet.
With this new work, Tsivopoulos is aiming at bringing agency and urgency in matters such as history, politics and economy. Tsivopoulos approaches our relationship with money poetically, from a philosophical perspective, proposing visionary ways to reaffirm solidarity, cooperation and co-responsibility in response to the present crisis. History Zero implies not the end, but a point of departure, of recovery and growth: the beginning of something new. The combination of the archive and films brings together the diverse culture surrounding economic exchange whilst challenging the social, political and performative aspect of alternative currency models.
Based in Amsterdam and Athens, Stefanos Tsivopoulos’ work refers to the past, collective and individual memory, the genius loci or protective spirit of a place, and notions of public discourse. His work also deals with the technology of the image, television aesthetics and the historical authenticity of cinema.
The project is curated by Syrago Tsiara, Director of the Thessaloniki Center of Contemporary Art, Greece, and has been commissioned by the Hellenic Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs, Culture and Sports.
More info: historyzero.gr
Schedule: Tuesday – Saturday: 10:00-18:00