Maria Tsagkari — Flying too Close to the Sun

By Stamatis Schizakis

Maria Tsagkari in front of her installation Heinrich Did It, 2016 at the National Museum of Contemporary Art Athens (EMST), photo by Anna Primou

Saturday 26 June 2021 10:00 a.m. Within the folder you will find a small coin, toss it in the air, if it comes heads up, take a photograph of the first shape that you will see in your way that reminds you of a triangle, if it is tails place the lens cap on your lens and take a photograph.

Despite the chance elements, Maria Tsagkari guides the hiker/photographer/curator like a director guides the camera operator. She overlaid the resulting images with text, styled like movie subtitles, in order to compose 13 film stills of a movie that was not filmed. Those film stills re-create the myth through a cryptic love narrative between two unknown persons that never fully appear in the work. Like in Ovid’s narrative, which gloriously describes the view from the Aegean sky, or in the painted mysterious rendition of the myth by Peter Bruegel the Elder titled Landscape with the Fall of Icarus, in Tsagkari’s work the landscape attains a major role. In the history of cinema, landscapes are often the backdrop of love stories. Is it possible that in Flying too Close to the Sun, the landscape itself is in love?

Maria Tsagkari, Flying too Close to the Sun, 2021 Courtesy of the artist

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Essays, texts and interviews about contemporary Greek artists and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Artist Fellowship Program. www.art-works.gr

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Essays, texts and interviews about contemporary Greek artists and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Artist Fellowship Program. www.art-works.gr