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Intervention | Evgenia Tsanana: Office for Public Unburdening

  • Benaki Museum 138 Pireos Athina, 118 54 Greece (map)

Evgenia Tsanana, visual artist (1964),

Thessaloniki, Greece

Office for Public Unburdening

Emotional relief in times of crisis — this is what’s on offer in this work by Evgenia Tsanana, that springs from the acknowledgment that pain is eased when shared with others. The artist will create a participatory work, an office where visitors can relieve whatever is burdening them by describing their own nightmares. These nightmares are written down in pencil on paper, then wiped out with erasers. The rubbings left behind are then saved and stored. On the final day, the artist will walk down to Piraeus and throw the rubbings into the sea, before returning to close the Museum, both literally and figuratively. Through the repetition of the nightmare documentation and transformation process over the course of six days, the Office for Public Unburdening seeks to symbolically reduce the burden of collective misery brought on by the crisis that is weighing Greece down in a joint intervention undertaken with visitors that is founded upon mutual trust.