b. 1972 THESSALONIKI, GREECE
THE NEVER-ENDING SONG (2016)
Photographs by Natalia Tsoukala and Panos Kokkinias for NEON and MAI
Touching upon issues of immigration and emigration, Serafita Grigoriadou presents a work that references the voice and memory — that is, the voice as a special facet of the soul that is impressed in our memory. Emigration, which has left its indelible mark on Greek history and our collective childhood memories, is transformed into a traditional song, a common motif in her work. The artist traverses the space, repeating her song over and over for eight hours each day, changing positions and levels to transport her voice and her soul’s memories throughout the Benaki Museum, with moments of intensity and silence, with whispers and melodies.
Serafita Grigoriadou studied Theology at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, and acting at the Drama School of the National Theatre of Northern Greece and the “Embros” Drama School. She works as an actress and performer in the theatre (National Theatre of Greece, Michail Marmarinos, among others) and cinema (“Matchbox”, “Tale 52”, “DOS”, “Alpha”, among others). Her latest work is the transmedia cinematic performance “Alpha”, a crowdfunded, evolving and ongoing (2013 to date) project that blends cinema, theatre and performance.
Performed as part of:
NEON + MAI | AS ONE
March 10 - April 24, 2016