(1988), NICOSIA, CYPRUS
DIAGRAMA (TRAINING FOR PERFORMANCE #6) (2016)
Photograph by Natalia Tsoukala for NEON and MAI
Centered on the body as a vehicle for the energy, skill, aesthetic ideals and ability seen in the world of sport and physical training, PASHIAS explores here the concept of contest. With an eye on completing a specific task, the body is brought in touch with the parameters of its own self, with its material and social dimensions. The artist will create a sporting ring — an arena set apart from the civic body — where the body, alone, trains for an upcoming competition in an attempt to push beyond its physical limits, and where the act of training to achieve the greatest possible performance is, in the end, equal to the contest itself.
The practice of Greek Cypriot visual artist PASHIAS is grounded in the field of performance art, installation and photography, by establishing the body as basic material for creation. PASHIAS sets up a situation or “environment” based on the relationship of a unit towards an ensemble, in a similar manner to how an individual is received or “perceived” within a social setting, as an investigation into alternative modes of communication through presence, exchange and co-existence. His work has been presented in solo and group exhibitions, as well as at international festivals in the United Kingdom, France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Russia, Norway, Finland, Estonia, Sweden, Bulgaria and Turkey. In 2013, PASHIAS co-founded the “epitelesis — Performance Art Foundation” as an international platform for the support of cultural activities, has been engaged in curating exhibitions and events on the relationship of live action to other practices, whilst working as an educator/lecturer through various academic programmes.
Performed as part of:
NEON + MAI | AS ONE
March 10 - April 24, 2016