Being-seen-by-another is the truth of seeing the other

by Georgia Kotretsos

October 8-11, 2015

© Georgia Kotretsos, Courtesy of the artist

In the myth of Narcissus, a pool served as the surface onto which he gazed at his own reflection. In Kotretsos’ work, that surface is the audience’s gaze: her artwork is the place where the viewer’s gaze finds refuge, and yet, the work is also reflected in the viewer’s gaze, in a complex and mutual narcissistic relationship. The  triptych on view in the Foyer are the result of three consecutive moments, an open invitation for further narcissism that finds an interesting parallel with the ancient Greek myth, where the act of gazing takes central stage in the doomed love of the nymph Echo for Narcissus.

Georgia Kotretsos is a visual artist based in Athens who has lived and studied in South Africa, Natal and the United States. Her practice encourages speculative approaches to how knowledge is produced by resisting its traditional and historical acquisition.

She has exhibited in group exhibitions in Greece and abroad and has had five solo shows, most recently at the Maximilians Forum in Munich, Germany organized and curated by C9. She co-founded with artist, Natasha Papadopoulou, the Athens based collective WOMEN WITH TALENTS (2013) and co-founded Boots Contemporary Art Space, St. Louis (Missouri), USA (2006). She founded and edited the Boot Print journal (2006-10) and in 2009-13, served as a columnist for the PBS Arts feature Art:21 with her column “Inside the Artist’s Studio”. In December she will be an artist-in-residence at the International Artists in Bern program.

IMAGES FROM LEFT TO RIGHT

1. Art Institute of Chicago (AIC), Modern Wing, Chicaog, United States

2. National Museum of Contemporary Art (EMST), Athens, Greece

3. Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art (MMCA), Thessaloniki, Greece

© installation photograph by Beowulf Sheehan