17/03/2010 – 25/04/2010
Curated By: Daphne Vitali
The National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens inagurated in January the series EMST Commissions 2010 which are commissions of new works for the museum’s Project Room. The works are realized with the kind support of Bombay Sapphire gin. The second work of the year is roomwithaview by Evanthia Tsantila. Tsantila will present the video installation roomwithaview as well as an artist’s book based on the same work.
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The work roomwithaview began in 2005, when Evanthia Tsantila set about observing and photographing the people and the scenes that were unfolding outside her studio window in Berlin. Just across the street there is a sex shop. The everyday activities that take place in front of the sex shop Erotica arouse the artist’s curiosity, who, acting as a voyeur, is observing and photographing stealthily behind the window curtain.
The artist then processed the photographs that she took, combining them with various texts from the realm of poetry, philosophy, literature, and so forth, seeking mental exchanges between the images she produced and the texts that she chose to accompany them. Thus, she produced a series of electronic messages, each of which consists of a photograph and a text, which she is sending, from 2005 to this day, to a large number of recipients. The artist creates multiple correlations between these two mediums and seeks different levels of reading the messages, opening up the interpretation of both text and image. The message’s subject line is often revealing, since it is a key to reading the relationship that the artist is seeking.
The recipient of the electronic messages becomes a participant and accomplice in the game of voyeurism that the artist has set up. A “secret” conversation is developing between the artist and each recipient, and a series of questions concerning the reality of the image, the object of observation and the relationship between the image and the text arises: Who is the one who is watching? What is he watching? How real is the image? What is the relationship between the image and the text?
Tsantila moves this “room with a view” from the social to the electronic realm, and from there she moves it to the architectural space of the Museum. The presentation of roomwithaview in the Museum’s Project Room does not mean the end of message sending. The work is still in progress on the internet.
Evanthia Tsantila was born in Thessaloniki and since 1998 she works and lives in Berlin. In 1997 she graduated from the Düsseldorf Kunstakademie where she studied with Jannis Kounellis. In 1999 she represented Greece in the 48th Venice Biennale and she participated at the Prague Biennale (2005), Gyumri Biennale Armenia (2006) and the 1st Biennale of Thessaloniki (2007). Her work has been presented in numerous international institutions and museums such as KW-Kunstwerke Berlin; Martin Gropius Bau Berlin; Volksbühne am Rosa Luxemburg Platz Berlin; Kunstmuseum Thun; Künstlerhaus Bethanien Berlin; National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens (EMST); State Museum of Contemporary Art and Centre of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki; Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki; MUAR-Suschev State Museum of Architecture Moscow; CRAC-Centre Regional d’Art Contemporain Languedoc-Roussillion Sète; Museum on the Seam Jerusalem.
The artist warmly thanks Luis Tiberio, Dimitri Kourtakis, Andrew Hurle, Periklis Douvitsas, Panagiotis Lazaridis, Alexis Dallas and Danae Stratou.
Photo: Evanthia Tsantila, roomwithaview