The work is displayed as part of the permanent exhibition
Video, colour, with sound
Purchased in 2008
Inv. No. 603/08
Stefanos Tsivopoulos creates videos, installations, and performances which highlight issues of subjectivity within structures and systems of domination, such as, for instance, history, archives, the existing political system, journalism, television, or cinema. In Tsivopoulos’ video installation titled Land, the viewer watches three men of different nationalities as they wander about a rocky landscape. Their wandering Is documented in a fragmented way, initially through close-ups while gradually the viewing angles change into wider shots. The three men, like castaways who have just reached land, begin to wonder about their whereabouts —each one in his language— striving to conceptually approach the place they have found themselves in, through a series of questions: “What is the name of this place? Who is the owner of this place? Can this territory be topographically and geographically defined or is this a vacuum space?” Quite unexpectedly, the last shot reveals to the viewer that the place is in fact an uninhabitable desert island. Between a tragicomedy sketch and a philosophical essay, Tsivopoulos’ Land reiterates fundamental, timeless questions on territory, borders, and population displacements.
Stamatis Schizakis, text from the permanent exhibition guide ENTER EMST : Collection & History, A short guide, 2020