“It can be bizarre seeing a work of art by somebody who doesn’t come from your own country, but who seems to have interpreted the feelings and hopes you harbour for your nation in a much better way than you would have done. Yet, as much as puzzling as this may seem, this is perfectly understandable in a world in which communication between people and nations have created a major economic, political, and cultural fluidity and cross-cultural exchange.”
Once upon a time a woman never got married, but had many fulfilling relationships, a job that kept her comfortable, an apartment that she got to decorate just for her, and hobbies that stimulated her mind.
Entitled “History Zero”, Tsivopoulos’ project features archival material about different currencies - from barter, beer or shell money to microfinance, mobile money and bitcoins. A film in three parts tackles the theme of money and currency value giving it an ironic twist: an elderly art collector suffering from Alzheimer’s disease spends her time making origami flowers with Euro banknotes; a young immigrant from Africa collects scrap metal with a supermarket trolley, while an artist randomly walks around Athens taking pictures on his iPad. The art collector’s origami flowers assume a new value when the young immigrant surprisingly finds them in a rubbish bin, while his “gold”, that is the supermarket trolley full of scrap metal, becomes an inspiring treasure in the hands of the visionary artist.