YORGOS SAPOUNTZIS / GRC
*1976, lives and works in Berlin
Sapountzis’s sculptures, installations and fabric works often have a performative character. They oscillate between chaos and order, anarchic disorder and the formation of new structures. It is not uncommon for the artist to perform, arrange materials, assemble and disassemble and continuously transform the scenery. From the very beginning, the classic art of his country of origin has been something to work against and a play with. His multi-media works engage both public and private spaces. Many of his projects take as their starting point public monuments, objects that represent some aspect of social, collective memory. Sapountzis’s interest in experimenting with sculpture and its impact and signification in public space roots in the richness of antique monuments in his native city of Athens. He is, however, less interested in what a specific monument depicts, but the fact that the form means something particular for a group of people.
As with all of Sapountzis's work, his design for the Storkow market square shows how a city can function as a stage for artistic research and invention. The starting point here is not the collective, but the individual in the form of the artist himself, represented by his clothing. On the one hand it is about the idea that clothing expresses the self and represents the human being, his taste, his whole essence. In this sense, the flag sewn from the artist's clothing corresponds in its mode of operation to a flag of state or a sports club - the group represented is extremely small. 'The artist is present' - permanently. The other possibility is that he has only shed his skin and his authentic self, previously hidden under his clothes, has long since been on the move elsewhere.