I’d like you to tell me about your relation with the costume and
how it influences your work...
started working with costume three years ago, when I was developing a
project that was shown
at The Breeder gallery in Athens. I was based
in Vienna at that time and I was working on an imaginary opera under
the title ‘The Blue Soldier’, dealing with the contemporary
identity of the working class.
The project was developed in three
parts, and one of them was to create costumes like large figures,
order to build the core of a narration describing the shape and form
of the contemporary proletarian soul.
Costumes for me were the tool
to show the existential structure of my heroes.
your works explores masculinity and feminity, do costumes help you
explore the sexuality of your creatures?
the case of that project, (The Blue Soldier) yes. The costumes
organize the potential of the sexuality
of the characters. I used
archetypical structures such as phalluses and triagonal shapes to
I was not interested in showing genitals or
sexual active creatures;
it was more interesting for me to deal with
sexuality on a totemic basis.
what about your last project, ‘The Oblong Box’ ? Which is the
role of the costume here?
this show the concept of the project plays a very important role,
since it is based on late 70’-early 80’s horror films
shows addressed to kids. The costume helped me create a twist on the
notion of what we call ‘a cliché’.
I also made video works where
I designed costumes combining painting, clothing and puppets.
does the concept of the costume help you consist the content of your
me, the costume is the figure or stands for it. The figure for me
does not exist outside the context of my plot.
Costume and figure
create an existential fusion.
do you get your references and inspirations from?
references I use in my work are derived from the history of art,
literature and contemporary artistic production.
you choose to live and work in Vienna?
visited Vienna in 2007 to create a project for Krinzinger Gallery
which I collaborate, and I really liked that city.
So, I decided to
move there. Vienna is a beautiful and interesting place. It’s very
easy to work there and it is also
in the center of Europe, which is
very convenient for someone who travels a lot.
are Vienna’s pros and cons compared to Athens?
is a very interesting place as well, but in a very different way and
this why I never did this comparison in my mind.
Athens for me is
strongly related with friends and family so it’s a place very