The construction of the modern Greek nation in the 19th century followed a pattern that proved long-lasting enough to still permeate the country in its contemporary representation and understanding. The pattern focused on the ideals put forward by 3 words: “Nation-Religion-Family”.
These are the three principles that shaped the notion of the Greek national identity and have been haunting it ever since. They were put on the forefront by hegemonic powers, used by political parties, misused by a military dictatorshi, utilised by mass tourism; finally, they got under the skin of Greek society as whole.
Nowadays, “Nation – Religion – Family”, in its preliminary form, is mostly used as a motto of Greek conservative nationalists and far-right extremist groups. However the principles it promotes, have in some ways set a canon on what a “respectable” Greek ought to be, and have come to represent a toxic mentality that runs underneath the Greek society. This mentality seeks validation through a perceived illusion of superiority based on a tigh definition of normativity and these 3 words are very generous in that way.
Throughout my project, I expose this hidden charge, using iconography that represents the principles of nation, religion and family. I detach them from their usual connotations and transfer them into a reality where the uneasy powers that work under their surface are apparent. This way, animate and inanimate objects utter their own self identifying stories having shaken off their own forced narratives of fetish.