public intervention in thessaloniki, in front of the pier of the white tower
Five people get in cheap plastic bags typically used by immigrants, and start moving with and within them. The “live” bag remains alive till its inhabitant feels suffocated and starts looking for a way out. Slowly the zippers open and the bags “give birth” to human beings. They start running straight to the sea unburden themselves from their cloths, as if this is their final way out. But as soon as they reach the pier of the port, buckets of water are aggressively thrown on them, preventing them from falling into the water. They run back again and again to hide in the bag, shocked and tired of this endless “seek and hide” they are forced to play with the world.
When home is nothing more than your own body or the less possible space this body can occupy, any place on earth giving you access to this minimum human right, is welcomed. When from subject, man of the world or citizen of a country you are depersonalized and objectified; when the only way to survive is to constantly disappear, then it seems as Hannah Arendt writes: that the man who is nothing more than a man loses at once those qualities that make it possible for other people to behave him as a fellow human being.
Photos by Asimina Galoutzi
Duration: approx. 30 minutes
Thermaikos pier, in front of the White Tower,
Thessaloniki, October 2015