We were facing the wrong way when the island sank
Screenprint, edition of 3, 2015.
Created for the group exhibition 'Curious Artefacts' curated by Becky Campbell at The Artwall, Athens.
Kalypsō lived on the island of Ogygia where she detained Odysseus for several years. The etymology of Kalypsō's name is from καλύπτω (kalyptō), meaning "to cover", "to conceal", "to hide", or "to deceive".
‘The page that was blank to begin with is now crossed from top to bottom with tiny black characters – letters, words, commas, exclamation marks – and it’s because of them the page is said to be legible. But a kind of uneasiness, a feeling close to nausea, an irresolution stays my hand – these make me wonder: do these black marks add up to reality? The white of the paper is an artifice that’s replaced the translucency of parchment and the ochre surface of clay tablets; but the ochre and the translucency and the whiteness may all possess more reality than the signs that mar them’
- Jean Genet, Prisoner of Love