Zak Kostopoulos (Zackie Oh!), a queer activist and human rights defender, died on 21 September 2018. He was trapped inside a jewellery store on Gladstonos Street in Athens by the shop’s owner. Despite trying to escape he was badly beaten by the jeweller, before being arrested and beaten again, this time by eight police officers. He died while being transported by ambulance to the hospital.
The power to construct identity has always rested with the powerful. From colonialism and racial Othering to an inherently dominant masculinity and sexual Othering, the identity of the Self has always been placed in the center. While still structuring the social norms, it continues to alienate the person labelled as the "Other''. As a consequence this leads to social inequalities and collective traumas.
If identities are innately relational; how can we use new forms of power to construct different realities than the one that sees the White cis-male at the center?
By creating this textile spatial installation I seek to establish a different reality of the "Other" identity. The viewer engages with the piece physically and thus finds themselves in a constant dialogue due to the unavoidable dissociation.