Vasili Papathanasopoulos

Red

Red employs monochrome as a tool, not only to conceal the body, but draw attention to it and the political/cultural acts being performed on the body. The work also explores the employment of the monochromatic colour to pose questions about the desire to withdraw the self from self-representation.

Taking hair cutting – as a familial ritual – as its focus, Red draws attention to a simple but loaded act being performed on the body. Culturally, hair cutting is seen as a celebration akin to a baptism, with a first hair-cut being a rite of passage.

The work juxtaposes the intimate relationship between my sister and I through the violent but intimate act of cutting. Using colour as a device to draw attention to the act the work examines and critiques the way bodies have been written by society and the way they’re understood culturally.