SALOON: There is no country in our hearts
Georgia Sagri

  • SALOON: There is no country in our hearts

Between September 27 and October 3 the Museum shows first from the series of three innovative performances by New York performance artists, who will work with the current new presentation of the collection to expand its frame and outline to new boundaries, interactions, notions, and readings.

As part of the exhibition "In the Heart of the Country", SALOON by Georgia Sagri presents "There is no country in our hearts". SALOON is an ongoing performance project initiated in 2007. SALOON will be working on the collection and its reconfiguration through series of performances with works in the Museum collection and works of the invited artists: Roman Stańczak and Kostis Velonis, Zofia Kulik and Anna Molska, Geta Brătescu and Asli Çavuşoğlu, Jack Smith and Bill Kouligas. Through “hijacking” of a curatorial process this performance in duets reshapes the environment of dynamic exchanges between seen works.

SALOON manifests Sagri's involvement in ideas of movement, flee, and deterritorialization. "It derives just out of need for enjoyment and constant change. Assuming there is no passive and active, inside and outside, representation and representatives what kind of social grounds can be created? SALOON is the moment of question not answer."


I. September 27 (Friday) at 8pm

Roman Stańczak and Kostis Velonis

II. September 28 (Saturday) at 8pm

Zofia Kulik and Anna Molska

III. October 2 (Wednesday) at 8pm

Geta Brătescu and Asli Çavuşoğlu

IV. October 3 (Thursday) at 8pm

Jack Smith and Bill Kouligas


SALOON: There is no country in our hearts

"There is no country in our hearts" I told her and she looked at me with surprise. I couldn't suggest a drink after that look of hers. With that gaze of hers, its discomfort that made me think of my knees and how I need to open my bag without reason, just checking things in my bag I walked and walked for hours. I started recording my voice saying how I hate being asked from which country I am, those shitty borders, nationalities, national expectations for what, for whom exactly are those expectations for, for which reason to talk my mother tongue like there is something that belongs to me when I speak it? I want my steps to be steps of pleasure for the things I do that I don't need to name, - I recorded that- the smells, sounds, textures, clothing and behaviors of a different world.

G.S. 2013


Georgia Sagri (born 1979) is an artist who lives in Athens and New York. She
presented her intensely structured performances and installations: Williamsburg (2013) at MoMA PS1 in New York; Antigone Model at Kunst-werke, Berlin; Working The No Work Whitney Biennial 2012; Live Portfolio 2007-2011 as part of Grand Openings Return of the Blogs, Museum of Modern Art, New York; Masks/Species of Politics Guggenheim Bilbao; Do Jaguar at On Stellar Rays, New York, in 2009, among other venues.

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