Inspired by the famous work "The Wanderer above the Sea of Fog" by Caspar David Friedrich the video "The wanderer above the EU-borders" shapes and re-shapes a new utopian human re-presentation as a metaphor for the unknown future.
Gaddis (2004) felt that the impression the wanderer's position atop the precipice and before the twisted outlook leaves "is contradictory, suggesting at once mastery over a landscape and the insignificance of the individual within it." Today we have become our own avatar in a digital universe. ‘The individualism of technological civilization relies precisely on a misunderstanding of the unique self’, writes the French philosopher Jacques Derrida.
Yiannis Pappas is a visual and performance artist based in Berlin. He studied sculpture and photography in the Athens School of Fine Arts until 2008. During the last year of his studies he attended Christiane Möbus class at the University of Arts in Berlin (UdK) and completed the artistic and scientific Master of Arts “Space Strategies” at the Academy of Arts Weißensee in Berlin with Prof. Maren Strack and Prof. Kathrin Wildner. He is awarded by Academy of Athens, State Scholarship Foundation (IKY), Goethe Institute Residencies and German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). Yianni’s work has been exhibited in Israel, Germany, Mexico, France, Chile, Italy, India, Greece and Egypt. Religion, urbanism, nature and cultural spaces are central to his artistic themes, while the notion of intervention dominates his work.
"The Wanderer Above the EU-Borders" was screened as part of Transmission Art Festival video-art exhibition in Athens at BIOS cultural center and at the Bagkeion in April 2016.