I’ve been circling the same drain for years
Eleni Zachariou (b. 1996, currently living in London) works across film, animation, sculpture, performance, writing and textiles, having received a BFA from Central Saint Martins. Recent projects include Contact Points Collective Workshops at Tate Modern and Chisenhale Dance Studios, Built at Safehouse 2, and Juniper at Peak.
Their work explores liminal states of transition and being in between - often playing into the tensions implicit in their irresolvable nature. A dance between the desire to be seen and the will to obliteration which, absent of the temptation to resolve anything, is navigated via an active refusal they term a methodology of failure (not knowing, forgetting, ignorance, stupidity). In considering more slippery methods for measuring and approximating being, anathema to the trappings of hegemony, of dominant culture, this methodology is rooted elsewhere, in the body - and so the cultural objects and practises that take focus shift frequently. They reject all notion of objective utopia, the idea that anyone might enact the perfect world. Yet, combined with reparative concepts of nostalgia, the suspended state of liminality is used to make space for the proliferation of multiple possibilities absent of social homogeniety, the desire to subsume difference. Centring the body as modus operandi, they are engaged with generating such alternatives and sustaining them. Through forgetting and imagining. Unbuilding and Unlearning. Through imperfection and chaos.