Exercising Democracy

© maria paschalidou 2009

Exercising Democracy consists of a series of images in which democracy is conceived in the form of games and brainteasers. The images posit the idea of democracy as a complicated system, which is reproduced through strategies of normalization, homogenization, depersonalization and regulated practices of inclusion/exclusion. Furthermore, in these visual statements democracy is conceptualized as a system of governance through which bio-politics is exercised in contemporary societies.

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“In Dire(ct) democracy”, Direct democracy, Beuys and contemporary art – 8 artistic approaches, Athens School of Fine Arts, Sep. 29 – Oct. 4, 2009. Curators: G. Grindaki, M. Kataga. Organizers: Goethe Institute of Athens & Athens School of Fine Arts