© maria paschalidou 2009
The video installation, Narratives On A Gyn Exam Table is based on short staged performances of twenty-one people who were invited to narrate a personal story whilst sitting on a gynaecological exam table. The idea for the video was inspired by an early 20th-century gynaecological exam table which I bought at a private auction in Chicago in 2004.
Narratives On A Gyn Exam Table is a video installation using the device of shared personal stories to engage questions of intimacy and control. In the installation, the medical table becomes an intimate prop for staging acts of narrating. Its solidity is interrupted by the fluidity of the participants’ experiences, storytelling and acts of mimesis.
The installation consists of three videos (“The Stories”, “Human Traffic”, and “The Table”) and three wooden constructions, simulations of the original medical table. Audiences are encouraged to lie on these sculptures and watch the video with the twenty-one stories. The recordings of the stories for the installation began in Chicago in 2005 and were completed in Athens in 2008.
BOOK / CATALOGUE
The book/catalogue Narratives On A Gyn Exam Table, refers to the stages and the critical ideas of the whole project. It contains the twenty-one stories of the participants, analytical description of the video installation and written commentaries from: Maria Angeli (art theorist, curator, museum educator), Kostis Stafylakis (artist, art theorist), Giorgos Sympardis (author) and Syrago Tsiara (art historian, curator, director of Thessaloniki Center of Contemporary Art). The book has been published by Ekkremes editions in both Greek and English language (Athens, February 2009).
Maria Angeli, “From a gynaecological table… Narration, Interpretation, Self-observation, creation”; Written narratives-commentaries, Narratives On A Gyn Exam Table catalogue, pp. 17-21; Ekkremes, Athens, Feb. 2009
Maria Paschalidou, “The history of a gynaecological table”, “The project’s brief”, “The video installation”, “Thoughts on the project”, Narratives On A Gyn Exam Table catalogue, pp. 7-15; Ekkremes, Athens, Feb. 2009
Kostis Stafylakis, “The scandal of analysis”; Written narratives-commentaries, Narratives On A Gyn Exam Table catalogue, pp. 23-25; Ekkremes, Athens, Feb. 2009
George Sympardis, “The chair”; Written narratives-commentaries, Narratives On A Gyn Exam Table catalogue, p. 27; Ekkremes, Athens, Feb. 2009
Syrago Tsiara, “Some thoughts based on the work of Maria Paschalidou: Narratives (or short performances) on a Gyn Exam Table”; Written narratives-commentaries, Narratives On A Gyn Exam Table catalogue, p. 29; Ekkremes, Athens, Feb. 2009
“Art-Athina 2010”, International Contemporary Art Fair of Athens, Faliro Pavilion,
May, 13-16, 2010
Gallery cheapart. Athens, February 10 – March 4, 2009. Solo exhibition