Several Mysteries is a large drawing, a non-linear story, that includes multiple forks-in-the-road and several fictitious, film-noir-like mysteries relating to the recent political, social and economic shifts of a country and its capital city and how these changes have affected the lives of its inhabitants. The narrative unfolds over 23 smaller drawings and includes hand-drawn texts, architectural plans, illustrations, diagrams, xeroxed photographs and collages.
Several Mysteries is based on Greece’s current events and alludes to Greece but never mentions Greece or Athens specifically by name in order to maintain a level of mystery and to give the impression that aspects of what is unfolding in Greece could occur anywhere.
The story is narrated by an outsider with a self-deprecating, self-doubting voice, who is only ever referred to throughout the story as “you,” allowing for the viewer/reader to assume the role of the outsider. This outsider naively and unreliably attempts to make heads or tails of what he/she experiences while traveling through the city. The narrator often jumps to illogical or ridiculous conclusions at times, but also wonders if there are versions of events that aren’t being told or perhaps are known by some but are being overshadowed by the more official stories in heavy circulation.
Suite of 23 drawings
acrylic, graphite, tape, photo collage on paper
17 x 11 inches | 43 x 28 cm each drawing
Presented at "AGORA", the 4th Athens Biennale
September 29 to December 1, 2013