Alexandros Kaklamanos: Full Circle (2013)

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The art film «Full Circle» was screened during the Blue Nights 2019 festival at the Sculpture Garden and was later added to the Foundation’s collection

In Full Circle, Alexandros Kaklamanos has created an effigy of an ancient Greek kouros by covering his own body in clay. The imposing kouros stands motionless and gazing out to sea on Pezoules Beach on Kato Koufonisi, a Cycladic island whose last permanent inhabitants left at the end of the 1960s. The image is coupled with phrases from Ulysses’ Gaze (1995), directed by Theo Angelopoulos. In this film, a Greek director returns from exile and begins a journey in the Balkans searching for three lost reels of film by the pioneering Greek photographers who brought cinema to the Balkans in the early 20th century. In both the film and in Kaklamanos’ video we hear the following evocative phrase:

«…we have come full circle, I don’t know how many thousands of years, among broken stones and statues… and we are dying…»

You can watch the film here. Duration: 5’07”


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