The Annunciation is a performance by Lanfranco Aceti conceived as a satellite event and within the parameters set for the nEUROsis exhibition. The project was developed as part of a year long residency in which the artist explored research themes and concepts related to apocalypse, post-democracy, post-citizenship, activism, political art, and rebellion. Working within the current political situation – both in Cyprus and elsewhere – The Annunciation is dedicated to those with a past of errors, a present of ruins and a stolen future.
This public performance is a twisted representation, via a performance and a sculptural installation , of the contemporary socio-economic crisis that encompasses the multiple contradictions and conflicts that characterise our understanding of the world we live in.
The performance took place in the following locations:
- The White Rocks, near the St George Allemagne convent;
- The ruins of the 16th century Gothic abbey of St Mamas in the deserted village of Agios Sozomenos, near the Green Line;
- The Limassol Salt Lake, outside the British installed antennas, rumoured to be part of the Echelon surveillance program, in the sovereign British Bases;
- The NeMe Arts Centre, Limassol.
Aceti conceived Annunciation as a public performance and sculptural object that controversially, yet serendipitously, proclaims that the end of the world is starting now. The act of announcing, despite the message and its meaning, is embedded in one of the most beautiful islands of the Mediterranean: Cyprus. Cyprus is the birthplace of Venus the goddess of love and as such, in the mind of the artist, the best place to announce its end and the beginning of Death. The piece exists as a combination of multiple conceptual contradictions in an aesthetic landscape of homogeneity and post-modernity that barely pays lip service to ideas of diversity and irreconcilable differences. Although the artworks are embedded in a landscape of sufferance, since historically and in contemporary times the Mediterranean has been a locus of social tensions, the moment of this visionary announcement is one of beauty which clashes and annihilates the dread and ominousness of the message.
Aceti in his analysis refers to “an annunciation” as a moment of liberation from the decaying concept of nationalism and the burning flames of post-democracies in the Mediterranean, Europe, and the USA.
“The question I kept asking myself over and over was: How would I announce the Apocalypse?’ said Aceti. “The response came in the form of this performance and its sculptural elements.”
Concept and performance: Lanfranco Aceti
Curator: Yiannis Colakides
Photography: Jonathan Munro
Images © Lanfranco Aceti Inc, 2018
Agios Sozomenos; White Rocks; Limassol Salt Lake; Cyprus