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I HAVE LEARNED

This work has started 12 years ago. In fact, the pivotal reasoning of this work has only been a noble gesture, a friendly and above all a human gesture. It has never crossed my mind and it was never the intention that this friendly gesture will be one day shared with others in an exhibit, because, had I intended that at the beginning, it would have now lost the spontaneousness and authenticity of the action itself, which I value dearly. The concept evolves around a gift consisting of a book called “The System of Success” written by Oskar Shelby and a poetry called “I have learned” upon which I put the emphasis on. This paramount poetry, but anonymous back then, (because now I know the author – Maya Angelou), which my friend has won through the Internet a long time ago and considering the effect it has over the readers, he had decided to pass it on as a gift only to several friends, whom he valued as such. So, I was number four on his list of friends, and I don’t know how long his list of close friends was. But, I remember that his gesture made me feel privileged and happy back then. Now, after so many years have passed, I go back to it and once again wrap my head around this gift, and have decided that this, action, civil act, friendly and intimate gesture losses the exclusivity of being only as such and give it eternity by taking the liberty to exhibit it, redefine it and call it a work of art. The key to it is my friend’s gesture for it has had an impact, which after so many years ignited me again and as a result of which I have turned it into a new work of art. However, acting upon it after so many years and considering the decision I have taken gives you the liberty to interpret it and discuss it whether by doing so, it increased or decreased the value of the friendly gesture of my friend. The photo installation documents the poetry and the letter which I received from my friend. Meanwhile, the performance (‘a’ccapella’ singing) gives homage overtones to the art piece. An escort to the friendly gesture of my friend towards the altar that makes room to an already piece of art.