My grandmother’s wedding – Metamorphosis
“The Wedding of my grandmother” is the desire of a woman reaching the end of her life and her granddaughter realizes this desire of hers.
The artist buys a dress and runs in the plains, under the eyes of the people of small Greek village society in Katerini.
The scope of the action is the public participation in artistic practice – activities consisting of elderly people believing that art can be a shelter that allows the change of the daily life of a province, speaking about the realization of all ages’ desires. Something like a ritual, something like a light in the darkness of our unmentionable desires.
A poetic representation of time, a performance that refers to time, the tree of life in the center, the old lady makes a turn around it and disappears, the young woman appears and makes a turn around this once the elderly disappears. The dream was remaining repressed for many years, becoming itself a myth.
The fulfillment of desire is presented as a necessity of a cause and at the same time as the imperative of completing a cycle of life.
The bride and youth identify specific age and reproduce stereotypes against time and age that feel everyone.
The body through the desire revives an imaginary situation breaking classic standards on beauty and age. The beautiful and the body can be interpreted in many ways depending on the personal perception we have of beauty.
Memory is a composite. It can be varied to an event or may construct a fictional story and illuminate aspects of the past.
Marina Provatidou is dedicated to life and art. Dynamism, focus, and persistence are the main elements not only of the way she treats life but also of the means she chooses to approach the essence of the visual art. Her daily life and her artistic activity identify with each other and make their way through her need to bring onto the surface, to record, and to heal wounds that defined and stigmatized the lives of her loved ones.
Marina Provatidou spent her childhood years in a refugee village close to Thessaloniki. Her grandparent’s personal story combined with their deporting from Pontos, their mitigation to a new land and the poverty of that era, and their stories about the harsh living conditions and their daily struggle to survive triggered the ignition of her artwork. Specifically, her grandmother’s bitter description of her poor wedding and her inability to afford a proper wedding dress combined with the inherent sensitivity of the artist related to the fate of the modern female immigrants who violently abandon roles that integrate the female nature define her artistic course.
Marina Provatidou creates a visual environment by synthesizing printmaking artworks of enormous dimensions and overwhelming black-and-white photographs in a video in an unusual installation of multiple media under the paradox title “My Grandmother’s Wedding”, while the artwork concludes with an almost ceremonial performance.
Domna Gounari / Art historian Momus Museum Macedonia Thessaloniki