The Primary Fact

Film Installation

In 2016, the skeletal remains of as many as 80 people were discovered near Athens. Could these be the bodies of youth executed during a revolt by the ancient Athenian noble Cylon, who attempted a coup in approximately 632BC Inspired by this “incident,” which gave momentum to the birth of democracy in Athens, this work examines issues at the intersection of life and death, politics and democracy, history and the present. Based on archaeological and anthropological research and interviews with the researchers, this installation includes a reenactment of the youth’s execution, in collaboration with local choreographers and dancers. It was exhibited in a building which was previously used as a laboratory for the University of Athens’ chemistry department, and later became a centre of democracy including student demonstrations.