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RED LACES & The Nigerian Story - A True Story
↳ CUCOSA, Rotterdam, The Netherlands


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Installation view in CUCOSA, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 2012

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The slide projection "Red laces" and "The Nigerian Story – A True Story" - a collaboration between Petratou and Dutch poets Joris Lenstra and kO nOrderisk - examines identity, idealism and its related meanings and unravels the priorities of values, principles, ideals and goals over concrete realities. Here determination and forgetfulness, romanticism and hard reality intertwine only to highlight the unstable nature of ideas over time and to stress how adjusting to the norm may interfere in such a way so that certain ideals minimize, change or become suppressed.
The resulting works are a combination of text – usually handwritten with chalk on a blackboard and photographed – and image – capturing the equivocal position of the portrayed individuals in an intimate and murky atmosphere. The relation however between image and text does not develop in a literal way but rather absurd and more associative. This combined with dramatic use of colour and lighting contributes towards a stylised representation. Petratou's construction of the intimate only serves to heighten the complexity and potentiality of an apparently bounded identity.



CUCOSA, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Attraction of the Opposites

Curated by Kiki Petratou
February 9 — March 10, 2012
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Red Laces & The Nigerian Story - A True Story were presented in 2012: Kunstvlaai: Festival of Independents, INnexaclty THIS, Sint Nikolaas Lyceum, Amsterdam, NL | Attraction of the Opposites, CUCOSA, Rotterdam, NL, 2012 | 2011: Route du Nord light, Spam, Rotterdam, NL | 2009:
Photo Biennale Photodistorzija, Istrian Chamber, Poreč, HR (cat) |
Riders on the Worm, WORM, Rotterdam, NL |
Fantastic Borders, Gil&Moti Homegallery, Rotterdam, NL

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The NIgerian Story - A True Story, 2 Synchronized Slide Projectors, 3 min, 2009 | Text: Joris Lenstra

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Red Laces, 2 Synchronized Slide Projectors, 3 min, 2009 | Text: kO nOrderisk

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