Monstera deliciosa; an originally tropical plant, used indoors as an aesthetic, decorative object.
In this work, monstera becomes the symbol of our recent internment experience. A state that deviated us from our familiar course, as if the world was blown away in a delirious drift and derailed, in terms of an unexpected pause.
In this narration video, the indoor scenes, eliminate time and connote a state of disarray; inertia bodies, the monstera in an indoor storm, wild animals in captivity, lighting bolts, an orgasm scene, a Luchador getting prepared, an athenian balcony. The strobe lights, reveal the party echo, while the narration, focuses in monstera’ s features and care instructions.
In this field of desire, reality, struggle, memory and expectation, a whole new perception of existing is emerging. The accumulated tension, that the state of hold has brought, leads to the persistent bodies’ preparation for wrestling and crash.
Is a Visual artist working with time based media. They are an Athens School of Fine arts’ BA & MFA graduate, Department of Visual Arts, Fine Arts & Art Education (2013-2018). They had studied in Academy of Fine Arts in Munich with an Erasmus+ scholarship, Fine Arts & Art Education (2016-2017).
They was awarded with audience award for the shortfilm S W E A T at 22th Thessaloniki International GLAD Film Festival (2021) , SNF Artist Fellowship Award by Stavros Niarchos Foundation (2019) Scholarship to cover Degree Expenses from Athens School of Fine arts (2018) and audience award for the short film “Munich almost killed me ½” at 2th Piraeus Film Festival in Athens (2018).
They has exhibited internationally at 26th Athens International Film Festival, Centrum Berlin, Berlin, Germany Eos Gallery, Athens A.Antonopoulou Gallery, Athens, GRRL HAUS CINEMA, Berlin, Hacker Porn Film Festival, Rome, Platforms project, Athens, Foto Wien, Austria, 6th Athens Biennale, Athens, Greece, Inshort Film Festival, Lagos, Negiria, Action Field Kodra, Thessaloniki,2th Pireus Film Festival,Athens, Belleve di Monaco, Munich, TAF Gallery, Athens et al.
Vera Chotzoglou lives and works between Athens and Berlin.