On the occasion of its public presentation, Archiviazioni has invited Stefanos Tsivopoulos to elaborate an archive image which represents the main concept and the aims of the project. I Want My Utopia Back is a reflection on the concept of Autonomy in relation to that of Archiving as an action. This transformative process that goes from information to knowledge, from institutional construction to social action and the formation of an autonomous consciousness, was also the basis of democracy in ancient Greece. For Tsivopoulos, archives do not necessarily server as ‘representatives’ of the historical truth, but rather as another way to tell a story. This story aims to reflect the creative and imaginary possibilities of our times.
Stefanos Tsivopoulos (Prague, 1973) is a Greek artist/filmmaker who lives and works in Athens and Amsterdam. His research reflects on history and historical memory as a narrative construction – a construction mediated by images that have been edited and re-edited, and deprived from images that were never taken or that are lost. In his films he is blurring fact and fiction, past and future, as he is less interested in extracting the truth from these narrative constructions, but rather in interrogating the possibilities and qualities that lie within them. It is the ambiguous nature of image, and its shift from an aesthetic object, to commodity to archived evidence of historical truth that is on question in his work.