Eva Stefani video installation
Subject: Explicit Sexuality
Medium: Film Video
Artist: Eva Stefani (b. 1964)
Confronting Bodies: Greek police
Dates of Action: June 2, 2007
Description of Artwork: The video installation combined footage of Greek pornograghic movies of the 1960s and 1970s with a soundtrack featuring the Greek national anthem.
The Incident: The exhibit was shut down following a police raid on the Helexpo venue in Maroussi on Saturday, June 2. The show's curator, Michalis Argyros, spent the night in a police cell and has been charged with offending public morals. The same charges have also been brought against Stefani, who is currently abroad.
Results of Incident: Dozens of artists as well as intellectuals and politicians condemned the closure by police of a supposedly indecent art exhibit and the arrest of the show's curator. At least 70 artists contributed pieces to a counter-exhibition in Metaxourgeio yesterday, intended as a protest to the authorities censorship of a video installation by prize-winning artist Eva Stefani at the Art Athina show.