Kostis Stafylakis. Performance/installation in the framework of the show “Let’s supper, Mr. Iolas/Resurrection RE”, Vila Iolas, July 2019. Curated by Erifyli Veneri and Naira Stergiou.
The title of the work was inspired by the old headline of a smear campaign against the famous modernist art collector Alexandros Iolas, launched by the conservative Eleftheros Typos press, back in the 80s. Iolas, and his popular Vila, were targeted by populist/gossip newspapers that sought to present him as an illicit dealer of antiquities. Paradoxically enough, the gossip journalists were aided by the Greek cross-dresser, a former protégé of Iolas renowned as Maria Callas. She visited the newspaper’s headquarters wearing a crinoline. The moral panics of the Greek 80s facilitated the downfall of the famous art patron, whose health would start to deteriorate. The performance takes place on the classicist ornaments of the Vila’s garden. The protagonist, King Noobo, gestures in operatic grandeur while citing neologisms used by today’s online gamers’ community to describe the act of “collecting”, or “farming” virtual items. In certain moments, King Noobo sings melodies and lyrics from 70s Greek political parties’ anthems.