Sorry, but there is no way you are leaving this room
The interactive performance passive voice was presented at Yeni Cami on Saturday 19.9.2015, on the eve of Greece’s national elections as part of the 5th Young Artists Workshop entitled ‘Romance’* at the 5th Thessaloniki Biennale.
The ‘Romance’ workshop was part of the wider 2015 Thessaloniki Biennale event, and is based on prison correspondence between Antonio Gramsci and his relatives and friends.
Passive voice was created after the Greek Prime Minister was prevented from leaving the closed doors meeting -during 17 hours- held in Brussels on 12 July 2015. Using the phrase “sorry, but there is no way you are leaving this room,” Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, did not allow Alexis Tsipras to leave the room before an agreement was signed. Within a very short time (but without any repercussions), the social networking media across Europe and more widely were inundated with the phrase ‘This is a coup’. Entry to the exhibition space hosting the 10-day workshop was free on the exhibition’s opening night. However, visitors were prevented from leaving the exhibition by two burly individuals if they didn’t slap me in the face first.
Every single man and woman there was in a dichotomous position: in the role of perpetrator and victim simultaneously, and had to decide both about carrying out orders and about using a violent, submissive gesture against a passive recipient