The Friend at Work

Efrosini Protopapa (Photographer)

Research output: Non-textual formPerformance


Efrosini Protopapa and Susanna Recchia have been working together since 2002.
They have been developing a friendship since 2002.
They talk a lot about performance; they negotiate and obsess, they gossip, compose, persist, lie, forget. And yet, they do not perform together.

In this presentation they share the stage in order to explore and expose the kind of proximity that Giorgio Agamben speaks of when he describes friendship; an instance whereby one’s perception of existing is always already divided up and shared, or ‘con-divided’. How is our sense of self and other shaped as a consequence of us practising such ‘con-division’ in collaboration? And, if friendship is not as a property or quality of a subject, as Agamben suggests, but a proximity such that it becomes impossible for us to make a representation or a concept of it, then how might we reveal it in performance?
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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