The Good Stuff and the Bad Stuff
Video;  Self-in-Other;  

The place: A church or chapel. The characters: Two women, of different ages, still very young though, two distinct life stories. They speak in whispers of thei indiscretions (how many? which?), they repent, they suffer with bowed head, they stare down. They ask for mercy. A determinative scene of spiritual deprivation. Between them, emptiness: an empty pew. Does the distance between them separate or unite them? The good and the bad. Maria Papadimitriou sets up an unmoving monoplane observing the ordeal of penitence slowly and insistently. It is an examination of the wish for catharsis, demolition and expiation. The intensity is recorded in a way that could resemble voyeurism. The camera, the god that sees all -writes Jim Morrison in Notes on Visiongrants remission of sins. The omniscient eye (the one that sees all). The camera-the eye. Taking on the role and the work of a psychoanalyst, the camera hears the sobs of need and the whispers of a personal confession on the couch, on view for all.

Thanos Stathopoulos
Excerpt from “The Good Stuff and the Bad Stuff,” in exh. cat. And Now? Visual Arts In Greece 3, p. 104.