Antígona is an art installation by SillySeason which retrieves the narrative from the Greek tragedy by Sophocles, Antigone (442 BC). In it, Antigone decides to bury the corpse of her brother Polynices, in defiance of regent Creon’s edict. For that, Creon condemns Antigone to be buried alive in a tomb. A duel is then fought – Antigone versus Creon, the will of the gods versus state law, human conviction versus the impartiality of duty. The dialogue that erupts from these two opposing positions – materialized in two film versions – proves to be impossible, for such positions cancel each other out.
Thus, through the personification of Polynices, whose death triggers the narrative, SillySeason – also waiting for their burial or abandonment –, encourage the spectators to take a stand (whether it is Antigone’s, Creon’s, or other) by giving them total freedom to enter the exhibit space. Such a proposal is obtained through the appropriation of iconic paintings – portraits that depict human death, namely that of individuals who have given up their lives in favour of artistic, political, and religious ideals. In these paintings, the concepts of waiting and death are staged and deformed, almost as in an act of resistance.
Creation, Direction and Performance
Paula Sá Nogueira
João Romãozinho, SillySeason
Image and Assembly Assistance
BREGAS studio, Pixel Bunker, Queer Lisboa
Cinema São Jorge
September 23, 2015
December 12, 2015
Festival Caminhos do Cinema Português (Coimbra, PT)
November 24, 2018