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Polixeni Papapetrou

The Dreamkeepers

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t is the awkward evolution of adolescence

adolescent actors from who they really are, and

that informs the in-between space of The

allows them to stand in for us all. In this way, Pa-

Dreamkeepers. Polixeni Papapetrou has col-

papetrou asks us to consider how masks, whether

laborated with her children and their friends for

symbolic or literal, not only conceal identity, but

over a decade. As they have grown and trans-

also expand and transform it. The aged masks

formed, so too have the roles they perform in

do so in The Dreamkeepers by confounding

her work and spaces they inhabit. To parallel

adolescence, as the characters exude a quiet

the cripplingly self-¬‐conscious yet powerfully

lack of self-consciousness, despite their distur-

self-¬‐realising period of adolescence, Papa-

bing appearance. They arouse a gentle pathos,

petrou engages part reality, part fantasy from

reminding us of our own shapeshifting, of time

which a space of unreality emerges, the space

playing out on our bodies and minds. The abs-

of archetype.

tract meeting of these two ages may indicate

The characters in The Dreamkeepers, are both

the latent wisdom and self-acceptance that only

young and old. Gazing out in contemplation,

realises with maturity, or the cyclical nature of

these dream keepers look with anticipation to

our life spans that inevitably brings us back to

the future, or is it with nostalgia to the past?

the vulnerability of youth.

The timeless backdrops of shoreline or hilltop reflect this ambiguity, echoing through landscape the collapsing of thresholds and blurring of boundaries. The anonymity afforded by masks separates her

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Issue 3.1 in English and German, featuring Susan Burnstine, Amélie Chassary & Lucie Belarbi, Justyna Ptak Polixeni, Papapetrou, Andrés Gálve...

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Issue 3.1 in English and German, featuring Susan Burnstine, Amélie Chassary & Lucie Belarbi, Justyna Ptak Polixeni, Papapetrou, Andrés Gálve...

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