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CHAOS CÉLÈBRE

Georgia Sagri, Attempt. Come., 2016. Performance view, Municipal Arts Center and Museum of Anti-Dictatorial and Democratic Resistance, Parko Eleftherias, Athens, September 17, 2016. (Duration 24 hours.) Georgia Sagri. From Documenta 14. Photo: Stathis Mamalakis.

AT AN INTERDISCIPLINARY SYMPOSIUM called “Hiving: Living Forms, Forms of Living” at New York University in April 2019, Georgia Sagri provided her own etymology of the word anarchy. Sagri had been invited to participate not for any experience with the apiary but because of her relation to the thematic of the hive as both metaphor and model for less hierarchical forms of political organization, which she rather famously knows something about. Overwriting the traditionally accepted etymon from her native Greek, anarchos, or “without leader,” Sagri instead offered the alternative meaning “without origin,” since arche in its ancient meaning signifies not just a ruler but also primacy, being first.

This linguistic gambit was a small moment in a two-decade career of performance and sculptural practices. But it was characteristic of Sagri in a number of ways. She is tenacious about setting

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