Forthcoming March 2021
Artist and activist Georgia Sagri chronicles the body’s recovery from the incarnated pressure imposed by capitalism’s pathologies. Through her practice Ίαση (Iasi), which involves one-to-one physical treatments, Sagri fights back. Bodies and senses are the public, creative processes of political action. This book brings the Iasi case reports together with past and recent political communiqués, essays, poetry and analysis to release binaries such as public/private, life/politics and individual/collective. Stage of Recovery radically questions all forms of representation.
‘The condition of control is already there, by how we
have been educated on property, on the difference
between public and private. The moment of the occu-
pation and protest occurs when you are there. When
you stay a little bit longer and someone comes with a
flashlight telling you to leave, there’s the realisation that
for the guard the occupation is a symbolic act. But what
makes the occupation happen is not the guard, but
how people disregard, how they forget the regulations
and then don’t obey the regulations anymore. There
can be actions that are not reactions to regulations.’
– Georgia Sagri
Georgia Sagri (b. 1979, Athens) lives and works in Athens and New York. Her work is influenced from her ongoing engagement in political movements and struggles on issues of autonomy, empowerment and self-organisation. From 1997–2001 she was a member of Void Network, a cultural, political and philosophical collective operating in Athens. In 2011 she was one of the main organisers of the Occupy Wall Street movement in New York. Since 2013 she has been a member of the assembly of Embros Theatre Occupation, and in 2014 she initiated Ύλη[matter]HYLE, a semi-public cultural space in the heart of Athens.