Project Description

October 22nd 2021 — November 19th 2021

Tue-Sat: 12:00 – 20:00

Gender Melancholia


Normanou 3, Monastiraki


Phaedra Vassiliadou – Thanos Makris

Melancholy and Gender – The Melancholy of the Body

In the present exhibition, an attempt is made to research the vague boundaries of gender, as it is structured socially (gender) and biologically (sex).
We shall explore gender identity as a product of social interaction and therefore how gender and self-construction – self-perception – can lead to social distancing.
Within this context we are juxtaposing the Freudian theory of mourning and melancholia with the “Gender Melancholia”, aiming at tracking the differences and the connections between the two.

The trigger point of this documentation is in a way need to update -in the sense of a revision- important theories and their reference to the current situation.

In another timeframe from Freud, Judith Butler sets her own view on the matter on Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity, a cornerstone of gender studies and the queer community.

With our current visual undertaking, we will try to identify the issue of gender construction in a patriarchal and male-dominated Western society and how Gender Trouble has become a “Bible” of sexuality in the feminist as well as post-feminist view of gender.

Important views such as Freud’s Mourning and Melancholia and Butler’s Gender Trouble provide a field for research regarding a possible connection between the paradigm of the post-modern of COVID19 era and the social distancing between the sexes.

In conclusion, the present exhibition of “Gender Melancholia” attempts to scout the vague boundaries of gender, as they develop with the new reality of the COVID19 era, which often flirts with the Depression era. “Gender Melancholia” aims at creating a dynamic visual dimension within which the search for ourselves, our gender, our sexual and romantic orientation shall move forth.

The question of whether there will be a post-COVID era, whether social distancing and self-isolation will be maintained, will be recorded in the historiographical narratives of the next century.

Until then, it makes sense to try to create fertile ground for ideas and theories so that a poem, an essay or a work of art shall bear fruit.


Participating artists:

Yiannis Ampatziadis
Marina Velisioti
Alexandra Ioannidi
Nikos Kachrimanis
Panagiotis Lezes
Natalia Manta
Alexandra Masmanidi
Christos Michaelides
Fanouris Moraitis
Alexandra Nakou
George Ntolaptsis
Xenia Papadopoulou
Anna Papathanasiou
AnnaMaria Pinaka
Giorgos Tserionis
Kostas Christopoulos



Phaedra Vassiliadou – Thanos Makris



Duration: 22.10.21 – 19.11.21
Opening: Friday 22nd of October 2021, 19:00 – 22:00

The space is accessible to the disabled.
Admission is allowed only upon presentation of a certificate of vaccination or illness, but also with a rapid test within 48 hours.

The exhibition is held with the financial support of the Ministry of Culture and Sports

The Project Gallery, Normanou 3, 1st floor, Monastiraki