The idea of MedioSud was born in 2012 when curator Marina Fokidis invited me to write a text for her new-born magazine South as a State of Mind. At that point, having spend already three decades in the North of the West -NY/LA/London/Paris/Milan, I had moved back in the South of Europe. I was living now in Rome where my daughter Alpha had just been delivered. There was a lot of Social struggle in 2012, especially in Greece. That made me look -for the first time- further than art..
After all this time -32 years from when I left Greece, what had this place become? The Mediterranean basin- after-the-Internet.. What is happening now to my family, my friends and friendenemies, all of them now crying for help as if the sky has just fallen on their heads- The Crisis! The Crisis!
I knew they all had a lot of problems in the South. From when I left the US where things -were for the moment, for us who were privileged at least- a bit softer, I start having problems myself. Still, having recently spend a bit of time in Colombia where Crisis is permanent, I couldn't really believe that the reasons for this massive despair is just the Economy. Also, having just visited Greece, I found the country and the people there more interesting and alive than ever! Marina's newly founded magazine was proof of that as it was also Greece's newborn Political Party which bears the great, evocative name SYRIZA. In 2015, SYRIZA made it to Government. Looking now carefully the south of Europe from Rome, I realized that I could see a kind of Middle South rising! Middle as in in "Middle East": a "South-no-more" territory, still not yet not North. The way I see it, the old South wouldn't fully agree becoming a perfectly functioning part of the upcoming "Total North".
With such stuff in my mind, I wrote for Fokidis' magazine a text titled "My Family in Middle South". A few months later, Salvatore Lacagnina, Rome's Swiss Institute Director, asked me to write something about Art in Rome for Institute's contribution to the Berlin Biennial. I took the opportunity to write a little manifesto about how I imagined art in Middle South. The Art of MedioSud.