COTTON CHRONICLES

NATASA EFSTATHIADI, 2015

Artist
Natasa Efstathiadi

Title
Cotton Chronicles

Date
2015

Medium
HD Video Color, No sound, Dur. 7ʹ 10”

Dimensions
Dimensions variable

Credit line
Courtesy Polyeco Contemporary Art Initiative

Rights and Reproductions Information
© Natasa Efstathiadi – Polyeco S.A.

Object label
This work was realised during the project Safeguarding and Disposal of Obsolete Pesticides in Benin.
Cotton chronicles is what its title may describe, an account, a chronicle of an artist’s stay in Benin, a description of the workers’ activities at the working site, in a warehouse full of toxic and expired pesticide meant for cotton cultivation.
A day to day travel-log of events, disparate impressions and landscapes, a celluloid journal edited on camera. One could consider this analogy: the celluloid short shots pasted one after the other are like an artist’s rough sketches on his sketchbook. Mystery can be found in small gestures, shot here and there, they could then be the verses of a poem.


  • Cotton Chronicles, by Natasa Efstathiadi, 2015. Courtesy Polyeco Contemporary Art Initiative
  • Cotton Chronicles, by Natasa Efstathiadi, 2015. Courtesy Polyeco Contemporary Art Initiative
  • Cotton Chronicles, by Natasa Efstathiadi, 2015. Courtesy Polyeco Contemporary Art Initiative
  • Cotton Chronicles, by Natasa Efstathiadi, 2015. Courtesy Polyeco Contemporary Art Initiative

CREDITS

A film by
Natasa Efstathiadi

Film development/print Andec filmtechnik

Digitization
Nikos Stathogiannopoulos, Aylon Productions

Executive Producer Athanasios Polychronopoulos, Polyeco Contemporary Art Initiative

Funding Source
GEF Trust Fund

GEF Agency
FAO

Executing Agency  Ministries of Agriculture, Environment and Public Health

Executing Company   Polyeco S.A.

Special thanks to Sylvain Léonce Aizannon, Loraini Alimantiri, Christina Androulidaki, Nadja Argyropoulou, Pierre Narius Babadji, Vassilis Bourikas, Fanis Dalezios, Giannis Diakonikolaou, Elisavet Hadjimichalarou, Constantinos Hadzinikolaou, Daphne Heretakis, Tiamiyou Ibouraïma, Kamel Abdoul Imorou, Eleni Malliarou, Panos Manolopoulos, Yiannis Mouravas, Dimitris Panayotopoulos, Papaioannou Theodosis, Athanasios Polychronopoulos, Afiavi Sidonie Trimou, Spiros Velsemes


  • Backstage from the making of the film Cotton Chronicles, by Natasa Efstathiadi, 2015
  • Backstage from the making of the film Cotton Chronicles, by Natasa Efstathiadi, 2015