June 03, 2017 — June 04, 2017

Stefanos Tsivopoulos

One Step Forward, Two Steps Back


Lanfranco Aceti and Vera Ingrid Grant


White House sidewalk

Video Documentation

Sareen Hairabedian and Christopher Mariles

Stefanos Tsivopoulos’ film, videos, performances, and public interventions challenge traditional constructs of space and publicness. The artworks combine a variety of classical symbolism and media references to present the viewer with a new understanding of past histories, obliging the audience to reconsider the present, and reimagine the new possibilities that the future might offer. The Greek and New York based artist has exhibited at numerous international venues including the 55th Venice Biennale and documenta14.

The performance One Step Forward, Two Steps Back was realized in Washington D.C. as part of the public program of the Museum of Contemporary Cuts. It was a collaboration with the Ethelbert Cooper Gallery of African & African American Art at the Hutchins Center, at Harvard University. The collaboration between Lanfranco Aceti, director and founder of MoCC, and Vera Ingrid Grant, director of the Cooper Gallery, made the event possible. The intention was to enshrine in art history a moment by blending art and politics in what was both a performance and a silent protest. It was the first time that a 24hr durational art performance was possible on the White House sidewalk. It involved local activists and community leaders, who brought to light the silenced grievances of an increasingly divided society with it fractious politics via an art performative event.

Documentation of Performance

Video Documentation of Performance


Stefanos Tsivopoulos

Stefanos Tsivopoulos is an interdisciplinary artist and filmmaker who has exhibited extensively in art institutions and film festivals worldwide. In 2013 he represented Greece at the 55th Venice Biennial with the multimedia installation History Zero. He has also exhibited in documenta 14, Kassel, Germany, in 2017; the 2nd Beijing Biennial, in 2014; and Manifesta 8, Murcia, Spain, in 2010.

Tsivopoulos has participated in several renowned international residencies including the Rijksakademie van Beeldende kunsten Amsterdam, IASPIS Stockholm, Platform Garanti Istanbul, and ISCP New York City. His numerous awards include the Mondriaan Foundation Production Award, the Onnassis Cultural Foundation New York Commission, the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds Award, and the Greek Ministry of Culture Venice Biennale Commission.

Tsivopoulos’s work has appeared recently in solo exhibitions at the MuCEM, Museum of Civilizations of Europe and the Mediterranean, Marseille; Staatsgalerie Stuttgart; Cycladic Museum of Art, Athens; Stella Art Foundation, Moscow; and ISCP, New York among others. International group exhibitions include Tate Modern, London; MACBA, Barcelona; MUKHA, Antwerp; Kunsthaus, Zurich; Bundeskunsthalle Bonn; Haus Der Culturen Der Welt, Berlin; SALT, Istanbul; BAK Basis voor Aktuele Kunst, Utrecht; LEEUM, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul; and the Centre Pompidou Paris, among others.