Mary Zygouri was born in 1973 in Athens and lives and works between Greece and Italy.
She studied at the School of Fine Arts in Athens and she holds a Master in Fine Arts from the Chelsea College of Art and Design, London. The artist addresses issues related to identity and crisis in contemporary culture. Her public actions and staged performances reflect on systems of power, surveillance, censorship, human rights and relationships between humans and the animal. Her thoroughly choreographed performances often unfold in public spaces, thus provoking unpredictable outcomes and compelling the public to critically engage in her actions. The collective body of the artist and the viewers/participants becomes the main actors in a social ritual, situated between a manifestation, a procession and a collective game. Her body in motion becomes the political carrier and voice for the surrounding human and urban vibrations. Her videos serve as poetic accounts of her actions.
The tactics that Mary Zygouri followed in her actions in the recent years are public interventions, opened to the reaction of the urban public space. In these performances her presence in complete spontaneity situation, forces the public-becoming-audience to be in motion, interrupting the normal everyday flow and transforming it, for the limited time of the Performance in a locus of discursive production.
Recent performances and exhibitions include: "Ottomans & Europeans", Cittadellarte-Fondazione Pistoletto, IKSV (Istanbul, 2015); “A trilogy”, Galleria Alberto Peola, (Turin, 2015); “Omonia”: 6th Athens Biennale, ISET Contemporary Greek Art Institute (Athens, 2015); “Carnaval/Visual Art”, I.C.E and Teatro Pubblico Pugliese, Museo Pino Pascali (Bari, 2015); “The Sound of the property”, performance, Sustainable Happiness, and TRW (Cagliari, 2014). “Venus of The Rags\in Tansit\Eleusis, 2014”, performance, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Aischylian Festival (Elefsina, 2014); “Laborintus”, Gallery Dino Morra Arte Contemporanea (Naples, 2013); “Archive Rights 1”, “OPERA APERTA- Maria Karavela”, ISET Contemporary Greek Art Institute (Athens, 2012). In 2012 Mary Zygouri was awarded by ΑICA (Association Internationale des Critiques d’Art) Hellas. In 2017 she participates in Documenta 14.