Artist in trouble over unclothed box stunt

An award-winning artist who made a splash four years ago by posing without clothes in a glass box outside the Athens Polytechnic, on the anniversary of the 1973 student revolt, will stand trial today for «scandalous behavior.» Wearing a bikini outfit of white bandages, Georgia Sagri stood for over three hours in the open-roofed box among crowds taking part in the annual Polytechnic celebration, in an act she described as «performance art.» But a prosecutor, acting on police complaints, charged the art student with «creating scandal through lewd acts.» Sagri, 24 – who won the 1999 DESTE Prize for a video installation showing her spending five days in a Kolonaki shop window – said she had not meant to offend. «Lots of truly obscene things happen around us, with official permission,» she told yesterday’s Eleftherotypia daily. «I would call it a normal act,» her lawyer added.