Overall view of exhibition [Photo © CHEAPART]
Opening: Friday, June 17, 2016, 19:00
Duration: June 17 – 21, 2016
Conceived by: Georg Georgakopoulos
Curated by: Georg Georgakopoulos CHEAPART/ Flat1 (Kerstin Bennier, Christian Murzek)
Collaborating organizations: CHEAPART, Athens Gr / Flat1, Vienna Au
Participating members: CHEAPART, Offspring Young Artists, Wien Kultur
Eleanna Balesi, Kerstin Bennier, Giannis Cheimonakis, Dimitris Georgakopoulos, Nikos Giavropoulos, Dimitris Halatsis, Babis Karalis, Christian Murzek, Vaggelis Savvas, Giannis Sinioroglou.
Within a constantly changing world, every new day endures a surprise; the contemporary man experiences a reality that overwhelms him. Power and strength, the subordinate and the dominant; meanings have been stretched and distorted, challenging the modern man to establish a current positioning strategy. Faced with his decision he stands before unexpected dilemmas and is forced to devise a new self-image adjustable to extreme conditions and meet up to new standards. The individual is forced to self infuse and accumulate power from situations, power that he does not have. The quest for strength and for survival is the source and the cause of a powerful addictive behavior. This pursuit suggests the underlying concept in the exhibition POWERFOOL.
When Dr. Frankenstein questions the beginning of creation and the origin of life by devising a horrible human ghost, he in fact portrays the modern man in his quest to revive matter from power; in so he creates a personal ghost that destroys both creator and host.
Artists Eleanna Balesi and Vangelis Savvas have been invited to participate in Powerfool exhibition, as a part of the Offspring Young Artists program.
“Childhood” Eleanna Balesi
Baton, police rod covered with colorful chewing gum.
MAT law enforcement officials (Units for the Reinstatement of Order), employed by Greek government, often exercise their authority by overpowering their command.
According to Eleanna Balesi, the baton as a symbol of government authority is yet neutralized by a colorful array of chewing gum. Childhood, the purest and earliest state of human existence often illustrates hateful gestures that suggest an initial form harassment and revenge, such as clinging chewing gum to something.
“Rescue forces” Vangelis Savvas
“Rescue forces” is a series of life jackets from the coast of Kos, the Aegean island in Greece that accepted most of refugees during the migrant crisis.
While the life jackets suggest assistance and support, the coat of salt applied on their surface refer to the process of curing and sustaining (food preservation).