- at T.A.F.
State of being and the element of surprise
One can never understand one's boundaries / until crossed
metamatic:taf presents the exhibition State of being and the element of surprise, opening on Thursday 2 June 2016 at 20.30 and running until 26 June.
The exhibition was selected through the annual Curatorial Open Call organized by metamatic:taf for the sixth consecutive year addressing young curators under 35 years old, giving them the opportunity to propose a contemporary art group show and implement it in metamatic:taf’ gallery.
Surprise constitutes a shock and/or revelation caused by one or a group of incidents that alter a given situation, leading to a feeling of wonder, astonishment or amazement as at something unanticipated. In Greek the word surprise refers to an exit from dullness, an unexpected way out of a certain monotonous condition. Surprise has nothing to do with procedure but may be luck or coincidence. It refers to a probability that regardless of effort and hard work comes when least expected to re-form a state of being. Α situation that will bowl over, leave open-mouthed, blow, shock, bolt from the blue or take someone's breath away. One can never know one's course. One can never understand one's limits until reached.
One can never understand one's boundaries until crossed. Life is a course, a road hill, full of steps of actions and efforts, acquisitions and surprises. In the western world, boundaries have been crossed and lives have been pushed to their limits. Surprisingly - even though realising the systemic play of western life - austerity politics and social oppression, has caught us unexpectedly. Refugees of war, in 2016, extreme right wing parties rising, Islamic attacks, ISIS, antiterrorist laws have all caught us by surprise (?). But there has always been bravery in oppression; there has always been love in war. And while politics and imperialistic laws strive for a restricted form of society, where everything is controlled, we have found solidarity and the coming together of people.
Back in the 1960s the French theorist Guy Debord argued that the true aim of art is not to 'show' life to people but enable them to live, in an effort to demolish the boundaries between art and life, and that is still the case. Today half a century later, the art arena clearly concentrating on the malfunctions of our world and attempting to explain and bring to focus systemic issues of social reality, is constantly creating heterotopias that redefine our notion of the world through the element of surprise. Art catches the world by surprise so that through the awakening of its defendants and the struggle for unity, it reinvents the humane, the world and thus beauty, what a surprise...
Participating artists: Elena Akyla, Giorgos Alexandridis, Christos Avraam, Elena Chasalevri, Evdokia Delipetrou, Anna Karatza, Katia Karveli, Sifis Komtzinakis, Ilektra Maipa, Katerina Mitri, Giannos Ntanakos, Artemis Papageorgiou, Katerina Papazisi, Aliki Pappa, Hara Piperidou, Vassiliki Pouridou, Nikos Sepetzoglou, Julia Strauss, Orestis Symvoulidis, Eleni Tzirtzilaki, Kalliopi Vagiannaki, Maria Zacharogianni, Vasilis Zarifopoulos
Curated by: Antigoni Pogiatzi
Artistic direction: Maria Zacharogianni
Opening: Thursday June 2, 2016, 20.30
Exhibition duration: 02-26.06.2016
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 12.00-21.00, Sun 12.00-19.00