TIME AND IMAGE - IMAGES OF CRISIS
CURATED BY CHRISTINA ANDROULIDAKI
GREEK FILM ARCHIVE MUSEUM
ΙERA ODOS 48 & MEGALOU ALEXANDROU, ATHENS
February 12–March 22, 2015
:mentalKLINIK, Rivane Neuenschwander, Richard Whitlock, Manolis Daskalakis-Lemos, Petros Efsthathiadis, Apostolos Zerdevas, Maria Kriara, Jenny Marketou*, Nikos Markou, Yorgos Prinos and the IZOLYATSIA Foundation*
The exhibition focuses on photographic and video works that deal with Crisis as a universal phenomenon seen through the notion of Time. Economic crisis, erosion of civil rights, shortage of natural resources, religious and national fanaticism, social polarization and a more philosophical approach of Crisis as social concept through the work of ten visual artists and groups.
(*) In addition, the second part of the show which will take place between 16-24 of May 2015, shifts the traditional model of presentation of artists-only by expanding and exposing among them a series of documentary films from the interdisciplinary cultural institution Izolyatsia in Ukraine and thus also exploring issues of culture in situations of conflict. In this part five video interviews from Izolyatsia foundation will be screened along with two new projects by Maria Kriara and Jenny Marketou.
The artistic duo :mentalKLINIK from Turkey presents a video projection without sound entitled True Blue (Left). The artists have appropriated the typical scene from the film The Truman Show, where Truman Burbank unwittingly protagonists in a 24-hour show that is filmed by hundreds of cameras and records his life as a reality. :mentalKLINIK’s work focuses in just one point that lasts only a few seconds -when the suspicious Truman has managed to escape by getting into a boat and overcoming his fear of the water he travels away from everything he has known until he falls onto a wall of "sky". Shocked, his hand touches the “sky” only to realize that his entire life was a lie, a false reality, a show taking place on a huge stage. This deeply poetic work by :mentalKLINIK brings us back in an honest and at the same time hard way to Now. Are we always aware of the truth in which we participate? As the character Christof says in the movie when he is asked why he thinks that Truman has never come so close to discover the true nature of his world up to now: "It's just because we have come to accept Reality as it is presented to us."