PRIZING ECCENTRIC TALENTS II
08/06/2022 - 30/09/2022
P.E.T. Projects, Kerkiras 87
George Bekirakis, Angelo Plessas
Alexandra Bachzetsis, Anastasia Douka, Dionisis Kavallieratos, Evi Kalogiropoulou, Niki Kanagkini, Alexandra Kehayoglou, Miltos Manetas, Maria Papadimitriou, Eleni Papazoglou, Angelo Plessas, Georgia Sagri, Eva Stefani
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With Prizing Eccentric Talents II, the curators George Bekirakis and Angelo Plessas imagined the concept of prize as a plot for how individuals and groups relate or connect.
What could be a prize nowadays? Prizing is a ritualistic act of giving a social value to an individual. It is a form of currency giving this individual new identification and recognition. Contemporary art is one of the most visible examples where creativity and its value are the foundations of motivation. The artworld is a permanent archive of different forms of honors, distinctions, exclusivity, scarcity. Art shows offer an ambiguous view as both containers and tools of this perpetual and anachronistic regulation but also form (sometimes) a communal mind between artists and curators for a desire to say. something new on culture. Being in a show is almost getting a prize – they heard an artist saying recently, a metaphor which sounds very valid. While curation methodology has permitted artists to achieve greater recognition and expansion, it fails to acknowledge the serious problems that such bulk of short-lived recognitions creates. This results in a sense of false overpowering, delusion, no sense of purpose or process, etc.
The artists and their artworks in the show are not explicitly tackling any of the above arguments. Their selection is personal and impulsive. The contradicting title of the show Prizing Eccentric Talents makes its appearance in the crucial post-pandemic moment recuperating from dogmatic hierarchies and the groupings of pre-pandemic curatorial homogenizations. The show examines how such diverse voices could interact as a newly formed community. Their works stand as free-floating nonsequential propositions challenging relations both corporeal and communal. They are containers of ideas seeking context and a united mood may arise.
The exhibition Prizing Eccentric Talents II is supported by NEON.
P.E.T. Projects, Kerkiras, Athens, Greece
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