Tuesday, May 15, 2012


Forms of Life: Survival Kit in the Metropolis
Anna Tsouloufi-Lagiou at Project Room

05/04/2012 - 03/06/2012

With specific references to the ideas of leading contemporary political philosophers such as Giorgio Agamben, Felix Guattari, Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri, the new project of Anna Tsouloufi-Lagiou deals with concepts and issues related to contemporary biopolitics. For the work, the artist chooses eight people that live and are active in the city of Athens; individuals, which the artist respects and admires, and who are involved in the social and political life of the city.

They participate in collectives and aim at the preservation of the common goods. Her heroes are personalities who embody multiple roles and identities and represent, for the artist, the singularities of the contemporary multitude that create their own events and care for the commons. Through a series of forty photographic representations of her protagonists –who are presented in their different roles-, eight video-interviews and the respective experiential maps that she designs in collaboration with them, she aims to record and examine the modes of living and the everyday practices of those people within the city. 
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EMST / Artist of the Month: Frances Stark
05/04/2012 - 03/06/2012
The National Museum of Contemporary Art presents as Artist of the Month Frances Stark with a series of 12 works

Frances Stark’s work includes paintings, collages, drawings and videos, combined with writings and letters. Through her work, Frances Stark addresses the conditions of creative labour, producing affecting work about the nature of artistic practice and the corresponding banality of the everyday. The artist’s body of work stands as a self-reflexive inquiry into the process of artistic production, and the often-elided demands of daily life.

In her obsessive and fragile works, language is taking on different forms, producing a particular oeuvre somewhere between poetry, visual arts and references to her own life. Through her activities, as both artist and writer, Stark aims to create close links between art and literature. The recurrent presence of animals, mainly birds, are used as metaphors of man and his fragile condition.
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