Tomas Diafas

Tomas Diafas | Performance

Tomas Diafas | Performance

Sat in a chair, the artist engages visitors in a metaphorical verbal “dance” of speech, expression and creation, opening each conversation with them by using the phrase “That is inhumane”. Jumbled words, responses, emotions — all are set down on paper, to be decoded later, transmuted into a structured work, transformed into poems, texts, songs that give meaning and form to ideas and thought. Performance at the opening of Transmission art festival in Athens, Bagkeion.

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Tomas Diafas "I want an art superior to me 2"

Tomas Diafas "I want an art superior to me 2"

The development of the work by Tomas Diafas addresses the question  "Can you survive by producing art for the starving? / how much does a socially engaging art-work cost? / Who sets the price? / Who converts it into a masterpiece and where must it be exhibited in order for it to be given prominence?

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Tomas Diafas | I want an art superior to me

Tomas Diafas | I want an art superior to me

Quickly-made banners, with barely distinguishable slogans, manifestos on flyers spread in the streets, meet the lonely paths of the single protestor, the artist. This time the slogans are not in demand of a relief in taxation or a change of law. They aren't directed  to ministers and member;s of parliament. They begin from the question: "What should we do with art when we are starving?" Therefore, the banner "We want an art for the starving, no more works for the privileged" that was placed by Diafas on the facade of the Bagkeion on Omonoia Square, which hosts the Athens Biennale, is a cry directed towards artists. The work hints towards the notion of a more active relationship between art and society, which is the topic of Tomas Diafas' research.

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