Inspired by the famous work "The Wanderer above the Sea of Fog" by Caspar David Friedrich the video "The wanderer above the EU-borders" shapes and re-shapes a new utopian human re-presentation as a metaphor for the unknown future. The video-work is filmed on the island of Psarra, opposite the Greek-Turkish borders,
Gaddis (2004) felt that the impression the wanderer's position atop the precipice and before the twisted outlook leaves "is contradictory, suggesting at once mastery over a landscape and the insignificance of the individual within it." Today we have become our own avatar in a digital universe. ‘The individualism of technological civilization relies precisely on a misunderstanding of the unique self’, writes the French philosopher Jacques Derrida.
Is it possible for a language to keep all the elements and the pronunciations of words, when the residents of a country migrate and leave behind much of this tradition in an effort to adapt to new conditions? How does the meaning of a word sound from a man who lacks the state of the exact word and from someone who has forgotten its interpretations/ meanings? Read More
The movement of populations and globalization are two reasons that make people to the use a common language as a communication medium. The result of this phenomenon is the elimination of those cultural platforms over the years. It is quite difficult to be able to keep the elements and the factors of a language from the previous generation to the next, because those elements are not parts of an everyday experience by the new users.
Tomas Diafas borrows elements from demonstrations in Greek cities and creates the performance "I want an art superior to me".
Quickly-made banners, with barely distinguishable slogans, manifestos on flyers spread in the streets, mark 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 members of parliament, deriving instead 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. Read More
"The veil that shrouds the king, as impressive as it may appear, the more ephemeral and tenuous it is. It is deconstructed by the very same hands that made it, it is washed and returned heavy to awaken him from the vain stupor of sweet authority." Read More
The flag is the collective acceptance of an emblem or symbol. Here, the artist uses it to represent merely his presence in the space. Performing the monumental moment of the raising of a flag and imitating stances from iconic paintings and photographs (from the Russian revolution, French revolution, Gay Pride, Indignados movement etc.), he attempts a gesture void of meaning and symbolism, an oxymorous symbol of today. Read More
The initiative developed out of a network of workers, volunteers and residents inside the Malakasa refugee camp, who are organising amongst themselves so as to go beyond what their jobs perscribe in order to tackle the urgent needs of the residents of the camp, to raise pubilc awareness, combat social exclusion, and to find ways to integrate into the life of the city through cultural and educational projects. Read More