"Le seul moyen d’affronter un monde sans liberté est de devenir si absolument libre qu’on fasse de sa propre existence un acte de révolte."

"The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion."

- Albert Camus

Benaki Museum, 138 Pireos St.
29 Νοvember 2018 – 5 January 2019

All human knowledge takes the form of interpretation - Walter Benjamin

How can different artistic methodologies of interpretation merge into a unified language of communication able to represent multi-disciplinary narratives of fictional realities embedded in visual truths? How can a static portrayal of ideas resurrect underlying relationships between forms of writing, imagination and personal history? Does the visual agency of the photograph override, enhance or merely complement its literary equivalent? Or are the two perhaps too antagonistic to co-exist? From Foucault’s theories of vision as object of knowledge, to Ranciere’s re-evaluation of the viewer’s participation and experience in the knowledge-making procedure, historical and contemporary theories have attempted to analyze and explain the intricacies of knowledge interpretation, as that is manifested in artistic practices.

Photo-graphē, by employing literature and images as guides to one another, does not only evoke questions on the relationship between viewer, participant and storyteller, but is also able to consider those issues through the lens of inter-disciplinarity, via the interactive experience taking place between the cross-sectioning of their interpretive capacities. From Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities translated through Marino Tsagkaraki’s hospital interior of Valley 1, to Alexis Stamatis’ Bar Flaubert seen through the lens of Ioanna Sakellaraki’s, Belgian Chateau de la Foret, the visitor is invited to take an interactive journey in a conversation between literature and photography, to explore the correlation between visual and literary narratives, while deciding on the potentiality and limitations of their relationship in relation to knowledge, as well as each other.

Participating artists: Maria Antelman, Dimitra Dede, Yiannis Hadjiaslanis, Stratos Kalafatis, Kostas Kapsianis, Panos Kokkinias, Yiorgos Kordakis, Nikos Markou, Mari Masouridou, Yiorgos Mavropoulos, Maria Mavropoulou, Lia Nalpantidou, Margarita Nikitaki, Kamilo Nollas, Rea Papadopoulou, Paris Petridis, Ioanna Sakellaraki, Georges Salameh, Spyros Staveris, Eftihia Stefanidi, Angela Svoronou, Manolis Tsafos, Marinos Tsagkarakis, Dimitris Tsoublekas, Alexis Vasilikos, Lukas Vasilikos, Nikolas Ventourakis, Eirini Vourloumi.

This exhibition is possible due to the occasion of Kastaniotis Editions’ 50 years anniversary.

Maria Nicolacopoulou