Faces that form networks - networks that form faces. Eleanna Martinou in her most recent work, approaches the function of the mask as a social facade by presenting two installations: One of watercolors and a sculptural, three dimensional one. Drawing her portraiture from facebook, the artist creates a wider grid for each of the masks. The transparent nature of the watercolor reveals the camouflage and this way the interpersonal relationships and the online friendships are depicted as a network full of empty spaces and flaws. On the points of connection, the color reflects the rhythm and the emotion, always in the poetic idiom that characterizes her work. The Eyewitnesses are constructed by malleable connections, connections on the verge of fragility and they seem to be fluid just like their gaze.
Eleanna Martinou this time too continues to explore the concepts of network and rhythm, as in her previous solo shows.
Junction / Disjunction: On one side, globalization and the perception of the generation born and raised in Greece in the 1980ies; on the other one, the story hidden behind a sealed wooden door of some home in the country where our parents grew – one remaining hermetically closed. A pair of terms in perpetual subversion.
Contemporary technology and social media bring together all those remaining faithful to humanitarian values and the exchange of ideas. The new constellation of geographic centers of reference calls for the restructuring of space, sentiment and priorities.
Imaginary Metropolises | Φαντασιακές Μητροπόλεις
The thematic unit Imaginary Metropolises explores the hybridisation of individual and social identities in contemporary cities.
The situationist drift is the structural element behind the construction of images where multiple layers of events create a mesh of intersecting trajectories, whose densities increase or decrease like in music. With the abolition and reconstitution of form evolves the idea of a new global community, without beginning, middle or end.
During the last two decades in Greece, money, as a means of acquiring commodities, has become an end in itself. Albeit, this was never the product of labor or strategic programming, but an immense bubble that was either inflated through global market procedures, or underestimated altogether, without any sense of measure or balance. History is written by everyday people and involves trivial moments, rather than great leaders or the occasional authorities. The network which connects the inner vision and the bodily record constructs a new mechanism from the bottom up, whose temporality is no longer linear. Within that framework, the individual gets connected to the whole and to the market and the new society emerges devoid of supreme principles; the only principle is the market itself. On the one hand, there are stages of emergence of the work of art / network; on the other, images / photographs / documents of the Protagonists. In conjunction with previous works – Imaginary Metropolis and Radar, the Prosopon now creates a Republic through a mesh of trajectories and superimposed layers. This Republic consists of the lines suggestive of the traces and events created by each Prosopon, through its presence and its partaking in the making of history. The Body of the Metropolis is the aggregate of the Prosopa dwelling there, shaping it through the flux of time. It is molded inside the non-linear continuum of time. The nexus of the trajectories, the choices of the Prosopon and the chance encounters between humans, emerges through superimposed layers of documents (photographs, newspaper clippings, film stills). The work integrates dancing gestures. With the abolition and reconstitution of form evolves the idea of a new global community, without beginning, middle or end.
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