With works by Lenora de Barros, Sine Hansen, Lena Henke, Selma Köran, Panayiotis Loukas, Angelo Plessas, Siggi Sekira, Zoe Spehr, Yorgos Stamkopoulos and Julija Zaharijevic;
curated by Olympia Tzortzi
14 September – 05 November 2022
Opening day: 14 September, 7 pm – 10 pm
Hyperreality versus surrealism equals hypersurreality. Shapes sculpted much larger or smaller than life, colors more vivid than expected, subjects that include an enigmatic imagery compose a hyper-surreal condition to be observed. Shifting from the notion of the “superior reality” of the subconscious – surrealism – and its overflow into society to the inability of consciousness to distinguish reality from a simulation of reality – hyperrealism – the exhibition is creating a mirrored world of spectacle of realisms. Shape and color as representations fulfill two basic functions. One connects things belonging together and separates the ones that should be apart and the other one serves identification, that through working in reverse enables simultaneously a basic reflection of reality and an abstraction of reality as well. The urge to desire a different reality from the one that we are facing now is undeniable. The attempt to achieve a condition, in which what is real and what is fiction are seamlessly blended together, is self-evident. Neither an illusion is suggested nor an imagination of a fantastic past. A fiction of the real is being introduced. A selection of artworks that present living, tangible objects, emphasizes on mundane everyday imagery, where the human emotions, the political values and narrations of our time are not being omitted. Other works focus more on abstract reality which in fact cannot be seen by the human eye but implies the physical presence of a living being. In between the exhibits, questions emerge: Has our reality become a hall of mirrors? And if so, are we happily entertained by the reflections and distortions, or are we desperately searching for a glimpse behind the looking-glasses and a way out?