The front sides of the sculptures are carefully worked while the back remain rough, revealing the way the plaster model has been worked, the artist’s hand movements and textures of the materials. Both sides, visible to the viewer, explore dualities such as the stage and the background, the face and the mask.
Where could these demonic/angelic forms reside? Do they roam the streets of metropolises? What does the flickering of their wings or their sardonic laughter sound like? Thus, the modern city is an inhospitable environment for them, because such creatures could overturn its ostensible structure and balance – a capitalist construct
that hostages trapped, alienated souls, who work like cogs, for the benefit of a fictitious “progress”.
Κωμωδία/ Comoedia examines the urban landscape that spreads before us posing a vital question: will the poet manage to save the city, as in Aristophanes’ Frogs, or are they just observing us indifferently from the firmament, like Dante when he moved to Paradise?
Panos Profitis lives and works in Athens. Profitis holds a Master in Visuals Arts (2016) from the Royal Academy of Arts in Antwerp focusing in site specific arts/ installation art and a Bachelor degree from the Athens School of Fine Arts (2013). For his Master he received a study scholarship from NEON organization (2015-2016) and for his master thesis he was awarded in 2016 the Hugo Roelandt Price by the Royal Academy of Arts, Hugo Roelandt Estate and Objectif Antwerp. Selected shows: Unboxing Maria Callas at SNFCC (2023), The Agprognostic Temple Brussels (2023), Cycladic Cafe Art Project at Cycladic Museum (2022), A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at Alkinois (2022), “Epistemologies of the Sun” at Rebecca Camhi Gallery (2022), “Mythologies/ New Terrains” at SNFCC (2022), “ Prizing Eccentric Talents” Pet Projects Athens (2021), Hydra School Project (2020), Turtle Soup Ex Dogana Rome (2018). Profitis was a fellow of Artworks (2018), Artist Support Program SNF Artist Fellowship. In October 2018 he was a resident at the Initiator AiR Program in Eleusis (European Capital of Cultural 2023). In 2013 he represented Greece at the Young Artist Biennale in Ancona, Italy. During documenta 14 Profitis worked as artist collaborator for the Nigerian-born visual artist Otobong Enkanga. In 2017 he had his first solo show at Annie Gentils Gallery in Antwerp (Belgium).
Panos Profitis, Herald, 2023, aluminium, 73 x 30 x 86 cm. (detail)