Is our social reality actually less brutal and aggressive than the epidemic mental disorders we clinically treat?The present conceptual group art exhibition explores relations between the symptomatology of manic depression and cultural tactics in contemporary capitalism, from the point of the psyche of the subject in them. It is the diploma thesis of the curator, who studies in The School of Architecture of the Technical University of Crete, and it constitutes their attempt to connect the alienating experience of the disease with the social reality in order to be liberated from it through comprehension.
Τhe experience of manic-depressive spectrum becomes the occasion for a curation that recognizes rampant inductive though loops, suicidal ideations, disputed self-confidence, addictive pleasures in dysphoria in artistic practices of creators who study the current. This is not an exhibition of the 'mentally ill' and argues for a visibility on the aesthetics of thought. The artist’s work here refers to how the subjects internally respond to the contemporary technocratic capitalist situation and negotiate with their identity.
A group show curated by Khares Tokatlidis
Artists: Ruki, Super Gonorrhea And Nikos Giannios, Miltos Digkas, Tømi Aka Tomscode, Mitikafe, One Silenced Puppet, Khares Tokatlidis
Opening: 18:00-22:00 Wednesday January 25th.
Thu-Sun 18:00 - 21:00
Esto Association is based in Exarchia, Athens and was founded in 2021 by Markela Bgiala, Niki Danai, Konstantinos Doumpenidis, and Iro Karavia. It’s a creative association of designers-artists with multidisciplinary backgrounds. Our focus is the use of design as a medium to address current societal problems, and engage in political, social and humanitarian issues but also to work with clients on visionary commercial projects.We want to highlight the generative power of design and the possibilities that artistic practices can open up in critical and socially active ways. For this reason, we focus on collaborations with art initiatives, non profit organizations / groups and institutions, and reach out to the neighborhood communities.Our team has collaborated in projects and exhibitions with Open Fabric Studio, Typical Organization, HRO Studio, Centrum Berlin, ANKAA NGO, Un.Processed Realities, and The Epigraphic Museum of Athens.We have also worked with clients such as COCO-MAT, KRAFT Paints, Thetis Concept Store, Krama Festival, Luisa World and State of Concept Athens.Esto has been featured in various Greek media such as Lifo Magazine, The Telos Society and Design Society.Esto shifts between art, creative direction, curatorial and design practices.
Adress: 24, Zaimi Street, Exarchia.