Friday 3 November 2023

Lost, eroded & Vulnerable @T.A.F. / the art foundation

T.A.F. / the art foundation presents the group exhibition Lost, eroded & Vulnerable, which inaugurates in its exhibition space on Thursday 16 November 2023, and hosts the works of 9 young artists.

When the surface of things is also their maximum depth and nothing retains any uncertainty or ambiguity, it is very easy not to really connect. The world is constantly becoming more and more transparent and yet more and more paradoxical: while the complete removal of ambiguity appears to be the ultimate project of the times, we often find it difficult to distinguish between the authentic and the simulation.

In The Transparency Society (2011), Bung-Chul Han develops his thoughts on contemporary culture and technology and argues that in our hyper-connected, digital age, we live in a society increasingly characterised by radical transparency. This transparency is not only about the flow of information but extends to the person as well. It is a society where individuals willingly expose themselves on social media, while companies and governments monitor and collect their data extensively. Han argues that this ubiquitous transparency leads to self-exploitation, anxiety and erosion of privacy as individuals willingly become both observers and observed, resulting in a loss of authentic human connection and a shift towards a more conformist and performative culture.

The group exhibition Lost, eroded and vulnerable, in a dialogue with a wide range of interpretations of the concept of transparency, addresses issues of lost identity, eroded boundaries and complete vulnerability in an era characterised by hyperconnectivity, overexposure and over-control. The featured works translate Han's ideas into a visual language that resonates with the complexities of the contemporary world. The notion of transparency is interpreted and used differently each time, becoming the occasion for idiosyncratic interpretations of privacy, enclosure, the opacity of the hidden self, the unexposed, but also the transparent and shared. Perhaps in this sense the exhibition is also a peculiar topology of passion, as expressed through the meeting and dialogue of the nine young artists presenting their work at T.A.F. / the art foundation.

Participants: George Georgiu, Shekine Nainti, Miltos Digkas, Barba Dee, Kildi Drasa, Vangelis Savvas, Vasilis Georgoulas, Erifili Doukeli, Super Gonorrhea
Curated: Karolina Aleiferopoulou & Erifili Doukeli

Opening: Thursday 16 November 2023 | 19.30
Duration: 16.11.23 - 03.12.23
Opening hours: Wednesday to Sunday | 15.00 – 23.00
Address: 5 Normanou Street, Monastiraki

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