Stones // Πέτρες


Sculpture installation // stone, seven plaster sculptures, two posters,14 pages fanzine accompanied with 3D paper glasses // 2018

The artwork is a tribute to the stone. The stone is seen as a theoretical approach for the position of the artist today and as a symbol of insurrection.
 Inside the zine, there are three text excerpts from radical thinkers reflecting on the power of art to motivate, question and format society. In the beginning, Giulio Carlo Argan claims that the goal of the artists is to bring societal change but that wasn't possible at his time due to the arrogance of the artist-genius. The anthropologist David Graeber says that in rebellion periods everyone tends to become a creator. This is possible due to the collapse of the bureaucratic mechanisms that tend to constrain the broadening of horizons. The activist Satish Kumar, argues that the artist isn’t a special species and that everyone is a potential artist. The artist within the person is suppressed and it's everyone’s responsibility to let him/herself/@ free.
Additionally, there is a rebellion song called “to sagapo pes to me petres /Say I love you with stones” by the band Kill the cat. It also includes two childish-like exercises like spotting the differences in the image and coloring the shapes. In the zine are photos and collages depicting stones, some of them in 3D versions. In the end, there are two conclusions about the current position of modern art and its institutions, questioning the role they are playing in the above discussion.

The installation is based on the theoretical ideas that are gathered in the zine. The questioning of the established system of art institutions and the white cube presentation of the artworks are primary in the work. Through a gallery-style presentation of a stone collected on the mountains and its seven plaster replicas, the installation highlights the contradiction between the different uses and aspects of a single object.


The artwork was presented in A’ sculpture studio, ASFA in February 2018 and at “Isogeio” Art Gallery in May 2018 in Athens.

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