STATE OF CONCEPT: ‘EVERYTHING’S WRONG, XERXES’ BY MARGARITA BOFILIOU
Outset Greece supports Margarita Bofiliou's solo exhibition Everything’s wrong, Xerxes. The title of the show derives from an encounter betewen Bofiliou and a friend; the phrase "everything’s wrong, Xerxes" which was dropped in their discussion stayed in her mind. It derives from the classic Greek tragedy Perseus by Aeschylus in which Xerxes, the infallible king, made the wrong decisions; he built bridges, he pushed forward to conquer but finally returned defeated. In his seminal tragedy, Aeschylus is using the defeated as his central figure in order to accentuate the winners - in this case the Greeks. The artist investigates this perspective, making a commentary on patriotism, the infamous self-love of the Greek tradition as well as the notion of symbols within politics, society and its power relations.
The works featured in the exhibition explore the way in which symbols are used in contemporary culture, as well as how power manipulates, filters and re-appropriates symbols. Bofiliou uses symbols, social practices, experience and memory, primeval mysticism and contemporary introspection as tools for her work. She investigates how the socio-political system forms symbols, stereotypes, behaviours and roles for its benefit. The artists is interested in the construction and elaboration of human and environmental nature, in conjunction to a personal experience.
For more information, please visit: http://www.stateofconcept.org/
May 16–July 11, 2015?
Opening: May 15, 8.00pm
State of Concept, Athens
Image: West, East, North and South meet, 2015 @ State of Concept. Courtesy of the artist.