Ο Δήμος Χανίων, η Δημοτική Πινακοθήκη Χανίων και το Δημοτικό Λιμενικό Ταμείο σας προσκαλούν στην έκθεση με τίτλο, “6 Φόνοι εν καιρώ Ειρήνης” του εικαστικού καλλιτέχνη Νίκου Γιαβρόπουλου που θα πραγματοποιηθεί στο Γιαλί Τζαμί (Ενετικό Λιμάνι Χανίων), από στις 25 Αυγούστου έως και 25 Σεπτεμβρίου.
An artist’s obligation
the mnemonic obliteration
This multimedia, if not multifaceted, piece of art by Nikos Giavropoulos, titled: “Six Murders during peace time” is an artistic condemnation of a very peculiar social condition that has emerged in Greece during the last ten years. The events that inspired Giavropoulos, in order to come up this very large, in terms of allocated space, installation, were the deaths of six young persons, who were killed simply because their very presence and existence did not comply with the assassins’ core of problematic values.
The artist presents, in terms of symbolic anatomy, the crimes, avoiding any sort of graphic representations. By doing that, the viewer is allowed to remember -if not to reflect- upon the meaning of life, in conjunction with the given socio-political context.
The installation takes place in an entirely dark room, in which the tri-partite portraits of the victims surround the walls. This type of portraiture allows the artist to convey more information, yet in a very suggestive way. Simply, because the central part is totally empty, thus connoting the aftermath of all these violent acts, while on the other two parts we can discern: on the left, classicizing fragments that according to Giavropoulos can visually echo the tragic identity of each victim, and on the right the corresponding weapon of each person’s case, recreated as a low relief sculpted item.
The artist enhances all these dramatis personae by the technique of super-imposition that a video projection can do, so that we do finally see each killed person’s photograph, while -at certain intervals- another fragment of a distorted version of the Greek flag is shown, indicating -along with the monotonous sound of a metronome that is placed within the space proper of the installation- the uneasiness of such an atrocious collection of horrendous cases.
The political dimension for someone who is aware of the contemporary Greek society is obvious and serious, for a person just being young, immigrant, anti-Nazi, gay, trans and woman was murdered, while the issue of justice is questionable in many respects.
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Exhibition duration: August 25 to September 25
Exhibition opening hours: Monday to Saturday 19.00-23.00