HOW TO REPAIR A TEAR?
03.10.2019 – 09.11.2019
On Thursday, October 03rd 2019, Ileana Tounta Contemporary Art Center presents the solo show of Manolis Baboussis, titled How to Repair a Tear?.
The show will run until November 09th 2019.
Manolis Baboussis, with the ambiguous title How to repair a tear?, presents his fifth solo exhibition with new works at the Ileana Tounta Contemporary Art Center. The topics that the artist deals with in his exhibition are multiple and multi-layered. He negotiates concepts related to the dialectics between the artist and his work, which is controlled by the art market and the institutions of art, human behaviour, the depletion of nature, religion and violence.
He wonders how he will repair a tear or a crack, while at the same time he manifests his anxiety for the collapsing reality, creation and death.
For the last 45 years, the photographic work of Manolis Baboussis has been defending the objective and sharp tableau image with a critical approach and sensitivity, involving notions of institutions and power, of environment and loss, against the false and staged image of diverse myths in our times, where art itself is increasingly becoming a derivative of fake news.
In this exhibition, Baboussis presents a unified black and white multi-disciplinary installation articulated with various works, a creative selfie in which the viewer is invited to solve a crossword puzzle.
He places a 3.9m high totem of photographic tripods and two military stretchers into an unstable choreography, commenting on sharpness range of the photography process. A 10-metre long wall installation of his works embodies drawings, photographs, prints of his sculptures, architectural drawings and text. They are a group of images which, while functioning autonomously, they are in parallel dialogue with Baboussis’ poetical speech presented in two video projections.
He expresses his skepticism about approaches that favour story telling rather than the artist’s anxiety over verifying the form of his work. He wonders whether creation occurs with or without concept today / if the exhibition needs a pretext / a hug at the end of the day?