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Greeks are silent, numb, helpless and dependent

02 June 2013 / 14:06:13  GRReporter
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I am worried because citizens today are speechless, numb and powerless, dependent and defenceless against the brutal power which is determined to finish its crime - the destruction of culture, society, education, solidarity, love and everything normal in our life. I am worried because even today, when we are experiencing the triumph of evil, racism and neo-fascism, everybody is waiting for a messiah who would find a way out and lead the mind in the direction that would change things. And we all know that if we do not do it ourselves, no messiah will come.

After meeting and talking to visitors during my exhibition at the Benaki Museum, I am now sure how 

great the need for communication is. The works included in the exhibition cover 50 years, and since I deal with history, besides my personal journeys, they also reflect 50 years of history. This exhibition is an invaluable tool for the sequel that I am planning. I have felt a lot of the themes that appear in my movies and paintings during discussions with viewers and visitors.

I am working on a new film with a working title "The Star of Capital". I like working titles, "Small Revolts" was originally entitled "Panselinos" (full moon). "Sweet Memory" had a working title "40 hours in Satila". I started writing the script in 2010, when I finished Small Revolts. I am interested in the situation in which we have been living in recent years, and which does not seem to have an end. This situation is my theme.

People feel guilty when they encounter such a serious word like "crisis". I feel that capitalism’s crisis of age began in the era of utopian Esperanto, which preceded the euro-perspective and today it is moving neither forward, nor backward.

The title of my book ''Order in Chaos'' is like an unfulfilled desire. Sometimes adults are scared when Order is violated and normality of life is lost. They are scared, because they start seeing the false boundaries, among which they are used to living. Art has other themes, too - like living with chaos and gazing into the dark side of man. It often gives new interpretations of aesthetics and ethics. This is what I tried to elaborate on in my book.

Poet Maria Laina is editor of the book and the two prefaces are written by Peppi Rigopoulou and Manos Stefanidis.


Benaki Museum

138 Pireos Street

Thursday, Sunday: 10.00 a.m. - 6.00 p.m., Friday-Saturday: 10.00 a.m. - 10.00 p.m., Closed on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Phone: 0030 210 3453111; fax: 0030 210 3453743

Tags: Kyriakos Katzourakis exhibition Benaki Museum director Small Revolts
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