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30 artists “speak” of the crisis

24 June 2012 / 15:06:37  GRReporter
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The international exhibition of 30 artists who present their views on the current situation through videos and photos has an extremely up to date title - «It's the Political Economy, Stupid». The exhibition will be presented at the Centre for Contemporary Art of the State Museum of Contemporary Art at the port of Thessaloniki. It will last from the 27th of June until the end of September. The title of the exhibition originates from the popular statement of Bill Clinton during his presidential campaign in 1992 «It's the economy, stupid» rephrased by the Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Zizek.

The Centre for Contemporary Art is becoming a meeting place for artists from all around the world who comment through their works on the last 30 years of neoliberal globalization, privatizations, flexible labour relations, nationalized markets, everything that has led to the growing economic crisis.

"Today we see how the collapse of capitalism has become the greatest crisis also of the representative democracy. The original idea for the modern-nation-state is in danger because the flow of financial capital has gone out of the narrow borders of the states and is destroying all that was once considered to be stable against speculation in the markets, and the political capital undermines any vital political principle. The social class itself and the concept of government based on security and prosperity have turned today into modern debris". This is what the curators of the exhibition Oliver Ressler and Gregory Cholet noted.

"The questions posed by the exhibition, the crisis of the financial – credit system and its impact on the everyday life of the people are directly related to Greece, from which, as many people believe, started the European experiment of reallocating capital, destroying the benefits of workers, and the complete reliance of the political life on the forces of the capital", said the director of the State Museum of Contemporary Art Sirago Tsiara. Within the exhibition are organized various events, including a one-day conference on the 28th of June under the title «It 's the Political Economy, Stupid. Contemporary art and the world economic crisis», with reports of eminent analysts from Greece and abroad.



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