Throughout his artistic career, Christian Boltanski has fought for the right to freedom that every human being should have, irrespective of their nationality, their religion or the social class they belong. This is the kind of freedom he claims for all the nameless victims of concentration camps, for all the nameless citizens of all the countries in the world who are subject to all kinds of oppression.
Armed with the black-and-white photographs he has collected as relics of people he has never known personally, with the weak yellowish light of old-fashioned light bulbs and digital chronometers that measure out human existence minute after minute, he becomes the ultimate anthropocentric artist--an archivist and chronicler of human traces.
In his emotionally-charged installation titled Eyes, Boltanski isolates and magnifies eyes of Athenians from actual ID photographs and invites visitors to actively participate by recording their heartbeat in real time in an effort to keep their biological and mental imprint alive into perpetuity. By placing individual faces against anonymity, he starts a dialogue between the personal and impersonal and leads us up a stage from ‘looking’ to ‘seeing’ by helping us acquire awareness and self-awareness.
The exhibition is curated by Marilena Karra.
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|Dates: 08/10/2013 – 12/01/2014 Place: Athens. Venue: Onassis Cultural Centre (Exhibition Hall), 107-109, Syngrou Ave. Op. H.: Daily, 12:00 – 21:00.|