The exhibition explores the perception of chance in private and public life through a selection of provocative performances by Marina Abramovic, David Hammons and Robin Rhode.
An ephemeral happening in life, chance is similar to performance, yet here it is staged and revealed through monochromatic photography, video and variegated installation. Each performance challenges the mystical nature of chance having used the body and a tool with no absolute ruling. The action sways in either direction beyond one’s control and within this limbo, the viewer is invited to decide for themselves.
Often describing herself as the “grandmother of performance art”, Marina Abramovic plays between the breaking points of the body and the mind. In her collaboration with longtime partner Ulay, she surrenders full control and enters a life-threatening, vulnerable position in their performance, Rest Energy (1980).
Countering this private world, David Hammons in the 1970s became preoccupied with the breakdown of cultural classifications placed in the “high” or the “low” and set the judgement of the art historical canon into question. His installation Untitled from 2008 launches this conceptual ideology by confronting the elitist identity of painting, notably abstract expressionism.
Drawing from South African post-apartheid experiences and the memories of those generations before him, Robin Rhode’s subject matter varies from poverty, politics, petty crime, gambling and racial stereotypes. In the photographic installation 36 Ways a Dice can Roll/ Dice (2011), he captures the fundamental human will to succeed, often with great risk to achieve a certain desired reward.
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|Date: 01/11/2012 –26/02/2013 Place: Athens Venue: The George Economou Collection, 77, Grammou str., Marousi. Op. H.: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 10:00 – 18:00 Thursday: 10:00 – 20:00|