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Έκθεμα 1, Αίθουσα 1:

Αντί για Μανιφέστο.

Έκθεμα 3, Αίθουσα 1:

“Αυτή η πέτρα είναι στρογγυλή, να πάει πίσω στο νταμάρι της”

In 1958 I wrote the following:

There are no hard distinctions between what is real and what is unreal, nor between what is true and what is false. A thing is not necessarily either true or false; it can be both true and false.’

I believe that these assertions still make sense and do still apply to the exploration of reality through art. So as a writer I stand by them but as a citizen I cannot. As a citizen I must ask: What is true? What is false?

“Art, Truth & Politics”, Harold Pinter, Nobel Lecture delivered on video on 2005
Fig Tree Arch in Arusha Park in Tanzania / Αψίδα από που έχει δημιουργηθεί από δύο συκιές στο Εθνικό Πάρκο της Αρούσα, στην Τανζανία. Η φύση μας επικοινωνεί τον τρόπο που λειτουργεί με ειλικρίνεια και διαφάνεια δημιουργώντας παράλληλα δημόσια τέχνη. (Φωτογραφία: Μαρία Σωτηροπούλου, 2018)

“I am an artist, I do not do politics.”

“Upon completion, Guernica was exhibited at the Spanish display at the 1937 Paris International Exposition, and then at other venues around the world. The touring exhibition was used to raise funds for Spanish war relief.”

Guernica by Pablo Picasso. 1937. Oil on canvas. (Source: Wikipedia)

It was a hot summer of 2017, when I entered the Sophia Reina Museum to finally see “Guernica” for the first time. I was moving around the people gathered, I saw the immense bodies in the paintings and I saw people surrounded in front of the painting. Was Picasso angry or sad when he created the painting? Did he get his message across? How do people feel while watching the painting? Do they admire it because they know that Picasso is a famous painter? Did these people lost anyone during the Spanish Civil war, or any other civil war? Who bombed Guernica?

“Πες μια ιστορία”