Polis – Civilization, Private – Public space @ Ersi Gallery
Jun 18 @ 12:00 pm – Sep 12 @ 2:30 pm

Polis – Civilization, Private – Public  space

“Civilizationisthederivative (product) of the city, the style of individual and collective life, which emerges when collectivity succeeds in operating as a polis. The historical event as well as the meaning of polis wascreated by Ancient Greeks. It was created by their need, not just by their thought.

Poliswasneither an ephemeral creation of the Greeks’ common need that happened once nor afixed, established achievement. Itwasthedesideratum(the aim) of coexistence. With Greek polis, for the first time in history, thefulfilment of verity became theaim-objective-aspiration of collectivity. Verity does not mean correctnessofreasoning, principles or wordings, verity for Greeks was immortality–veritable is whatever does not wear, does not change, does not die.

Is there “anything” immortalinthehorizonofwhat humans may know, a “criterion of verity”? Yes, there is, replied the Greeks through the pen of Heraclitous. However, thereisnot “anything”, there is a way of being immortal – the way of administrating everything.

…So, polis is the daring enterprise-pursuit to make the collective coexistence of humans operate in the immortal way, the cosmic propriety way. Theaccomplishmentofthisgoalconstitutes the immortal and non-perishable beauty created by the people of polis;an achievement of existence “according to verity”. The enterprise of verity, as a result of polis, is called civilization.

…True creators in the field of Letters and Arts know that the endowment that has been given to them gives meaning to their existence.” *

     *excerpt from the article of Christos Yannaras//Kathimerini Newspaper, 17/05/2020

Based on the article of Christos Yannaras, I embrace the literalness of the article regarding the ideal city and the product of the city which is civilization produced by true creators. Amid a time when collectivity is affected, this exhibition aims to enable the collective coexistence of humans in the immortal way.



Will be presented artworks of:S. Vassiliou,Κ. Grammatopoulos, Ch. Sgouromiti,Ν.Kalafatis, Ν. Kaskouras, Ν. Kessanlis, G. Lazongas, G. Lappas, Th. Manolidis, Τ. Marthas, Y. Migadis,Κ. Xenakis, S. Politi,P. Tatsiopoulos, A. Tsirogiannis, Thrafia, Μ. Fournaris, D. Chiotopoulos, Ν.Houtos.

General Info

Opening: Thursday June 18 , 2020 at 12:00

Duration: June 18 –  September 12, 2020

Operating hours: Monday – Friday 11:00am – 2:30pm & 5:30pm – 8:30pm,

Saturday 11:00am – 2:30pm

Ersi Galley

Address: 4 Kleomenous Street, Athens, Greece

Tel: +30 2107220231



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