Giorgos Tserionis “Fragility” @ Archaeological Museum of Patras


The artist Giorgos Tserionis presents at the Archaeological Museum of Patras, the exhibition entitled “Fragility”, with the support of Achaia’s Ephorate of Antiquities.
The artworks presented in the exhibition, ceramic sculptures, digital prints and installations in the space, were created especially for the Archaeological Museum (site specific), so that they can coexist and interact with the archaeological remains that are already exposed there, since all the projects of “Fragility” will be exhibit to all the rooms of the Museum, among the permanent exhibits as well.
Yannis Bolis, Art Historian, Curator of SMSA, has written for” Fragility”: In the art of Giorgos Tserionis’, fictional conceptions with realistic backgrounds, fragmentation and the fragment, the process of deconstruction, transformation and metamorphosis, as well as the parameters of memory and time, experience and the aggregate of past events are crucial factors, while sensitivity coexists with cruelty, the past with the present, the familiar with the defamiliarization , privacy with sociableness, individual responsibility with the collective, the subversive wit, humor and irony with the heretical, sometimes, attitude. The sense of fragility constitutes the conceptual axis of a large section in his recent work. Fragility is defined as “the feature of being fragile” – a definition that covers a wide spectrum: fragility of the materials and paraphernalia, of the body, soul and emotions, of memory, knowledge and communication, of the natural laws and land, of the economic, political and social systems, of relationships and ties in all aspects of life…
His synthesis demonstrate the entrapment of man in a poignant and ambiguous struggle for survival in accordance with the constant risk of collapsing in a daunting wilderness, the divisions, the malfunctions and the vulnerable balances of existence and its traumatic experiences and anxieties; and, at the same time, they record the perplexed and controversial aspects of a fragmented, volage and disorientated universe that has mislaid its constant values and benchmarks, they confess the poetic tone of unfulfilled effort, the morality of the impasse, the moments of wounding and decline, cancelled desires and contradicted expectations, the dystopian aspects of the present, the refutation of utopian communities and, possibly, the emergence of new ones.
Not only doesn’t the use of different expressive means function as a segmentation factor, but instead contributes to the overall unity of the individual projects, by submitting a carefully staged, visual environment – evocative and enigmatic charming –, a cross-artistic cognitive conception and construction, a single and comprehensive proposal, appropriate and meaningful to symbolic connotations and readings. His compositions – objects, sculptures, ceramics, drawings, archive material – are affiliated to the shell of an archaeological museum, classified according to the museographic concept. The viewer is led on a non-preset browsing, selecting his moves and postures, being called to decipher unexpected exhibits, in order to find the secret codes and seek their secret connections, the unifying elements, the references, the projections and their common grounds, to process them as archaeological finds-fragments (in a direct adjacent to the original relics-fragments), as testimonies of biological, cultural and anthropo-logical evolution, representative, precious or ephemera evidence of the past, and finally as narratives in present tense, which recreate imprints and trails, rescue and preserve fragments of stories, actions and events, human behaviors and situations.


KROMA Tserionis  Fragility

Tserionis / Fragility

The idea of the presentation mentioned above – a “museum” within the halls of another museum – is viewed as an eterotopia, as a marginal representation, which triggers the allegorical dimension and conceptually broadens the dynamic of the suggestion. The images, ambiguous, unconventional and influential, alternate succeeding one another, interact with each other, cause bold impressions, impose themselves with intensity and plot visual tricks, address and addressed, claim more than the obvious, pose questions and remain unresolved by seeking their completion through participation, encounter their consignee by triggering the cognitive mechanisms and his perceptual ability, seek and enforce his emotional engagement, invite and challenge him to take part in a hermetically personal experience and collective by definition.
In today’s paradoxical and dramatic conjuncture of versatility, liquidity and transition, in a period of restructuring and crisis, questioning the ideologies and systems, of social turmoil, inhumane practices, hideous alienation and ominous uncertainty, Giorgos Tserionis’ recommendation offers alternative ways of viewing the failing contemporary condition and the critical reflection of it, focuses and invests in the standards of an art referring to life and man, in matters which concern him in his daily life and pick out moments of the meeting and the contact with the “other”; an art that emanates from reality, but is stated through transcendental approaches, intentions and quests of philosophical content; an art that initiates and invests in fragility, not as a sign of vulnerability but as a force of creativity and self-awareness, coherence and humanism, raising questions of existential and ontological nature. Traces, journeys in space and time, unexpected unions: the artist introduces us to a fantastic, and simultaneously timely real, museum of ‘ shattered ‘ times, renegotiating and orientating towards the concepts of coexistence and diversity, comes to test our strengths and fears, our worries and anxieties, to warn us, and, at the same time, to protect us, to animate us and motivate us to new structures of solidarity, management and resistance. Texts for “Fragility”, getting the stimulus from the current exhibition but giving their own perspective at the concept of fragility, have been written and are being hosted at the site, which was designed by branding & design agency busybuilding, especially for the exhibition, by: Yannis Bolis, John Moschos, Anna Mykoniati, Apostolis Artinos, Kyriakos Hatzimichailidis, Xenofon Papaefthimiou and Alexandra Panagopoulou.

Curators: Liana Zoza, Yannis Bolis

Duration: 17 September – 17 November 2016

Communication sponsors: tetarto,,,,

Opening hours: Daily from 08.00 – 20.00

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