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„Artists work within the public sphere, they are more visible. This makes them an easier, softer target for people who want to silence their work (…)“. (UNESCO)
Art historian and co-curator of the exhibition Dr. Constantinos Proimos notes: “The love of all earthly things, regardless of their status, qualifies Tsebeli, following the great tradition of Joseph Beuys who has downgraded the form for the sake of moral activism. What seems to us as trash or useless, in the universe of Tsembelis turns into a weapon of killing life, nature and the earth and impregnates the possibility of changing events not only in the field of art but also in the world itself. The change cited by Tsembeli confronts the shame, guilt and repentance that only weakness inherit to human existence and qualifies the strength, happiness and optimism for the destiny of our world.”
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The contemporary art exhibition “The Fundamental Fallacy” by Katerina Tsebeli, was officially opened on Saturday 23rd September 2023, at 8:30 p.m., at the Match More Art Gallery, 351 Mikis Theodorakis Avenue, Platanias.
The exhibition, organized by the Match More Art Gallery, is part of the art program CHANIART-2023 celebrating the 15 YEARS of the Contemporary Art Museum of Chania Olivepress in Dromonero. It is co-organized by the Region of Crete, the Regional Unit of Chania, the Municipality of Platanias and Zeuxis Art Studio.
Editor: Dr. Konstantinos V. Proimos and Ioannis N. Archontakis.
Mainly mixed media works are presented in the exhibition “The Fundamental Fallacy” . The artist, Katerina Tsebeli, makes free use of her materials, without being particularly interested in the form of the work, the artistic composition and aesthetics.
Her concern is mainly ethical: she critically examines the culture of shame surrounding organic matter, especially when it is in a state of decay and characterized as dirty and disgusting.
This kind of matter that surrounds us every day. In our culture the predominance of ephemeral things that are close to useless garbage has a particular application in modern art, as the example of Tsebeli shows. The artist, and even more so the collector, has the power to transform these ephemeral things into things of enduring value with messages by bringing them to the foreground in a certain way, through the system of the art world. Tsebeli does not simply wish to encourage the viewer to accept what is considered absurd, abnormal and paradoxical in culture, unlike all those who would like to banish such monsters from art. Rather, she aims even deeper, to remove the guilt and shame from contacting with all that is considered dirty and polluting and to strike with her artistic hammer the idols that society glorifies.
Dr. Konstantinos Proimos, art historian and co-curator of the exhibition notes:
“Katerina Tsebeli favors the love of all that is earthly, regardless of their situation, following the great tradition of Joseph Beuys who degraded the form for the sake of moral activism.
What appears to us as trash or useless, turns in Tsebeli’s universe into a weapon of affirmation of life, nature and the earth and carries the possibility of changing the conventions not only in the field of art but also in the world as such.
The change invoked by Tsebeli combats the shame, guilt and remorse that only weakness bequeaths to human existence and favors strength, happiness and optimism for the destiny of our world.”
Katerina Tsebeli was born in Athens in 1963. She initially studied at the Athens School of Fine Arts with professors Panagiotis Tetsis and Nikos Kessanlis and later completed postgraduate studies in Graphic Arts and Multimedia at the Hellenic Open University. She has presented her visual work in five individual exhibitions and has participated in dozens of group exhibitions in Greece, Belgium and Russia. For a number of years he taught Middle School Visual Arts, Free Drawing and Art History and also volunteered to teach Elements of Painting to groups of adults. She is a member of the Greek Chamber of Visual Arts. She lives with her large family and creates in Chania, Crete.
Source : XANIaRT