“Still Here Tomorrow”
at Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center
Part of the Summer Nostos Festival
What do we really share when we co-exist in the same space? How is our identity extended through our relations with others?
The first cohort of awardees, 45 visual artists and 15 filmmakers—theSNF ARTWORKS Fellows 2018—present their work at the Summer Nostos Festival organized by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF). The festival will run from June 23-30 at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, with free admission, where visitors are invited to become acquainted with the contemporary art scene in Greece through a widely varied collection of artworks.
The title functions affirmatively and constitutes a necessary assertion against the conditions of precariousness. Coexistence, exchange of ideas and creative tensions become a means of resistance to uncertainty. The participating artists propose narratives that dispute the conditions of the present as they open up the debate to the future.
Painting, sculpture, video, photography, performance, installation, new media and sound works activate spaces in the building of the National Library of Greece and the Southern Walks of the Stavros Niarchos Park. Through their work, the artists explore the potential of personal narratives, reflect on the role of digital and physical archives and the expectations and the challenges of technological evolution, while questioning humans' relationship with other forms of existence and the individual's relations to the community. They employ elements from everyday life in order to approach the 'uncanny' and return to past mythologies in order to create different ones for the future. They rethink the concepts of ownership, automation, work, production and identity, discerning their exclusions and delineations, thereby imagining tools to both disrupt and break free.