Theodoros Zafeiropoulos: 24 Hours of Pride, video (still), 2014

Theodoros Zafeiropoulos |Quest of Query: The Menace of the Obvious

The last part of the exhibition series Art Under a Dangerous Star is the presentation of the collaborative project Quest of Query: The Menace of the Obvious by Athens-based artist Theodoros Zafeiropoulos and curator Eszter Szakács. A productive dialogue that initially started in Bergen, Norway, forms a “bridge for production,”—, connecting also the countries of Norway, Greece, and Hungary—, leading to the exhibition. In 2013 both of them took part simultaneously in a residency program at two different institutions in Bergen: the AiR Bergen program at the USF Vertfel center for the arts and culture, and the contemporary art center Hordaland Kunstsenter.
In the video installations presented at the exhibition, under the initial idea that “landscape is not innocent,” the observatory and metaphorical readings are in focus, where it is through the attention to the obvious and the details of landscapes, bodies, or architecture, that the socio-political appears. A national parade, a series of flags, a rafter at the harbor, a description of imagery: the artist intervenes into invisible and dominant mechanisms, and so that through documentation and meticulous work, he could fabricate them into ambiguous observations. In his videos, the harmless course of events transform into disturbing snapshots.Art Under a Dangerous Star is part of the international collaborative project Beginning As Well As We Can (How Do We Talk About Fascism?), with What, How and for Whom / WHW and Alerta – Centre for Monitoring of Right-Wing Extremism and Anti-Democratic Tendencies in Zagreb. The project Beginning As Well As We Can (How Do We Talk About Fascism?) is supported by the European Cultural Foundation.The realization of the exhibition Quest of Query: The Menace of the Obvious is supported by the Embassy of Greece in Hungary and Theo Tours Travel Agency.
June 13 – July 26, 2014
Deák Erika Galéria, 1061 Budapest, Mozsár utca 1Opening: June 12, 2014, 6 pm. Opening speech by H.E. Mr. Dimitris Yannakakis, Ambassador of Greece to Hungary