An Exhibition Against the Artist's Ego at Enterprise Projects

10.10.2018

To be an artist is to consider that the world as it is is not enough. It is to consider that we do have a say. It is also to consider our point of view as a starting point to look at the world, to take a stand. We think that all of these considerations start from the conception of a « self » as a being aware of the thinking process, a being full of ego.

Philosophy has been interested in the εgo ever since Descartes; Descartes first considered the ego as a thought-provoking subject. Then, Sartre distinguished the ‘’me’’ from the Εgo: “The Εgo is not the owner of consciousness, it is the object of consciousness.”

Nefeli Papadimouli, Interval’s voice, metal, paint, 2.92x2.92x30 cm, 2018. [Artists] Against Ego, curated by Palette Terre, Enterprise Projects. Photo by: Stathis Mamalakis.

In many religions and beliefs the ego is considered as a confinement: believing that we know who we are.

Each artist has his or her own practice. Everyone tries to make a living out of his art, everyone tries to find a way to exist as an artist. For this purpose, everything is allowed: we want to exist, we want to speak, we want to live. We believe that the art world forces the artist to sell himself as an incredible, surprising, inevitable person. If he wants to exist, the artist must assert his ego.

We do know we have ego. That’s probably one of the reasons we’re artists. But what to do?

Can we for one exhibition, use our ego for something other than personal success? Can we, for one exhibition, set aside the pressure to succeed and propose another model of success?

Participating artists: Camille Blatrix, Bastien Cosson, Anouchka Oler, Nefeli Papadimouli, Anastasia Pavlou, We Are the Painters.

We Are The Painters, Dominos Chairs [from the series ‘Don’t sit on the chairs!], acrylic paint on wooden chairs, dimensions variable, 2018. [Artists] Against Ego, curated by Palette Terre, Enterprise Projects. Photo by: Stathis Mamalakis.
From left: Anastasia Pavlou, Scenes from the Tempest no.83, high flow acrylics, gesso on canvas, 100x120, 2018. Bastien Cosson, Untitled [&], acrylic and craft object, 25x19 cm, 2018. Anouchka Oler, The Thing Show: The Ego, with The Dead Thing, Sassy Saucisse, Anxiety and The Thing Show Host, 30 min., 2018. [Artists] Against Ego, curated by Palette Terre, Enterprise Projects. Photo by: Stathis Mamalakis.
Anastasia Pavlou, Scenes from the Tempest no.83, as above, 2018. [Artists] Against Ego, curated by Palette Terre, Enterprise Projects. Photo by: Stathis Mamalakis.
Camille Blatrix, Studio [2013-2015], [Artists] Against Ego, curated by Palette Terre, Enterprise Projects. Photo by: Stathis Mamalakis.
Bastien Cosson, Untitled [&], acrylic and art craft object on canvas, 70x120 cm,2018, [Artists] Against Ego, curated by Palette Terre, Enterprise Projects. Photo by: Stathis Mamalakis.
Bastien Cosson, Untitled [&], as above, 2018, [Artists] Against Ego, curated by Palette Terre, Enterprise Projects, photo by: Stathis Mamalakis.
From left: Bastien Cosson, Untitled [&], as above, 2018. Anastasia Pavlou, Scenes from the Tempest no.70, high flow acrylics, gesso on canvas, 50x70cm, 2018. Anastasia Pavlou, Scenes from the Tempest no.83, as above, 2018. Bastien Cosson, Untitled [&], as above, 2018. [Artists] Against Ego, curated by Palette Terre, Enterprise Projects. Photo by: Stathis Mamalakis.
From left: Bastien Cosson, Untitled [&], as above, 2018. Anastasia Pavlou, Scenes from the Tempest no.70, as above, 2018. [Artists] Against Ego, curated by Palette Terre, Enterprise Project. Photo by: Stathis Mamalakis.
From left: Nefeli Papadimouli, Interval’s voice, as above, 2018. Anastasia Pavlou, Scenes from the Tempest no.70, as above, 2018. [Artists] Against Ego, curated by Palette Terre, Enterprise Projects. Photo by: Stathis Mamalakis.
We Are The Painters, EOZ shirt, ink on fabric, dimensions variable, 2018. [Artists] Against Ego, curated by Palette Terre, Enterprise Projects. Photo by: Stathis Mamalakis.

Info
(ARTISTS) AGAINST EGO
Curated by Palette Terre
29 Sep – 13 Oct 2018
Opening 29 Sep 2018, 20:00

Enterprise Projects
Chalkidonos 56-58, Athens 115 27
Thu - Sat 18:00-21:00

✍ Text by Palette Terre, 2018

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