Do You Cry Often? at ARTWALL Project Space
Do you cry often?
Kostas Bassanos – Stefano W. Pasquini
Do you cry often? Is written on a badly sewn flag Stefano W. Pasquini made in 1995, when he was living in London as a struggling artist in the midst of the YBA revolution. Little did he know he was witnessing a sort of art revolution that would change the course of the art scene in the UK. While he was sewing this flag – the first of a series that accompanied him throughout his career – his colleague and friend Kostas Bassanos came to visit, and since he wasn’t new to sewing (many of his artworks at that time made use of sewn fabric) he helped him out in the process. Twenty-two years later Pasquini and Bassanos (who both studied at the Academy of Fine Arts of Bologna, Italy, in the late 80’s) are collaborating on an exhibition project that lays its foundation on Do you cry often?, assuming, 22 years later, that you – the spectator – cry, every once in a while. Pasquini explores the act of crying on a superficial level by taking under scrutiny the subtle implications around our behavior on social networks, with flag-like prints made out of screenshots from Periscope and Instagram related collages, while Bassanos with an in-situ installation questions the precarious physicality of such textual emotional statements related to the sedimentary imagery that social networks project as self-indulgent memories.
Kostas Bassanos was born in Greece. He studied Sculpture at Accademia Clementina in Bologna (Italy) and MA Sculpture at Winchester School of Art (GB). He holds a PhD from University of Southampton (GB) and he teaches Sculpture at The School of Fine Arts of the University of Ioannina (GR). He lives and works in Athens. Recent exhibitions (selection): The Garden Sees, Megaron, Athens, Back to Basics: Text, ENIA Gallery, Peireaus, Epigramma, Nitra Gallery, Athens, 2016: (Im)material Gestures, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Torino, Ιταλία, Still (the) Barbarians, Eva International Irish Biennial, Limerick, Ireland, Overseas, ACG Gallery, Athens, Tender is the Night, CAN Gallery, Athens, 2015: Prophetia, Fundacio Joan Miro, Barcelona, Spain, Phenomenon, Anafi, Greece, 2014: Pre-Text, Ileana Tounta Contemporary Art Centre, Athens, 2013: Mehr als schein / Shining through, Zone D, Athens, Silence, Ileana Tounta Contemporary Art Centre, Athens, Monodrome, 3rd Athens Biennial, Athens.
Artist, curator and writer, Stefano W. Pasquini (b. 1969, Bologna, Italy) has exhibited in prestigious venues such as, among many others, the ICA and the National Portrait Gallery in London, Art in General (New York), MAMbo (Bologna), Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art (Staten Island, NY) and MACRO (Rome). He published over 500 articles on contemporary art for magazines such as New York Arts, Collezioni Edge, Sport & Street, Luxos and many more. He authored the books Accidental // Coincidental (Newhouse, New York, 2008), Incorporeo (with Maria Teresa Roberto), Albertina Press, Turin, 2015, ELIA – ARTISTA, Apogeo, Adria, 2016, I margini del conflitto (with Simeone Crispino and Maria Teresa Roberto), Albertina Press, Turin, 2017.
From 2013 to 2016 he was head curator of Studio Cloud 4 gallery in Bologna. He is editor of the magazine Obsolete Shit, and conducts Coxo Spaziale together with Fedra Boscaro, a programme on art and theatre on Radio Città Fujiko. He teaches “Special Graphic Techniques” at the Albertina Academy of Fine Arts of Turin. His artwork is available from Enrico Astuni, Bologna, L’Arte,Molinella, and Melepere, Verona.
Do you cry often?
Kostas Bassanos, Stefano W. Pasquini
Opening: Tuesday September 5, 20:00
Duration: September 5 – 30, 2017
Visiting hours: Thursday, Friday 17:00 – 21:00, Saturday 13:00 – 16:00
and by appointment
ARTWALL Project Space
26 Sofokleous Str., 10552, Athens, Greece