(ARTISTS) AGAINST EGO
curated by Palette Terre
Camille Blatrix, Bastien Cosson, Anouchka Oler,
Nefeli Papadimouli, Anastasia Pavlou, We Are the Painters
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.”
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?
Palette Terre 2018
Opening: Saturday 29th of September 2018, 20:00
Duration: 29 September – 13 October 2018
Opening hours: Thursday to Saturday 18:00-21:00
Chalkidonos 56-58, 115 27, Ampelokipoi, Athens