Project Room and Mezzanine
11/06/2009 – 06/09/2009
Curated By: Stamatis Schizakis
The National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens, presents the first solo exhibition of George Drivas titled (un-)documented realized from the 12th of June until the 6th of September 2009. The exhibition is part of EMST’s policy for the support and promotion of young creators. The exhibition presents for the first time the trilogy Social Software (2005-2009) which includes the works Beta Test, (2005), Case Study (2007-2008) and Development Plan (2009), the work Closed Circuit (2005) and most importantly the new work titled Empirical Data (2009) co-produced by EMST.
George Drivas, one of the most important Greek artists of the younger generation, creates narrative videos that consist of black and white digital photos, intertitled text, music and sound. The result, a hybrid work, combines written text together with cinematic and photographic characteristics. His aesthetic brings to mind classical cinematography, with strong references to modern architecture and an “aesthetic of surveillance” since most of his photographs appear as if have been shot from the viewpoint of a hidden observer. With photographic technical mastery and an objective, almost scientific language, Drivas narrates stories that touch upon the subjects of alienation, social integration, the promise and the disappointment from interpersonal relations in a society of surveillance.
George Drivas was born in Athens in 1969. He graduated in 1994 from the National & Kapodistrian University of Athens with a degree at Political Science and in 1998 with a Masters Degree in Film and Media Studies from Freie Universitat in Berlin. He has participated in the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens , exhibitions Transexperiences Greece 2008 in Beijing and In Present Tense, Young Greek Artists. He has participated and awarded in a number of international festivals, such as the VII Media Art Forum, XXVII Moscow International Film Festival (MIFF) (2nd Prize), the 1st Zebra International Poetry Film Festival in Berlin (2nd Prize) and at New York EXPO, New York exposition of film and video shorts (Jury Award for Experimental Short Film). He lives and works in Athens and Berlin.
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Photo: Empirical Data, 2009