Jannis Psychopedis

Jannis Psychopedis, Collection National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens (EMST), installation view, ANTIDORON. The EMST Collection, Fridericianum, Kassel, photo: Mathias Völzke

Seminars is a series of works produced by Jannis Psychopedis in the years 1979 and 1980, reflecting the tendency of critical realism that was developed in Greece in the 1970s as a counter-paradigm of the dogma of “Greekness” (hellenekotita) in art. The series was created as a body of works distinct from the series The Undelivered Letter begun by the artist in 1977 as a form of visual diary during his stay in Berlin. By drawing from a personal archive of disparate images and experiences, and by copying extracts from Karl Marx’s Das Kapital, the artist attempts a critical juxtaposition of opposing aspects which delineate a fragmented visual reality. If, for Psychopedis, the series The Undelivered Letter represents a “non-functional” correspondence, then the Seminars constitute a “non-functional” history lesson on collective imagination, illusions, contradictions, conflicts, and violently ruptured socio-political transformation.

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