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MARIA TSAGKARI

Born in 1981 in Piraeus, Greece. Lives and works in Athens, Greece.

 

From The New Green,

Part Two/The expectation 2016

 

The installation Part Two/The expectation is based on an unfinished novel “Heinrich von Ofterdingen”, by the German philosopher and poet Novalis (1772-1801).  It tells of a young boy who leaves everything behind in pursuit of a small blue flower which mythically embodies the truth and values of the ideal life and pure poetry. Like Mount Analogue, it is a poetical and inner research which works as a motive leading to paradoxical journeys and pursuits, building bridges between fiction and reality.

 

The New Green project is a contemporary myth, based on an older myth from medieval period concerning the establishment of a fictional company called The New Green (TNG), which presents a new global trend in the natural landscape that imposes Blue as The New Green and suggests its replacement. A company that is the first worldwide to discover a formula that converts the green colour found in nature into blue. TNG creates imaginary gardens all around the world, at the most significant monuments and sites, by utilizing the plant-based blue pigment and bringing it back to its natural habitat.

Mainly through its commercial campaign, the company creates a new trend of global change that starts with the conversion of the natural landscape.

 

With posters, brochures, street banners, ads in social media, and with performers in public spaces who bring the message of transformation to the public, allowing the company to identify and cultivate a new need for change. TNG initiates a dialogue with people that is linked to their openness to change, and promises that the acceptance of the “blue landscape” will lead toward the realization of the most unexpected desires and dreams.

 

2017: AQUA, Chateau de Penthes, Geneva; 2016: Coup de Ville, Triennial in Belgium, Belgium; Part Two/The expectation, HYam association, Hydra island, Greece; Remember the present, Le Lait-Center of Contemporary Art, France ; War Party, Royal Military  Museum, Brussels, Belgium ; Erotimatiko, HYam award, Artcurial, Paris, France; 2015: Αntallaxima, Sin, Georgiadis manor House, Lesbos Island, Greece; 2014: A fresh, A new generation of Greek artists, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens, Greece; 2013:  Everywhere but now, 4th Biennale of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, Greece ; Subproducts, Technopolis Gazi, Athens, Greece; 2012: Salon des Artistes Indépendants, Grand Palais de Champs-Élysées, Paris, France.

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 Part Two/The expectation, 2017, photo credits : Kate Motyleva (up) and Maria Tsagkari (middle and down)