Brooklyn, New York.- Artist, Triada Samaras presented her photographic series: “The State of Greece: Ενοικιαζεται -Πωλειται / For Rent-For Sale” at Nancy Dryfoos Gallery, Kean University, Union, New Jersey, from March 4-March 31, 2015.
This exhibition of eleven medium-sized, color photographs highlights the economic malaise in Greece that Triada Samaras, an interdisciplinary artist based in Brooklyn, New York, encountered in Athens, Greece when she was visiting her family there.
Samaras’ photographic series: The State of Greece: Enoikiazetai-Poleitai/For Rent-For Sale explores the question: What is the state of Greece today? Samaras states, “In a multitude of subtle and obvious ways, Greek economic austerity, as a theme, triumphs the Greek visual landscape in this moment. The words: ΕΝΟΙΚΙΑΖΕΤΑΙ – ΠΩΛΕΙΤΑΙ: FOR RENT – FOR SALE dominate the streets, structures and spaces of Greece, repeating themselves ad nauseam along blocks of once occupied homes and shops, spelling out the current, disastrous Greek state of affairs.”
The artist wandered along the streets of central Athens, to capture these images and state of affairs in Greece. Syntagma Square, Stadiou Str, Hermou Str between Syntagma, and Omonia Squares, Monasteraki and Omonia Squares, and the neighborhoods of Pagkrati and Ilissia are all featured. Samaras describes these routes and areas since anyone familiar with Athens will know they are neither the poor areas, nor the off the beaten track ones, but rather they constitute the central, well traveled, and once affluent streets of former Athens.
Today, however, things look very different. Images of locked gates, desolate store windows, and graffiti appear often in her photographs, as do images of the artist herself, often as a reflection or a shadow of herself. Art critic Susan Handler wrote about the work, “Utilizing the language of visual symbolism and the written word, the viewer can read in her photographs the toxic plague that is thriving and destroying the country.”
Samaras states, “It is my sincere hope that these photographs might provoke the viewer to ask questions and to seek creative solutions.” To this end, she will be donating some of the proceeds of her exhibition to Greece.
The State of Greece: Enoikiazetai/Poleita-For Rent/For Sale was first a digital and socially engaged art project at Vital Space/Nature and Humanity, co-created by the economist and recently elected Greek finance minister, Yanis Varoufakis, and installation artist, Danae Stratou. It can still be found there at http://www.vitalspace.org/art-projects
About the Artist
Triada Samaras is a Greek-American artist born in New England with family members on both sides of the Atlantic. Samaras has lived and worked in Brooklyn, New York for many years. She has created art works in a wide variety of media including painting, sculpture, drawing, street art, public art, photography, texts, poetry, essays and social media. As an interdisciplinary and socially engaged artist, Samaras’ work often grapples with contentious environmental, geographic, economic and social issues in both New York City and in Greece.
Her artwork has been featured in numerous national and international art exhibitions and venues including: Vital Space/Nature and Humanity, Brooklyn Historical Society; Brooklyn Old Stone House; Kentler International Drawing Center, Brooklyn; A.I.R Gallery, Brooklyn; AthensArt International Art Festivals: Odessa/Ukraine, Alexandria/Egypt, and Vienna/Austria; Macy Gallery, Columbia University, New York; Millbank Chapel, Columbia University, New York; Nancy Dryfoos Gallery, Kean University; James Howe Gallery, Kean University; Empire Fulton Ferry State Park, Brooklyn; Governors Island, New York; Long Island Univeristy, Brooklyn; Goddard College, Plainfield, Vermont; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Samaras’ poems, texts and art activist projects have been highlighted in numerous publications and venues including: Gowanus Lounge, Brooklyn; Vital Space/Nature and Humanity; Erato; Inter-view Bulletin, Columbia University; Carroll Gardens Coalition for Respectful Development Blog, Brooklyn; Athens Journal of Social Sciences, Athens, Greece; Palmografos, Greece; Hellenic Voice, Boston; Goddard College, Plainfield, Vermont; The Brooklyn Paper; BCAT/Brooklyn Cable Access Television; Brooklyn Cable News12; Crains NY; MetroNY; Only The Blog Knows Brooklyn; Pardon Me for Asking Blog; Gotham Gazette; New York Post; Brooklyn Daily; Brooklyn Eagle; Brooklyn Courier Life; Daily Gotham, Sierra Club NYC Sierran; Brownstoner; Curbed; the Brooklyn Daily; Brooklyn Heights Blog; Time Out NY; Brooklyn the Borough; the Haverhill Gazette, Haverhill, Massachusetts.
Triada Samaras is Adjunct Professor of Art at Kean University and Adjunct Professor of Art and Art Education at William Paterson University.
Triada Samaras will contribute a percentage of her profits form the project The State of Greece: Enoikiazaetai/Poleita-For Rent/For Sale to programs that help provide art instruction to grade school students in Greece.