China Xinhua News Agency interviewed Tasos Nyfadopoulos

Xinhua News Agency writes about sculpture “Crisis” made by the sculptor Tasos Nyfadopoulos!

ATHENS, May 30 (Xinhua) — While negotiations between Greece and its creditors are at a critical point, with the country warning it is running out of cash by the end of the month, a new public sculpture in Athens highlights the devastating effect of the crisis on the Greek society and the people.

Situated next to Vouliagmenis Avenue, a few kilometers from the center of Athens, the impressive sculpture with the title of “Crisis”, about 7 meters long and 4 meters high, is a giant stock exchange index that crushes on the ground, broken into pieces. On the top of it, a man is about to fall as the index collapses.

“This work started as a result of the economic and social conditions that we are experiencing in Greece but also abroad and my attempt was to give the opportunity for social expression through art,” Tasos Nyfadopoulos, the 22-year-old self-taught artist, told Xinhua.

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Art and Crisis


By Panagiotis Tangalakis

If we are asked to consider the impact of crisis on art, during difficult periods of human life, such as the current economic recession, we will inevitably be confronted with the inner and substantial nature of art.

Art, which has always been a companionship to humankind, even since ancient times, from the caves of Lasko and Altamira, is differentiated from other human achievements in the following aspect:  In times of prosperity, art blossoms as a seed of luxurious living. On the other hand, in times of crisis, art arises as a basic and inevitable need for human expression, a need to urgently protest and declare, like a flame that violently releases itself.

During this difficult time of crisis, the artistic work of Tasos Nyfadopoulos reflects the need of all of us to revolt against oppression.

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