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.

Like a revolution that never ends, as it seeks the unfeasible, in the same away, art although inspired from history, cannot by itself change the course of history. An artistic project cannot by itself change or save the world, but it can definitely give people the opportunity to dream, to hope for a better life, to express their sorrow or happiness.

Kahlil Gibran in his book “The prophet”, when asked whether the feeling of sorrow is more intense than the feeling of happiness, he replied that sorrow and happiness go together, because without sorrow there can be no happiness and without happiness there can be no sorrow.

The artistic work of Tasos Nyfathopoulos is inspired from the cruelty of modern times, but it also reflects a meaning of hope and resurrection. For this reason his artistic work is so intense and real.    



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