All my art works presented at the 4th Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art are based on a series of international newspaper covers that I have been collecting over the last three years; all those newspaper covers had as their main article the economic crisis in Greece. These artworks juxtapose the transformation that my home country has been going through in the last few years with the symbolic transformation in the alchemical work during which the undeveloped consciousness (lead) transforms into a fully developed consciousness (gold). Life is a “purification” process in which we, as modern alchemists, are daily trying to elevate our “impure” self to the level where it can reunite with our “Divine” essence. The gold used in these artworks is a reminder of that process, a reminder of that ultimate goal.
Panos Tsagaris, June 2013
b. 1979, Athens, Greece
Lives and works in New York. Tsagaris received his BFA from the Emily Carr Institute of Art & Design in Vancouver, Canada. Through his work Tsagaris aims to express the emanation of the “divine” as it is reflected through the beauty and poetry of the everyday, in order to bring himself and the viewer closer to a state of catharsis. Ultimately, Tsagaris’ work selflessly captures and reflects the divine spark that exists in the human soul. He has exhibited extensively in Miami, New York, Vancouver, Athens, Berlin, Milan, Paris and Hong Kong. Recent solo show: Clothed with the Sun, Kalfayan Galleries, Athens (2012). Recent group shows and performances include, among others: Picatrix: Davide Balliano & Panos Tsagaris, Galerie Michel Rein, Paris (2013) • THE GARDEN OF EDEN – EVIL – Near-Far, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2012) • Gold, Imperial Belvedere Palace Museum, Vienna (2012) • The Quality of Presence, Chelsea Hotel, New York (2012) • OU.UN.PO. Symposium, archaeological site of Elefsina, Greece (2011) • The West at Sunset, Abrons Arts Center, New York (2010) • 2nd Thessaloniki Biennale – Performance Festival (Panos Tsagaris: Drawings and Performance titled: The Mystic Death of the Kiss) (2009). Panos Tsagaris is represented by Kalfayan Galleries, Athens – Thessaloniki.