The exhibition was inspired by the book written by the American sociologist Richard Sennett The fall of public man / The tyranny of intimacy (published by Nefeli). Prophetic when it was first released in 1977 and now relevant today because of the pandemic we got through – guided the 61st Thessaloniki International Film Festival to compose the official competition program. Meanwhile, the Festival commisioned 12 Greek visual artists to watch and comment in any way they wanted, on a film from the film festival which are inspired by the book.
The exhibition, curated by Orestis Andreadakis, was supposed to be presented at the Experimental Arts Center of the Metropolitan Organisation of Museums of Visual Arts (MoMus) of Thessaloniki in November 2020. The second lockdown, however, forced the Festival to present the films online and keep the original works in storage, while 130 reproductions of them were hung on the walls, columns and lampposts all over the city, reinforcing the promise of a public art which (may or should) resist the tyrannical intimacy of which Senet spoke about.
The difficult months of lockdown that followed, forced us to redefine our new habits and the functioning in the public sphere.
Now, on the verge of the pandemic social and political effects, the Thessaloniki International Film Festival presents the exhibition “Intimacy: A Contemporary Tyranny” at The Project Gallery. We try to see with in a different way the connection of images – moving or static and let the 12 works open a new dialogue for an overall experience of creating, viewing, and participating in everything public.