NO CHURCH IN THE WILD
Among others, the post-crisis generation of artists had to face the irreversible destabilization of established national and collective narratives that have long been central to artistic production either as a point of praise or as a point of opposition. In the face of social degradation and utter powerlessness that came as the aftereffects of the meltdown, personal relationships between artists have played a pivotal role not only in the formation of their artistic production but mostly in surviving and providing them with a haven from which they can keep on pursuing their artistic path. Miltos Digkas and Vasilis Georgoulas’ collaboration was the inevitable outgrowth of sharing both a studio and a common perception regarding artistic and social influences. As their connection was forged by the trying circumstances, they have opted for relating an allegoric tale that focuses on the exploration of the gaping chasm among spirituality, futility, and meaninglessness. A narrative that imposes a series of questions regarding the social, cultural, and affective manifestations of youth in the post-crisis era. A non-linear story that directly challenges the concept of narrativity per se since what is conveyed cannot be distinguished from the aesthetic way it is conveyed. At the twilight of the aesthetics and stylistics of the past, Digkas and Georgoulas’ work is ignited an exploration of new and radical modes of visual expression borrowed not only from the postmodern aesthetics but also from the traditions of post-renaissance European art and cultural expressions of contemporary Greek reality.
Vasilis Georgoulas (b. 1996, Grevena) lives and works in Thessaloniki, Greece. He obtained his degree in Painting from the Academy of Fine Arts of Thessaloniki in 2020, having followed both the 1st and the 2nd Painting studios. His artistic research predominantly concentrates on painting that also incorporates text.
Miltos Digkas (b. 1993, Thessaloniki) lives and works in Thessaloniki, Greece. He graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts of Thessaloniki in 2018. His work mainly focuses on sculpture and installations following an internal quest that studies the primordial nature of humans.