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Christos Marmeris Lives and works in Athens, Greece

An artist's statement

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y whole work as an artist, tends to be anthropocentric. I find human nature astonishingly intriguing. Humanity’s intellect is both its

greatest weapon and its worst enemy, at the same time. Humans are struggling every day, every minute, by creations of their logic, originally constructed to protect them or make things more functional. Trapped under the veil of ethics and morality, or wavering in the seesaw of will and must, humans suffocate under the burden of their choice. We all forget the meaning of our lives and act as we are the right ones. I love to explore those thin lines that define the balances between notions and play games with them. This way I aspire to get someone triggered. To make him think on the subject. To set my question. Part of my beliefs is that provided answers are almost useless; the questions are the way to go further, to evolve as human or as consciousness. The answer is relevant to the person who asks. Every individual has to find his own answers, the ones that suits him, but first he has to wonder on the subject. This is my job. To make my question, your question. To sit someone in the seat where he can see his own answer! The “Artist Warning” project is dealing with the notions of morality and freedom in relation to

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money. What is freedom? Does money provides freedom? How can someone be free? Is this moral or not? Does it matter or not? The “On human rights” short film tries to set similar questions in relation to morality and right of living. Do I have a choice? Is it fair? Do I have to? Do I want to? What if I don’t? Am I to blame? Who is going to blame me and why? The “Identity crisis” work, tries to set the very basic question; who am I? Does it matter to me? Does it matter to you? What matters? My nationality? My religion? My sex? My age? My appearance? Why does any of these information matter? I use intellect not to attack on intellect but to redefine it. The way we use our intellect defines us. Defines who we are, what we want and how we act. I am actually not sure if the redefinition can ever be completed, but even if it is not possible, it is worth to try for and we undoubtedly owe the procedure to ourselves. After all, as C.P.Cavafy had said, “The journey is the enjoyment”.

Christos Marmeris

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