Stoa42 is pleased to present Fragile nets a show by Panos Profitis and Despina Charitonidi curated by Eleni Riga.
The exhibition deals with urban ecologies, the fragile networks of relationships and interactions in the center of Athens, taking as a starting point the closed metal grids of stoa 42.
The grid indicates any network of any number of dimensions literally or metaphorically and is often used in physics to describe physical phenomena and their interaction, such as gravity or electromagnetic fields. At the center of the exhibition Fragile Nets, there is the repeated pattern of the grid in an attempt to capture the fragile urban reality. As a starting point, Profitis and Charitonidi, take the exhibition space itself, an old shop of photographic shop which has been operating for 40 years in the center of Athens and closed, like most of the companies at the same walkway, with the change of technology, the transition from analog to digital photography and in parallel the economic crisis. Their in situ intervention is a result of close observation of the transformation of the urban landscape and the study of the psychology of its inhabitants. The networks of people and narratives create fragile urban ecologies, interconnected and interdependent.
The image of the closed metal grids becomes the new stereotypical image of Greece constrasting EOT (Greek National Tourism Organization) advertisements. The metal grids have a dual role: On the one hand, they ensure the protection of private property against the demonstrations, characteristic of the city center and thus the sense of security, comfort and social status. On the other hand, they remind us of the control of patriarchal and capitalist society, policing and constant monitoring with modern technical means. These stores seem to be on hold, waiting for a continuously deferred tomorrow.