Monday, Wednesday-Sunday: 08:00-20:00
With W.H.A.L.E.: Waves Hold A Lasting Echo, Sofia Rozaki presents a new series of works, created especially for the National Archaeological Museum café.
Through a combination of pure iconography as well as abstraction, form, color and prose, the artist creates 13 visual works and a poem, that converse with each other within a timeless, non linear narrative.
The show is inspired by the story of a creature that exists on the edge between myth and scientific observation, the so-called 52Hz whale, whose “song” was first detected in 1989 in the North Pacific Ocean. At 52 Hz, the sound frequency emitted by this whale is significantly higher than that of any other recorded whale species. This whale, which speaks a language no other whale does, has never been seen. It still remains a puzzler for modern oceanographers, whereas there are certain theories that question the seeming uniqueness of its existence.
The artist borrows the name of the marine mammal to form the acronym for the title of this exhibition, W.H.A.L.E.: Waves Hold A Lasting Echo. This pictorial phrase reflects Rozaki's visual world, which is characterized by a slow, subtle, silent and even melancholic disruption of stability.
The exhibits form an organic connection with the poem and are developed around its main character. This charismatically adaptive subject, which could equally be a real being, a figment of one's imagination or an alien creature, is constantly present throughout this series of works in terms of symbolism.
This creature that is capable of constantly changing, adapting and reinventing its appearance, depending on the time and social circumstances, showcases one of the main themes Rozaki has been exploring in her creative process so far, concerning the construction of selfhood and personal narrative. In this case, subjectivity is being deconstructed and reimagined as a discontinuity or a dashed line.
The viewer is only allowed glimpses of this process as it unfolds, creating a raw self-image, instantly captured as a flash, never to be seen again. The concept of selfhood as a solid entity is being challenged and finally replaced by a fragmented version of itself with ever-changing features.
Rozaki’s pop culture references, the bold use of color and comic aesthetic she incorporates in her work, constitute her own distinctive language. Through her aesthetic approach she is able to capture the contemporary zeitgeist, in which the discourse on identity politics meets modern extended experience of socialization.
Sofia Rozaki is a young visual artist who stands out for her idiosyncratic style. She studied at the School of Visual and Applied Arts, Faculty of Fine Arts at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki from 2009 to 2013. She has held two solo exhibitions in Athens (2019) and Santorini (2016) that were both very well received. She has participated in the 3rd Art Thessaloniki International Contemporary Art Fair in 2018. Her work has also been presented on online art platforms in Greece and abroad. She lives and works in Athens. Her visual language is characterized by recurrent forms and motifs that reveal a kind of fixation on her usual themes, such as memory and trauma. These patterns are artfully assigned symbolic dimensions, thus assuming ambiguous meanings open to interpretation. Sofia Rozaki often has a flair for the grotesque and possesses an element of sarcasm, dark humor, and tragedy; at times expressed through the prism of tender, vulnerable honesty and at times captured with cynical cruelty.