On Thursday, September the 30th, 2021, ROMA GALLERY presents the solo exhibition of Giorgos Tsakiris titled “The Sound of Woodworm” curated by Denys Zacharopoulos. The exhibition includes the main project of G. Tsakiris which is entitled “SARAKI”(WOODWORM) (1990-2004) , as well as retrospective work from the period of 1973 until today. His work is directly connected with Nature and Ecology. Using organic matter, he synthesizes visual propositions, which are the result of an obsessive observation of physical phenomena and nature. This way, he draws our gaze to phenomena and concepts that our society would otherwise take for granted, or ignore and disregard. Giorgos Tsakiris’s work titled: “Saraki”, 1990-2004, is one of the central pieces of this exhibition. It invites the viewer to use not only their vision, but their hearing and touch as well. Some of his works are also about smell and taste. They allow people to witness phenomena which analyze the relationship between life and death, same as between woodworms and wood. Giorgos Tsakiris is an artist who honours his generation. With his work and stance, he is keeping his distance from the social and moral degradation, which our modern society has imposed, in a society of overproduction. This makes him a rather important artist.
Giorgos Tsakiris is an exceptional figure in the landscape of modern Greek art and especially in the boldest expressions which were being developed from the period of 1970 onwards. He has participated in more than sixteen solo exhibitions in Greece and Italy while he has also won the Santa Croce Special Painting Prize in Florence in 1987 and 1982, as well as the First Villamania Engraving Prize in 1981. His work is exhibited in the Vorre Museum, in public and private collections in Greece, Italy, Germany, France and America. The first years around 1980 mark the final transition of G. Tsakiris to three-dimensional constructions. Most of them have a totemic form and their placement in the space creates the feeling of an art that is closer to the ritual. While in the 1990s, living organisms are presented in front of viewers, in artificial ecosystems created by G. Tsakiris. At this time the art is not transferred to the countryside, but the natural functions are installed in the exhibition space.