The Attican sun, roasted corn from vendors beneath the Acropolis, the city’s taxis. That’s yellow to us. What is it for you? For Antonis Pittas, it’s the yellow vest protests in France, back in late 2018.
For his latest work titled, jaune, geel, gelb, yellow, the Greek-born, Amsterdam-based visual artist uses reflective yellow foil to recreate the silhouettes of the protesters, the police and their interactions during the riots of the time. The exhibition will travel to the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Athens and Pittas’ works will be set amid selected drawings by Theo Van Doesburg - the De Stijl (The Style) movement founder who spearheaded avant-garde art during and after WWI.
Is it a comment on the defeat of modernism and our common (mis)belief of progress? Maybe, maybe not. Check into EMST in June for a date with recent social history, an art history class and an Instagram snap (use your camera’s flash to activate the installation, you’re more than encouraged to).