‘Nostalgia Nervosa’, 2013

Outset Greece supported the group exhibition Nostalgia Nervosa by State of Concept, curated by Iliana Fokianaki, on view at ReMap 4 in Athens until 30th September 2013.

Presenting the works of Greek and international artists Nostalgia Nervosa aims to examine an ongoing vintage trend, a form of nostalgia that appears to be an interesting sociological phenomenon. Presently, a younger generation seems to be less interested in the current events of the day, preferring to worship film stars, musicians and writers from previous decades, adopting their lifestyle and outward appearance and taking on their values.

Whereas the notion of nostalgia can be described as sentimentality for the past – typically for a period with happy personal associations – this new nostalgia is the conscious construction of a retrospective present that is not based on an individuals’ memories but rather on external experiences and history.

Nostalgia Nervosa explores the reasons for that interest in, sometime obsession with, the good old days. Is it to be seen as an idealistic approach to previous times, an ironic statement, a vehicle to express discontent with the present, or simply a symptom of postmodernity?

The artists presented are Filipa Cesar, Basim Magdy, Taus Makhacheva, Panos Papadopoulos, Poka-Yio, Anahita Razmi, Panos Tsagaris and Dimitra Vamiali.