From October 21 through November 28, 2021, the B&E Goulandris Foundation will host, in its temporary exhibitions area, an art installation with metal sculptures by acclaimed American filmmaker and artist Andrew Levitas, as part of his multidisciplinary project Minamata.
Focusing on aluminum, a material that is recyclable and can stand the test of time, Andrew Levitas’ seven large metal sculptures highlight the ambiguity, the duality and the contradiction that define man’s relationship with nature and mankind’s technological advancement.
The artist feels the need to create works that respect and worship nature, while always taking human intervention into account. Metal, especially aluminum, prevails in his work as it represents both the progress of mankind and prosperity, as well as the ways in which man destroys nature.
Photography also plays a key part in Levitas’ sculptures, as through his Metalwork Photography®, a method he developed at a young age, he transfers photographs on to the metal sheets that form the surface of his works.
The source of inspiration for the entire project was renowned American photojournalist W. Eugene Smith, specifically his three-year project in the Japanese city of Minamata, where he captured, with his camera, the devastating effects of the industrial pollution caused by the Chisso factory.
The installation is the final part of the Minamata project, which further includes the film Minamata, starring Johnny Depp, Bill Nighy and Minami.
Marie Koutsomallis-Moreau is the curator of the installation.
Basil & Elise Goulandris Foundation
13 Eratosthenous str.
Athens 116 35, Greece