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“Metro: New Trends In Contemporary Greek Art 1999”

Deste Foundation

“Metro,” not “Metropolis” (a title used by curators Christos Joachimides and Norman Rosenthal for a 1991 show in Berlin), was the name Dan Cameron gave to the exhibition he curated for the Deste Foundation. This truncated word was an accurate expression of the concept governing Cameron’s show: the end of the metropolis, or center of the city, as the traditional engine of culture, in the face of globalization, bolstered by digital communication systems that render one’s physical location inconsequential and privilege one’s ability to “connect.”

Cameron chose nine young artists, born between 1962 and 1974, who work in a diverse range of media, although technology could be seen as a common denominator. Their work revolves around a shared group of themes: situations of dislocation; expressions of extreme subjectivity; the hovering threat of destruction of some kind; feelings of insecurity and

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