Private View | Friday 6th October 6pm
Exhibition Dates | Saturday 7th October- Saturday 30th December 2017
Opening times | Mon-Sat 12-8pm | Closed Sunday
The Alexandria Library | 247 Wilmslow Road | Manchester | M14 5LW
“Maps are not just a way of finding a physical place, but also a way of documenting an emotional journey”
“In 2016, I started drawing elements of the history of Crete in my Leicester studio on an archetypal face and found that I was creating something quite unexpected. A few weeks later whilst in Crete, I started to draw a narrative image of a place that was a compilation of old neighbourhoods, and I remember feeling both ‘lost and found’ in this composite, remembered landscape. I had clearly kept these significant places in my memory from long ago, the words, feelings and places belonging to someone else, written and stored in another language by my childhood self.”
‘PERSONAL MAPS’ is a body of drawings, which were specifically designed to be interpreted as screen printed works. The majority of the work in this exhibition was completed in 2016. The prints explore Sfougaras’ perception of personal, family and national history. His own background has allowed him to access diverse cultural environments, ideas, aspirations, and struggles. Most recently, his artwork attempts to capture the tensions and ideas that define who we are, others' perceptions of us, and our subjective political contexts. Cultural Geography and History are significant sources of inspiration in his work and he is exploring this further with his series entitled the ‘Lazarus Project’. The title derives from software that enables one to reconstruct the DNA of lost or deceased relatives. Two of the works from that series are also included in the exhibition.
Sfougaras was born in Crete and moved to England in his early teens. His grandparents were ethnic Greeks born in Turkey. They were caught up in the population exchange between Greece and Turkey involved approximately 2 million people (around 1.2 million Greeks and 400,000 Muslims in Greece), most of whom were forcibly made refugees and denaturalized from their homelands.
He taught art and later became a Head Teacher before dedicating his time to making art full time in 2015. Sfougaras studied Fine Art at Nottingham Trent University where he specialized in painting and printing. He is based in Leicester, where he’s a member of Leicester Print Workshop and the Leicester Society of Artists.
Sfougaras is the founder and curator of “Focus on Identity” a collaborative research and networking group, exploring how artists acquire, process and disseminate their cultural inheritance. See http://www.blurb.co.uk/b/8029086-identity-magazine
For more information: www.georgesfougaras.com
All images ©George Sfougaras 2017. All rights reserved.