* 1964 in Athens, GR, lives and works in Bogota, Colombia
My work for the Berlin Biennale 2016 is the Biennale itself: that's a great show-I believe-- a show "for real" and shows for real should never. So I decide that BB9 should continue forever. I was invited to participate at the Berlin Biennial 2016 but I didn't made it.. I was supposed to meet Solomon Chase and David Toro on July 1st, 2015 in Bogota but at that day I had to catch a flight to Greece and I missed our appointment. We agreed to talk on Skype but once I arrived in Greece I got so excited by what was happening there ( the European Union had start blackmailing Greece and my country-for the first time on its recent history- had the guts to refuse EU's blackmail!) that I forgot everything about BB9. As Marco Roso told me later, they also forgot about me and only a year later, at the eve of the opening of the Berlin Biennial 2016, a friend of mine happen to remind me about the show.
You should have been part of it, its all about your landscape-he said
I am -I said- wait, I am not.. I quickly looked BB9's website and agreed with my friend. I should be part of it..
A few days later, when pictures start streaming all over Instagram I could see clearly that I WAS WRONG.
When a painter makes a painting, there's usually some part of the picture that starts "talking" to him, starts confessing... The painter then becomes the analyst of his subject, with his brush or his Samsung Pen he is "keeping notes".. The subject can be a face, some cables, a Jesus, or just a line–– and at one point (the point when your subject is seriously observed), the subject starts changing. It starts expanding, opening up, becoming "space", becoming "internets".
Miltos MANETAS, Bogotá, 2017
List of works
Website, Pirated material
Painting with Likes, ongoing
short screen-recording videos
Artist's List, 2016
Different artists added on the Artists List of the Berlin Biennial 2016, ongoing
All works Courtesy Miltos Manetas
Commissioned and coproduced by Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art