Pantelis Souranis is one of the few and remarkable marble sculptors in Greece nowadays. His sculptures are not only aesthetically exceptional but also have a great sense of the Greek (pre) history.  In a few words we are talking about a great personality, a young man whose sculptures combine whatever we have inherited from our past with the most modern changes and needs of our times, in a unique way.
He successfully “marries” the most contradictory elements,  his sculptures impressed us exactly because they are part of the eternal universe game of the dialectical synthesis of things , something that could only exist in God’s mind. We talked with Mr Souranis about his work but we also talked about broad issues that the Greeks are concerned about nowadays.
The collection is composed of four art works , each of which represents situations that we have been living for the last 30 years. Anything that has influenced us,  that has destroyed us as humans, that has made us lose our human nature and our civilization as Greeks.
Marble is surely the most difficult material for someone to work and express himself. Unfortunately marble sculpture is nowadays  a rare  profession. The fact that marble sculpture is an optional lesson in the School of  fine arts in Athens, is sad. In addition the last few years there isn’t even a tutor for this lesson and as a result it doesn’t even exist anymore. We,  Greeks demonstrate our marble sculptures more than anything else and we don’t even know who has created them! We cannot conceive how important this art is.
People visit Acropolis and other attractions and admire the marbles but they don’t realize that they are handmade. It is essential for any viewer to know how difficult it is to carve and shape marble into its final form. It also needs much more time than any other work of art .
Mr Souranis talked to us about his exhibition.
“ The sculptures of this specific exhibition are in the order that they were created. The first sculpture is called <Greece after Metapolitefsis>
 (after the fall of the Greek military junta). It is a tortoisethat unfortunately walks downwards  a log , something that shows that the Greeks have changed dramatically during that period. We’ve lost our civilization and our culture.
The second work is called “Restraint liberty” shows that even though we are free people that have fought to keep our freedom we are now in a situation unable to go forward.
The third work is called “Restrained anger”. I  believe  that it shows the Greeks’ violent anger who realize what happens to their country and feel like being sat in a wheelchair, unable to move, unable to do anything but a gesture or a cry which  indicates that this time they are unable to react, something that I also feel.
Finally the forth sculpture is called “Censorship – 21st century”.
I feel that in this century we have been manipulated by the media and we’ve lost our civilization. We started to like worthless, fake things that need no effort to be produced. In a few words, as my art work shows, we are not free to express ourselves. We cannot speak out the words that Voltairos have said “I do not agree with what you have to say but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it.”  Unfortunately  this saying does not suit this century. I think that instead of going forward we are going backwards.

Art is the top of any civilization. It is the element which, by being the core of every cultural reality , defines the level of creativity and giving to the humanity. Something that exists for many years and shows that we are in different spiritual situations, from time to time. The ”shortage” of new ideas and the lack of creativity during the last few years (compared with) our past has led many of us to make pessimistic predictions about the future of this country. Despite all these inauspicious perceptions there are still young artists in Greece who are not only occupied in the arts field but also offer modern creations, which broaden our culture.
One of them is our beloved marble sculptor Pantelis Souranis, whose interview was published recently. In this interview he expresses his opinion not only in art issues but also in broad social issues.

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