The Bare Essentials
Studio Luc Derycke
Nine years after his last exhibition in Athens, Christos Bokoros came to the Benaki Museum with the exhibition The Bare Essentials. On boards taken from mountain bridges, he paints the weary and beleaguered together with life’s basic necessities: a little food, water to keep ourselves decent, a shelter, and an open door. The narrowness and length of the works underline the narrowness and length of the path we walk to the opposite shore. The trotted timber recalls the multitude of unknown people who have trodden over it. His paintings, an exercise in self-knowledge, first reflected upon his relationship with his origins and then upon history as we experience it. More recently, he ponders over the idea of measure when it comes to people’s concerns. He reflects upon what is absolutely essential in our lives. On how we might raise ourselves to our full stature, freed from all excess.