national highway

“National Highway”
Achilleas Razis’ solo exhibition
Opening day: 21st March 2023, 19:30-21:30
Duration: 21st March – 17th April 2023

Skoufa Gallery presents Achilleas Razis’s solo exhibition titled “National Highway” which opens
on Tuesday 21 st March (19:30-21:30). The exhibition will be available to view until the 17 th April

Achilleas Razis depicts the contemporary Greek landscape in his narrative paintings and
captures the way we experience modern Greece. His exhibition comprises of 19 large
compositions: 14 of them are oil paintings and 5 of them are mixed media on paper. Even
though, each of his paintings is an individual work of art with its own narrative, it belongs to this
series of artworks titled ‘National Highway’ which as a solid body, it reflects the modern Greek
urban, industrial and emotional reality. Behind the depiction of a highway, a gas station, the
highway tolls or a block of flats, one can decipher how chaotic and out of focus modern life can

As Yannis Palavos, writes in the catalogue that accompanies the exhibition:

“The nineteen works in this collection record, almost in the manner – to borrow
the terminology of a different art – of a private documentary or a film that we might
awkwardly call a “cinematic essay” (not intellectual, though, but light and tender), the
modern Greek “here and now”; they seek and capture the new Romiosyni, the Greek
nation, as – in the words of poet Yannis Ritsos – it rises and flourishes like the
oleanders adorning the national motorway. It is interesting that the Greekness of Razis
is not related to the Greekness of the Thirties Generation, either as a demand or as a
method, although Razis not only refrains from parricidally discrediting it but, on the
contrary, acknowledges his debt to the representational arm of intewar Greek
modernism. If, however, the Greekness of the interwar period was sought in the
Neoclassical buildings of Athens, in the Cyclades and in a sweepingly idealised and
“unadulterated” folk culture, the modern Greekness that is set out around the highway
is, as we see in these works, quite different”.