Bill Balaskas Past, present and future stand as equals in the flow of time, Dimitra Kehagia, MATAROA
This artist explores contemporary political issues and their intrinsic links to the visual culture of globalization. Bill Balaskas’s journey began with studies in economics, which informed his early sociopolitical works, created after the global financial crisis of 2008.
In recent years, his work has focused both on the cultural roots of political and economic struggles as well as on the existential threats faced by humanity today – such as climate change, the re-emergence of the possibility of a world war, and the dangers posed by the misuse of new technologies. He wishes that in the future we will “not need visual artworks to remind us of past disasters, their causes and consequences.”
Yet, his love of art and resolve to follow this path predates his foray into economics. “All my studies, like all my experiences at the end of the day, are resources in the same direction,” he explains. The artist, author and academic doesn’t view these qualities in isolation but rather, in tandem. Just like he cannot separate his financial education from his art education. “In every period of my life, there are different balances created, with their own joys and challenges.”
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