“Art liberates and redeems. It is the refuge of man “| Interview with the musician Fotini Bakadima

World Art Day was established in 2012 by the International Art Organization (IAA), with the proclamation of Guadalajara. Since then, it has been celebrated every year on April 15, the birthday of Leonardo da Vinci. The iconic Renaissance artist was chosen as a symbol of world peace, freedom of expression, tolerance, fellowship and multiculturalism.

Due to the day, we spoke with the musician and MP of MERA25 Fotini Bakadima, about Art, who defines it, its role and its importance for modern man.

Ms. Bakadima has a BA in Music from Deree College, studies in Monody, piano and advanced theory.


1. What is Art for you and who ultimately decides if something is Art or not?

If we look for the etymology of the word we will see that it is directly related to “technique” for this and in antiquity it was used to describe seemingly different disciplines such as poetry, painting or music. The goal of any kind of Art is to give a voice and to capture with its own means each kind of the universe of human worries, whether real or imaginary, through the use of symbols or allegories. At the same time, it is often used as a definition to describe how various rules or techniques are developed and applied to the senses, such as the art of cooking, and is sometimes used to demonstrate an individual’s ability within a field. Personally, I believe that Art is a mixture of nuances, stimuli and attempts at expression, which each person interprets and approaches completely differently. At the same time, as a way of expression precisely because of this particularity and the freedom it gives to the acting subject, it can take a unique form. One can express and identify more with the theater, another with music and another with cooking. Without a doubt, Art is a mantle that touches and encloses every aspect of our lives, a veil of creation and expression both diverse and individualized, which is why, in the end, each individual is the one who will come to what Art is.

2. What role does Art play in our lives and how can it help modern man?

I believe that Art plays a key role in our lives precisely because of its diversity. At the same time, apart from individual and supreme need, it is also a social phenomenon, a separate activity of social life, with the direct purpose of creating as well as approaching the “beautiful”. It emanates but is clearly not limited to a deeper need of the individual to know better himself, the surrounding world and the people of his time as well as older, since the creations of Art have an eternal existence that knows no space or time borders and restrictions. At the same time, Art is the way of each artist to capture and take a stand against the events and conditions of his time. In this light, it helps not only the contemporary citizens of Art creations but also the next generations to seek, approach and understand the conditions and reality of a period and a society.

3. Societies are changing rapidly around us, and so is art. So we see technology gradually changing Art and the ways it is expressed in its respective form. How do you see this change?

Indeed, societies are changing rapidly and this change could not leave Art unaffected. Moreover, we see components of this development, such as the rapid technological development to change Art and the means of expression of all its forms, modernizing in some way these means, being, at the same time, a springboard and generative cell of new forms and types of Art. We have, for example, electronic music, cinematic effects that filmmakers of earlier times could not have imagined, web tours in exhibitions, etc. and a series of developments of our time that change every way of expression of Art. I believe that the use of technological developments can help not only in the development of new media and ways of expression by renewing the Art of the modern era but also in the way of approaching older impressions of it, as long as technology is not abused to the extent of altering its subject and object. Art.

4. They say that expression is one of the most “healing” tools we can offer to our soul. Can Art be a “refuge” for man?

I firmly agree with the view of many, such as Arthur Schopenhauer, that art in all its forms and manifestations is redemption of the soul from the pain and anxiety of Existence itself. Within this context it is clear that it can not only be a “refuge” but also have a therapeutic effect on humans. Art liberates and redeems, which is why it is used in this capacity voluntarily or involuntarily. Through it the individual is elevated morally and benefits aesthetically through contact with creations that highlight the power of the human soul to produce and shape intangible thoughts and feelings. The praise of beauty, the emergence of human moments and situations, the expression of innate thoughts is a medicine for the human soul. Art as liberation, expression, love and life gives the person the strength to continue, to escape from the problems of his daily life, to delight the soul but also to travel. Therefore, it is not only a “refuge” for man but the cohesive essence of his very existence


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