After a one-year delay due to pandemic, it opens from 32 September for the public, the Athens Biennale ECILPSE (Eclipse), observing the health protocols for visitors and employees. and a fifteen-year period. and at the Schliemann-Mela Palace.
In total, 32). 000 sq.m. are transformed into a space of cultural ferment with the representation of artists living on the fringes of the state, vigorously claiming equal opportunities in society and cultural dialogue, as it is shaped internationally.
Participating 80 rising and acclaimed artists from North and South America, the Caribbean, Africa and Europe and new productions and premieres.
The 7th Biennale is curated by the American, originally from Ghana, Larry Osey-Mensa and the Omsk Social Club under the artistic direction of the director of the Biennale Poka-Yio, who has joined the creative team of the Onassis Foundation.
The strategic partner of the 7th event is the Roof of the Onassis Foundation.
A well-known spectator of the Athens Biennale, since the first years of the event, the Deputy Minister in charge of Contemporary Culture, Nikolas Giatroman olakis, gave according to APE, the “present” in the press conference of the 7th Biennale.
” The approach of this year's Biennale with many artists from different places, essentially gives a character to Athens that we know it has “ said N. Giatromanolakis.
“Although a European city, Athens does not have the burden of the colonialism of the past and this gives it a freedom to discuss such issues. Also, although Mediterranean, it does not have the stigma of Orientalism, which also gives it an opportunity for discussion. Without being a white canvas, I believe that this city gives space and time to form new discussions and new narratives. This year the Eclipse does that. ”
“Questions and questions about how we define the artist and the status of the artist, is a big debate that is developing in Europe, it is not a philosophical question. It has to do with the working regime, with the conditions in which the artistic production takes place nowadays “ he continued.
“The support of the Ministry of Culture at the Biennale is not accidental” he added.
“The empowerment of the industry in this new environment that is being formed and concerns, not only how the people of the industry will survive, but also how they will be able to develop and maximize the possibilities and of course a new narrative for the Greek modern culture, is for the Ministry of Culture, part of this strategy and vision “.
“We all in the municipality of Athens, have great joy and enthusiasm that we finally meet again” said welcoming the opening of the Biennale, the mayor of Athens, Costas Bakogiannis.
“And this 'outside' that we have achieved, with full awareness of the need to observe all sanitary measures and protocols is something we have been waiting for a very long time “.
This is as he said « for an opportunity for the city to be re-established, not only with the outside world, but also with ourselves, with our inside. We often hear that Athens is the new Berlin “, he continued.
“Athens is not the new Berlin, Athens is the new Athens. And she is just as proud of her ancient greatness, her ancient cleos, as she is proud of her modern, dynamic self. It is a metropolis, a gateway to globalization. It is absolutely clear that this is the moment of Athens.
As was the case in Lisbon ten years ago, Berlin twenty years ago or Barcelona thirty years ago. This is the decade of Athens and you are all an integral part of this Athens “ said Mr. Bakoyannis.
For Aphrodite Panagiotakou, Director of Culture of the Onassis Foundation, “we are called at this time to give an image of Athens that must be democratic, open to accept and, mainly, to recognize the presence of people who are currently invisible.
With actions such as its ECLIPSE Athens Biennale “, said Mrs. Panagiotakou ” we want to give a condensed picture of the world we live in, for to realize where we are.
To annoy as a “Socratic fly »Those who want in every way to maintain the security of neutrality. And to say that in the end, to pay a thousand times the cost of freedom despite the cost of security “.
The soul of the Athens Biennale, Poka-Yio, “grew up” artistically in his decade '90, a time when as he remembers “independent curators, artists, people in key positions, the authorities, brought a defeatism that our cultural product is inferior and does not matter, is not related to the center of Europe “.
From his experience, the first Biennales they broke this stereotype. In the meantime, many artists have moved to Athens, something invites them here.
“The Biennale is a laboratory of thought and ideas, as he said and “many come here to find an answer to the questions that now plague the whole West.
On the contrary, the influx of refugees and immigrants, who have not yet settled in Athens and Greece in the way they deserve, people who are in danger of being here and live on the margins, outcasts, bring their own culture, but we have not yet accepted them.
These marginal voices are emerging at the Biennale with the help of the co-curators “
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