South likes: 4th Athens Biennale, AGORA, Athens

Rainer Ganahl, Credit Crunch / Greek Mythology / Medusa Merkel, 2013, Ceramics. Courtesy the artist

Rainer Ganahl, Credit Crunch / Greek Mythology / Medusa Merkel, 2013, Ceramics. Courtesy the artist

South likes: 4th Athens Biennale, AGORA, Athens
Agora
Athens, Greece
29 September – 1 December, 2013

Even after a couple of weeks since the closing of Agora, the 4th Athens Biennale, we, Athenians at least, are still missing this hubbub of encounters and events. The main Biennale venue, the downtown monumental building that formerly hosted the Athens Stock Exchange, fitted just right for the title, Agora, originally meaning a place of encounter and exchange. Yet this historically charged space appeared inviting in a timely way. A diverse, participatory and daily programme of live actions, performances, talks, conferences and concerts was probably the biennial’s biggest success. Something was always going on at the Biennale and we wanted to be there. Not lacking criticality and international appeal, the exhibition also hosted a number of well founded works under a curatorial effort to address the current socio-political condition. At the end of the day, Agora became an apparently much-needed meeting point for inclusive dialogue that, hopefully, we will continue to find in Athens.

Angeliki Roussou

http://athensbiennale.org/en/

 

Amund Sjølie Sveen, Economic Theory for Dummies, 2013. Courtesy the artist

Amund Sjølie Sveen, Economic Theory for Dummies, 2013. Courtesy the artist

Nikolaus Gansterer & Emma Cocker, Thinking Drawing Diagram, 2011. Photo: Nikolaus Gansterer. Courtesy the artist

Abbas Akhavan, Study for a Blue Shield, 2011-2013, Gallery wall painted, cut and displayed on the roof of the exhibition space. Courtesy the artist and The Third Line

Chrysanthi Koumianaki, The Economy is Wounded, 2013, Installation in a display case, digital prints, drawings on paper, collage. Courtesy the artist

 

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