AΝΤΙ presents a distinct, idiosyncratic and uneasy screenshot of our political, social and cultural momentum. Participating artists include: Spyros Aggelopoulos*, Monira Al Qadiri, Loukia Alavanou, Korakrit Arunanondchai & Alex Gvojic, Ivana Bašić, Tianzhuo Chen, Chim Pom, Sarawut Chutiwongpeti*, Brody Condon*, Celia Daskopoulou, , Cao Fei, Ed Fornieles*, Angelos Frentzos, Sarah Friend, Front Deutscher Äpfel, Dorota Gawęda & Eglė Kulbokaitė, Eva Giannakopoulou, Gigas, Joey Holder, Carsten Höller, Callum Leo Hughes*, Actually Huizenga (of Patriarchy), Rachel Maclean, Basim Magdy, Miltos Manetas, Narcissister, New Models, Pinar Öğrenci, Marisa Olson, Uģis Olte & Morten Traavik, Omsk Social Club*, Yuri Pattison*, Heather Phillipson, Signe Pierce*, AnnaMaria Pinaka*, Wong Ping, Michail Pirgelis, Agnieszka Polska, Jon Rafman*, Kosta Rapadopoulos / Jasin Challah,The Peng! Collective*, Ryan Trecartin, Theo Triantafyllidis, Anna Uddenberg*, Young Boy Dancing Group and Costas Zapas, Zhala* (*asterisk denotes a new production).
It has been a decade since the Greek Crisis occurred and Athens has emerged as an incubator for revolt, opposition, reaction. The 6th Athens Biennale reflects on this situation in the city and globally through the term ‘ANTI’, the attitude it connotes, and the true impossibility of its manifestation at the current time. Curated by Stefanie Hessler, Kostis Stafylakis and Poka-Yio who have selected over 100 international artists, media creators and theorists for the duration of over two months. This theme is timely at the present where we see constant infiltration, particularly online by fake news, right-winged fascism and other oppressors. ANTI asks How does opposition play out today? What kind of identities does it forge? The biennale seeks to answer this by looking critically at the normalisation of opposition and non-conformity spanning politics to web culture, alongside the pleasure and discomfort that is present in both revolutionary and reactionary stances.
The biennale’s main venue is Athena’s famous and now defunct Telecommunications, Telegrams and Post (TTT) building designed by the architect Anastasios Metaxas built in 1930 and located in the city centre. Other venues include Esperia Palace, The historical Benakeios Library (an unfamiliar building to the city’s inhabitants a filled with significant books, unique documents, historical heirlooms, furniture and objects) and the former TSMEDE office block
Not to be missed projects include Jon Rafman;s video installation consisting of Shadowbanned: Disasters Under The Sun (2018) and Jon Rafman and Daniel Lopatin, Sticky Drama (2015) which explore the emotional and social impact of technology and the internet; Peng! Collective’s Civil Financial Regulation Office (2018) where call centre workers ring up financial institutions and try to get them to talk about global capitalism; Spyros Aggelopoulos’s Amusementorium (2018), a shadow theatre mashup of politicians, media figures, superheroes, cinema characters, and villains—from Donald Trump and Slavoj Žižek to Rocky and Freddy Kruger; and Monira Al Qadiri’s The Craft (2017) / The End (2017) a diner installation showing film that revolves around childish fictions about strange incidents in Al Qadiri’s own family history, growing up in Senegal and events in Kuwait.
The artists in ANTI interrogate the post-digital era, scenarios of transhuman enhancement, cults of wellness as well as bodily and spiritual transformation. In doing so, this reveals ‘the dangers of today’s neo-reactionary revolt, asking what might motivate reactionary emotions and fantasies and how to change the current structures of pleasure.’ The 6th Athens Biennale invites viewers to explore alternatives and different futures as opposed to offering solutions to the present.
The show will run from Friday 26th of October 2018 until Sunday 09 December 2018 in multiple locations.