Since the beginning of the European idea, Athens has been an exoticized utopia. Recently, as a result of the 2009 worldwide financial crisis, Athens has become the exotic scene of a global drama that has attracted many, including the curators of the recent documenta14.
On November 14, 2019, at 7pm, the festival Athen SYN I will open its doors with the exhibition HOMEMADE EXOTICA at FREIRAUM in der Box, Boxhagener Str. 96, Berlin Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg, presenting ideas and questions of 16 contemporary Greek artists.
The documenta14 left many questions open to be discussed further. What can "learning from Athens" mean in a time of upheaval for Europe, in which all values rooted in European soil that underpin our cultural heritage are questioned?
In lectures and panel discussions from 15 to 16 November 2019, artists investigate co-existence in a world full of preconceived notions and expectations of the Other, the practices of art production in a failing market, and survival strategies based on communality, mutual support, and individual contribution to the community. At the same time, they discuss why Athens remains a hub of challenges and transformations that should be addressed by a European culture that seems to have reached its present state of exhaustion.
Organized by AthenSYN in cooperation with FREIRAUM in der Box.
Opening: November 14, 2019, at 7pm