Exhibition & Festival of Contemporary Art in Berlin

14 November, 2019 to 1 February, 2020

Contemporary Art


Exhibition & Festival of Contemporary Art in Berlin

14 November, 2019 to 1 February, 2020

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, curated by Sotirios Bahtsetzis, at Berlin's FREIRAUM in der Box. 16 contemporary Greek artists will present their positions and discuss questions that the documenta14 left open to further evaluation.

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? What is left after the demystification of a country which has been subject to stereotyping since 18th century philhellenism, labeled a tourist paradise, and imprinted with the stigma of the crisis? Why are these questions essential for social coexistence in an ethically corroded system?

Organized by AthenSYN in cooperation with FREIRAUM in der Box.

14.11.2019. – 01.02.2020
FREIRAUM in der Box, Boxhagener Straße 96 (Im Hof), 10245 Berlin
Opening times: Wed – Sat, 2 – 6pm

Opening: 14 November, 2019, 7pm
Guided Tours and Artist Talks: 15 & 16 November, 2019




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  • Dimitris Tzamouranis, Melancholia, Altar 2012, Polyptychon auf Holz, Leihgabe der Galerie Michael Haas Berlin
    Foto: Jens Kunath
  • Dionisis Christofilogiannis, Feels like home Acropolis, Photograph lambda on dibond, 2017
    Copyright: the artist
  • George Drivas, Empirical Data, HD Video mit Ton, 200
    Foto: George Drivas
  • television, aus der Serie homescape, 2018, Lambda print auf Aluminium
    Foto: Yannis Theodoropoulos
  • Georgia Sagri, Diana Very Dog framed Lambda, 2013-2019, C Print
    Courtesy of the artist
  • Theodoros Zafeiropoulos, uv print, oil acrylic
    Copyright: the artist