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