space52 presents Afar
Afar proposes a non-anthropocentric perspective for the redefinition of our relationship with what is human, as well as non-human, whether that is nature or technology. In a post-human era, where the boundaries between human and technology, the organic and the mechanical, are continuously blurred, it is necessary to transverse the dualities that shape our relationship with the ecosystem to which we belong. By defining the human as a being “in relation to,” we emphasize the significance of our interaction with both the material environment and the immaterial, digital world. More than ever before, empathy becomes an indispensable tool in this process of redefinition towards the formation of symbiotic conditions in this new ecology of harmonic coexistence in a more-than-human future.
The exhibition focuses on materiality and the interaction with the non-living. Setting out on a jour-ney of the recent as well as the distant past, it focuses on objects as carriers of meaning tracing the marks of time upon them. Looking at the life of objects, Afar comments on the dominant narratives of the past and creates an archeology of the present through objects that are found in the streets of Athens, new objects that echo the experience of our contemporary condition, objects that reflect a post-biological environment, as well as images and rituals that resurface from antiquity to remind us of fundamental principles for our coexistence.
Each of the works presented, explores in a different way the fluidity and flexibility of identity (indi-vidual, social, cultural), while emphasizing the need for care and empathy in our interaction with the non-human environment, since our interaction has the potential to determine and restore our relationship with our cosmic home in the Anthropocene epoch.
Curated by: Souzana Fais (Space 52)
Participating artists: Anietie Ekanem, Dionisis Christofilogiannis, Konstantina Chatzouli, HOPE Konstantinos Ntagkas, Margot Kalach, George Liones, Dionisios Pappas, Alex Rokadakis, Kriton- Nektarios Saccopoulos, Petros Tatsiopoulos.
The exhibition «Afar» is curated by Souzana Fais (Space 52), as a part of the Back to Athens International Art Meeting 2022.
Back to Athens 9 | International Art Meeting 2022 is organised by APART Art Research and Applications under the auspices of the City of Athens, with the support of the Austrian Embassy Athens and the Ministry of Culture of Austria, Zoia, produced and coordinated by CHEAPART, with the participation of the Cultural program Athens Intersection, theculturechannel.com and communication sponsor, dreamideamachine.
Back to Athens 9 | International Art Meeting 2022
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65 Patision and Ioulianou str., 104 33, Athens Greece
«Afar», 2nd floor
Opening: Wednesday, June 29, 16:00 - 22:00
Duration: June 29 - July 3, 2022
Hours: Wednesday - Friday 16:00 - 22:00, Saturday - Sunday 12:00 - 22:00