Saturday, June 9, 2018 5 p.m.
Brody Condon Studio
Athens Biennale launches its 6th edition on October 26, 2018, under the title ANTI.
ANTI, curated by Stefanie Hessler, Kostis Stafylakis and Poka-Yio, deals with phenomena of normalization of opposition and non-conformity, from politics to web culture, from videogames to Netflix, from Žižek to Rihanna.
Instead of assuming a position of critical detachment, ANTI introduces us to the pleasure and discomfort embodied in both revolt and reaction. It does not seek to merely outline such fantasies; we cannot fight reactionary culture and politics in the “post-truth” era with yet another ANTI. To deal with ANTI means to oscillate between power and revolt by internalizing, reenacting or cannibalizing both. As such, AB6 is designed as a distilled, intensified reality — a constellation of functional spaces that invites visitors to indulge in ANTI. These devices assume forms of actual domains shaping our lives today: the gym, the office, the tattoo studio, the dating website, the migration office, the shopping mall, the nightclub, the church, the dark room. Athens Biennale aims to instigate the experience of ambiguity, polarity and contrariness inherent in ANTI by lubricating the absurd personification of such currents. The exhibition, here, becomes a purgatory without a purge.
The curatorial team of the 6th Athens Biennale will share details about the upcoming edition of ANTI on Saturday, June 9, from 5 p.m. at the Brody Condon Studio in Prenzlauer Berg.
Join us for an ANTI discussion and a drink!