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6th Athens Biennale ANTI

The 6th Athens Biennale ANTI inhabits a complex of four distinct and important buildings in the historic center of Athens. From October 26 until December 9, 2018, the large-scale international exhibition ANTI, with the participation of approximately 100 artists from both Greece and abroad, will land in the area surrounding the Old Parliament at Syntagma Square.

Though the last three editions of the Athens Biennale have focused on the area surrounding Omonoia Square, the heart of the wounded city, this year's exhibition transfers us to the area of Syntagma Square. Stadiou, in particular, is a street with vacant, unoccupied buildings, once urban landmarks of Athens, inextricably linked with the city's recent history.
ANTI's main venue is TTT, (15, Stadiou str.), an iconic Athenian building that, since the 1930s, has served as the central offices of the Hellenic Telecommunications Organization. The building -a work of the architect Anastasios Metaxas -with its Kafkaesque, administrative architecture and interior design, is a symbol of the transition from analog to digital -the shift from a wired communication era to an early epoch of computers and the contemporary digital age.
Just a few meters behind lies the Benakeios Library (2, Anthimou Gazi str.), a property owned by the Hellenic Parliament. The building is largely unknown to the public, and it has been closed since 2004. The Library's reading rooms once accommodated 30,000 volumes of original books from the collection of the renowned demoticist Yannis Psycharis. His library was purchased in 1924 by Emmanuel Benakis, who promptly donated it to the Hellenic Parliament Library.

In addition to these two venues, the 6th Athens Biennale will also be hosted at the former Esperia Palace hotel (22, Stadiou str.), once a busy hub of the political, business and cultural scene of Athens until 2010, and the former building of TSMEDE (4, Kolokotroni str.), owned by the public insurance organization EFKA. The use of both buildings is granted to the 6th Athens Biennale ANTI by the Ministry of Labour, as part of the pilot project of the real estate development of the Social Security Funds and Public Employment Agency in the historic centre of Athens, titled "Recovering properties in terms of social return".

The artists participating in ANTI inhabit the center of Athens offering a distinct, idiosyncratic and uneasy screenshot of our political, social and cultural momentum.

Today, an oppositional stance, an attitude of ANTI, seems to encompass wide arenas of life, including cultural expressions, identity politics, art labor and media including weird advertising, video games and music video productions. In other words, attitudes of non-conformity, dissent and alternativeness are rapidly becoming canonized and commodified. How can we tackle the dynamic dialectics between ANTI's eruption and ANTI's commodification?
The artists in ANTI interrogate the post-digital era, scenarios of transhuman enhancement, cults of wellness as well as bodily and spiritual transformation. They do so by devising structures of everyday life: from the gym to the shopping mall, from the online forum to the sex dungeon, from the office to the political front. The artistic devices composing the 6th Athens Biennale reveal the dangers of today's neo-reactionary revolt, asking what might motivate reactionary emotions and fantasies and how to change the current structures of pleasure.

In Greek, ANTI also means instead-of. By inviting artists and other cultural producers to inhabit situations and devices mimicking, distorting, twisting or amplifying contemporary life-theaters, ANTI is the departure point for numerous instead-ofs.

For more information, please visit the official site of the Athens Biennale.

6th Athens Biennale ANTI

26/10/2018 - 09/12/2018

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Venues: TTT Stadiou 15 Esperia Palace, Stadiou 22 Benakeios Library, Anthimou Gazi 2 Kolokotroni 4 Dates: October 26 - December 9 2018 Opening hours: Monday-Friday 2-10pm Saturday-Sunday 12-10pm

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