Sited just a few steps from the city's central Syntagma Square, the 6th Athens Biennale explores how opposition plays out today in the political, social and cultural arenas. ANTI takes place in four iconic venues around Kolokotroni Square: the TTT building (Telecommunications, Telegrams and Post), formerly housing the Hellenic Telecommunications Organization OTE, designed by the architect Anastasios Metaxas in 1930 (Stadiou 15), the four-star Esperia Palace Hotel, whose operation suddenly stopped in 2010 (Stadiou 22), the historical Benakeios Library, property of the Hellenic Parliament (Anthimou Gazi 2) and the former offices of the fund of retired engineers and contractors of the public sector, TSMEDE (Kolokotroni 4).
In the exhibition, more than 100 Greek and international contemporary artists map cultural expressions of antagonism in the digital world, post-truth nihilism and conspiracy theories, critiquing through their works the pleasure, the indulgence and the discomfort of ANTI, while proposing various instead-ofs. The exhibition highlights contemporary role play in games as well as our digital selves, analyzes popular desires for opposition and explores ways out of the dialectics of ANTI.
The 6th Athens Biennale ANTI, curated by Stefanie Hessler, Poka-Yio and Kostis Stafylakis, is dedicated to the memory of the LGTBQ activist and performer Zak Kostopoulos / Zackie Oh, who had collaborated with the Biennale on several occasions in the past.
6th Athens Biennale 2018 Website