Tough love: documenta 14 Ocula Feature Tough love: documenta 14 By Stephanie Bailey, Kassel | Athens

To find 'Athens' in the Kassel chapter of documenta 14, Learning from Athens, is easy. At the Fridericianum, one of documenta's central venues in the German city, the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Athens (EMST) is presenting an exhibition of works from its collection, titled ANTIDORON. The title, which can refer to blessed yet...

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Report: documenta 14 in Athens Ocula Feature Report: documenta 14 in Athens By Despina Zefkili, Athens

For the first time in its long history, the mega exhibition of documenta—which takes place only every five years—is split across two cities: its usual host city of Kassel, Germany (10 June–17 September 2017) and Athens, Greece (8 April–16 July 2017). Discussing this split and documenta 14's title, Learning from Athens, in a recent...

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documenta 14: Athens Ocula Photolog documenta 14: Athens

'There is a push-pull relationship between inside and outside in Greece's history: a result of centuries under Ottoman occupation followed by foreign and domestic wars. As a result of this historical and hybrid blending, a dissonance has become the acceptable norm in a city caught between north, south, east and west.' –Maria Nicolacopoulou, '...

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Adam Szymczyk Ocula Conversation Adam Szymczyk By Despina Zefkili, Athens

Documenta didn't arrive in Athens to make discoveries, but to speak from Athens. And in this way, the Athens experience is actually very productive for many people not only outside of Athens but from anywhere practically.

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documenta 14: the view from Athens Ocula Feature documenta 14: the view from Athens By Maria Nicolacopoulou, Athens

documenta 14's mammoth effort to include 40 something venues and over 160 artists in its exhibition in Athens (8 April–16 July 2017) is a testimony of the institution's struggle to infiltrate a city with a weighted ancient and modern past, a turbulent present, and an uncertain future. There is a push-pull relationship between inside and outside in...

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documenta 14: a reflection before the opening Ocula Feature documenta 14: a reflection before the opening By Despina Zefkili, Athens

Held at the end of February 2017, 'The Society of Friends of Ulises Carrión' was one of the 'Open Form Societies' staged as part of documenta 14's public programmes, 'Parliament of Bodies'. During this meeting, curator Magalí Arriola talked about Ulises Carrión's techniques as a conceptual artist, and the reception of his work within the Mexican...

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Exercises of Freedom? A review of documenta 14’s Public Programs launch in Athens Ocula Feature Exercises of Freedom? A review of documenta 14’s Public Programs launch in Athens By Maria Nicolacopoulou, Athens

documenta 14’s Public Programs, launched in Athens between 14 and 24 September 2016, is a precursory introduction to the main exhibition scheduled to take place in Athens and Kassel next year, and is planned to continue on a more occasional basis until then. For ten days, an intensive marathon programme of lectures, performances and films...

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