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Artists participating in the event include Cajsa von Zeipel, Zanele Muholi, and Samson Kambalu.

How the Seventh Athens Biennale Would Queer History Itself

Judy Chicago, Immolation from Women and Smoke (1972). Fireworks performance. Performed in the California Desert. © Judy Chicago/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Through the Flower Archives. Courtesy the artist; Salon 94, New York; and Jessica Silverman Gallery, San Francisco.

Over 80 Artists have been announced for the seventh Athens Biennale, which will take place from 24 September to 28 November 2021.

The exhibition is being co-curated by Ghanaian-American curator Larry Ossei-Mensah and artist collective Omsk Social Club, who use methodologies such as Live Action Role Play (Larp) to explore topics such as rave culture, survivalism, cat fishing, and positive trolling.

The title of the exhibition is ECLIPSE. It aims to amplify Black, queer, speculative, and radical artistic voices as a means of revisiting identities and queering history.

Omsk Social Club said the exhibition will explore how to 'fathom a new potential of experience not only in our artistic practices but one that begins in our emotive bodies.'

'We hope this can address the lives we live "differently",' they said.

Theo Triantafyllidis, Ritual (2020). Live Simulation. Video still.

Theo Triantafyllidis, Ritual (2020). Live Simulation. Video still. Courtesy of the artist and the Breeder Gallery, Athens.

The exhibition will take place across three buildings: the neo-Baroque Sina Hall, which was converted into offices before it was abandoned in 2008 during the global financial crisis; eight-floor department store Fokas, empty since 2013; and the old Santaroza Courthouse in Justice Square, where communist party member ​​Nikos Beloyannis was sentenced to death in 1952. The courthouse has been sealed up for the past 30 years.

In a statement, the biennale said these locations are evocative of the bankruptcy of contemporary Greece and possibilities for a post-capitalist era.

'When it started, [the biennale's] scope was to help place Athens on the international contemporary art map,' said Poka-Yio, founding director of the Athens Biennale and artistic director of ECLIPSE.

Now, he said, it aims 'to help the Athenian cultural scene contribute to the international discourse by providing the alternative perspective of an evolving metropolis.' —[O]

Tomashi Jackson, We're All Gonna Go (2019). Single channel video with sound. 9 min 22 seconds. Tommy Tonight and Eleni Mylona. Edited by Ariel René Jackson.

Tomashi Jackson, We're All Gonna Go (2019). Single channel video with sound. 9 min 22 seconds. Tommy Tonight and Eleni Mylona. Edited by Ariel René Jackson. Courtesy of the artist.

Participating Artists
*denotes new commission

manuel arturo abreu,
Zebedee Armstrong,
as they lay w/ Abdu Ali + Markele Cullins*,
Sanford Biggers,
Billy Bultheel*,
Judy Chicago,
Contemporary And,
Zuzanna Czebatul,
Simon Denny,
DETACH (Voltnoi & Quetempo)*,
Alexandros Douras,
Christoph Draeger,
Claude Eigan,
Awol Erizku,
Doreen Garner,
Miles Greenberg,
Happy New Tears*,
HellFun (Josefin Arnell & Max Göran)*,
Jack Hogan & Trakal*,
Deborah Joyce Holman & Yara Dulac Gisler*,
Klára Hosnedlová*,
Satch Hoyt,
Hypercomf*,
Yinka Ilori*,
Astrit Ismaili*,
Tomashi Jackson,
Huntrezz Janos*,
Olalekan Jeyifous*,
Evi Kalogiropoulou,
Samson Kambalu,
Lito Kattou*,
KAYA,
Navine G. Khan-Dossos*,
Nuri Koerfer,
Ndayé Kouagou*,
Aristeidis Lappas,
Kris Lemsalu & Kyp Malone*,
Marissa Malik & Yeshe Bahamon-Beesley*,
Rodney McMillian,
Steve McQueen,
Ana Mendieta,
Meleko Mokgosi,
Moor Mother*,
Petros Moris,
Zanele Muholi,
Nascent*,
Kayode Ojo,
Omsk Social Club*,
Zohra Opoku,
Vasilis Papageorgiou*,
Nektarios Pappas*,
Ebony G. Patterson,
Primitive Art*,
Yorgos Prinos,
Kameelah Janan Rasheed,
Andrew Roberts,
Victoria Santa Cruz,
Jacolby Satterwhite,
Jonas Schoeneberg*,
Erica Scourti,
Paul Mpagi Sepuya,
Jakob Kudsk Steensen,
Juana Subercaseaux,
Valinia Svoronou*,
Taka Taka*,
Ayesha Tan-Jones*,
Filippos Telesto,
The Critics Company,
the Mycological Twist*,
Hank Willis Thomas,
Iris Touliatou*,
Tourmaline,
Suzanne Treister,
Theo Triantafyllidis,
Wu Tsang,
Eugenia Vereli,
Cajsa von Zeipel*,
Julian Weber,
YESSi PERSE*.

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