TERRAPOLIS – Exhibition 27/5 – 26/7/2015
Exhibition duration | 26 May – 26 July 2015
in collaboration with the Whitechapel Gallery
Curator | Iwona Blazwick, Director, Whitechapel Gallery
FRENCH SCHOOL AT ATHENS, DIDOTOU 6
Tuesday – Saturday 10:00 – 21:00
Sunday 12:00 – 18:00
NEON and the Whitechapel Gallery are proud to present TERRAPOLIS, the second major collaboration in Athens between the two organizations following the presentation of ‘A Thousand Doors’ at the The Gennadius Library of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens (4 May – 30 June 2014). NEON works to widen access to contemporary art and is committed to contributing to the vital cultural activity in Athens.
A garden of an archaeological institute in Athens provides the backdrop for works of art that reconnect the human with the animal. Echoing the satyrs, sphinxes and centaurs of Greek statuary, contemporary sculptures, installations and films draw on myth, drama and the animal kingdom to suggest a ‘bioethics’ for the 21st century.
This is the second in a three part series of outdoor art projects that bring significant artists from Greece and around the world into the public realm.
TERRAPOLIS, a term proposed by science philosopher Donna Haraway, combines the Latin ‘terra’ for earth, with the Greek ‘polis’ for city or citizens. This show asks should we regard animals as citizens? How do processes of nature, such as metamorphoses relate to the creation of art? How do mythic narratives resonate in contemporary society? And can we recalibrate our relationship with other species?
Figurative works in mediums ranging from bronze to ceramic by 25 mid century and contemporary artists explore myth, drama, metamorphoses and bioethics.
Participating artists: Caroline Achaintre, Allora & Calzadilla, Francis Alÿs, Athanasios Argianas, Joseph Beuys, Huma Bhabha, Reg Butler, Lynn Chadwick, Marcus Coates, William Cobbing, Enrico David, Charlotte Dumas, Angus Fairhurst, Studio Ghibli, Tue Greenfort, Asta Gröting, Lucy Gunning, Henrik Håkansson, Anthea Hamilton & Nicholas Byrne, Joan Jonas, Eleni Kamma, Markus Karstieß, Dionisis Kavallieratos, Yayoi Kusama, Oliver Laric, Richard Long, Sarah Lucas, Ruth Maclennan, Chris Marker, Marlie Mul, Katja Novitskova, Anatoly Osmolovsky, Aliki Palaska, Norbert Prangenberg, Ugo Rondinone, Kostas Sahpazis, Peter Wächtler.