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Pavilion of Greece at the 58th International Art Exhibition — La Biennale di Venezia

Artists Panos Charalambous, Eva Stefani, and Zafos Xagoraris 

represent Greece at the Biennale Arte 2019 in an exhibition titled Mr. Stigl

curated by Katerina Tselou

 

May 11–November 24, 2019 

Giardini, Venice

How does one approach a national pavilion in an era of volatile national identities, quick shifts, and radical changes, when the concept of nation-states as we know it is being disputed—and simultaneously intensified through extreme permutations.

 

Mr. Stigl, who lends his name to the title of the Greek Pavilion exhibition in Venice, is a historical paradox, a constructive misunderstanding, a fantastical hero of an unknown story whose poetics take us to periphery of official history, but also of reality. 

 

Lining the pavilion―both inside and outside―with installations, images, and sound, the three artists highlight the different aspects of our political, social, and private lives. In the environment they create, there is a constant transposition occurring from grand narratives to personal stories. The unknown (or less known) details of history emerge, subverting the indisputable character of the official record in a playful manner.