The Onassis Cultural Centre in a project curated by locus athens aims to reintroduce the Agricultural University to Athenians, inviting them to discover one of the country’s first academic institutions as a relevant and necessary oasis within the urban landscape.
International Archives 1st half of 2018
Voula Papaioannou, Shepherds in Ioannina, 1950-
Draw a vertical line across a horizontal one. Man and Earth. These axes measure the sum of our story. From earth, upwards and onwards; the earth as a beginning and end, and in between the possibility of marking and framing everything we know. As we scratch the surface, hunt, gather, cultivate, grow, carve into and extract from, staking our power and politics, we shout out our own existence in continuum; this is an exhibition that explores humanity’s increasingly complex relationship to its standing ground.
Geometries unfolds in the gardens, museum and central building of the Agricultural University in Athens. Founded in the 1920’s, the University is synonymous with new models of large scale farming, engineered to feed a primarily agricultural but poor nation and to establish food security. In parallel with radical agrarian reforms aimed at incorporating refugees of that period into the social fabric, the University provided a scientific approach to agricultural production.
Set in these grounds, the exhibition investigates this anthropocentric promise of modernity, asking instead whether we can step out of our knowledge systems and networks and re-
Starting with an investigation on site and into the history of the University, and learning from the diverse knowledge produced through the University’s academic and student community and its grounds, the exhibition will both look down at our footprint on this earth and up to the sky as we listen to stories about small-
Geometries is a meditation on who we are and where we are, together as humans or humus. For lack of a better word. For lack of a better world.
Omar Amiralay, Will Benedict, Tristan Bera, Anna Boghiguian, Yto Barrada, Yannis Baziotis, Penelope Bebeli, Michel Bertet, Betty’s Bakery, Ursula Biemann, Wang Bing, Natasa Biza, Vlassis Caniaris, Carolina Caycedo, Chouska, Christos Chrissopoulos, Céline Condorelli, Dora Economou, Metin Erksan, Eparkeia, Cevdet Erek, Alekos Fassianos, Jorge Furtado, Angelos N. Goulandris, Inas Halabi, Peter Halley, Federico Herrero, Athina Ioannou, Takis Kanellopoulos, Valentina Karga, Kassandras, David Leonard, Miltos Manetas, Yannis Manetas, Sakis Maniatis, Jumana Manna, Nikos Markou, Angela Melitopoulos, Petros Moris, MoY Studio, Beatriz Santiago Muñoz, Peter Nadin, Iris Nikolaou, Dora Oikonomou, Uriel Orlow, Christodoulos Panayiotou, Maria Papadimitriou, Voula Papaioannou, Andriana Papanikolaou, Véréna Paravel, Nausica Pastra, Rena Papaspyrou, Didem Pekün, Artavazd Pelechian, Marjetica Potrč, Filipa Ramos, School of Soil, Vittorio de Seta, Stagones, Standart Thinking, Serkan Taycan, Lucien Castaing-
The public program of Geometries is divided into seven themes—salt, fire, gardens, seeds, water, earth and air—within which numerous events will take place: workshops, cooking sessions, food, talks, recordings, screenings, performances, walks and readings amongst other things. Throughout the public program Athenians will be invited to discover known and unknown aspects of the University—the vineyard, the orchard, the botanical gardens, whilst becoming living participants in the University’s constantly evolving history from Ottoman times till now. Visitors will have the chance to learn alternative farming practices, discover hands on the philosophy of building from earth, meditate on the history of stones, discover new ways of communing food, gain insights into the history of man’s own evolution set off by the agricultural revolution, focus on climate change as well as be immersed in many more vital facets of our natural world.
Produced / organised by the Onassis Cultural Centre-
Curated by locus athens
Exhibition March 27 -
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