While other pavilions overwhelm visitors with visual impressions, the Greek pavilion is more or less empty. The Greek artist Diohandi who is representing Greece at the 54th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia conceived a site-specific installation that transforms the pavilion with wood, water, and light. Diohandi creates a minimalist, rather silent environment.
Maria Marangou (Art Critic and Curator of the Greek Pavilion at the 54th Biennale di Venezia):
Diohandi’s installation-Greek pavilion in a way reflects the current political state of Europe and the world at large. It is at the same time, obviously, a comment on the contemporary Greek experience of economic recession and IMF tutelage. A place of light thrown into darkness and decline, almost willingly it seems, yet holding on to hopes of spiritual and sociopolitical reconstruction; in other words, to a vision of light that should bring along with it clarity of mind and the ultimate catharsis. As such the work would encourage anything but imitation and repetition.
Diohandi: Beyond Reform / Greek Pavilion at Venice Art Biennale 2011, Giardini della Biennale, Venice / Italy, June 4, 2011.
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