August 8, 2011
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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