Paratoxic Paradoxes - Παρατοξικά Παράδοξα

23 Mar 2017 – 21 May 2017

Cost of entry

€ 8, € 4

Benaki Museum Pireos St. Annexe

Athens, Greece


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Is man's relationship to the environment the most controversial, complex and unfinished project of humanity?


A long history of ideas, philosophies, sciences, arts, politics and events seems to confirm this tumultuous relationship and its pending matters, as it becomes evident that treating the political in terms of a relationship limited only among humans is insufficient, and that all the world's species, things and beings must be represented in a sustainable symbiosis.

The exhibition Paratoxic Paradoxes presents new works of moving image (film, video, animation, digital imaging, etc.) that explore this critical question through the contemporary viewpoint of political ecology and ecocriticism, as it is shaped in the crux of art, politics, socioeconomic demands, pedagogy and activism, beyond naive classifications, univocal readings and outdated strategies.

The exhibition is the first public presentation of a capsule of eleven original artworks created through commissions to international artists by the cultural, nonprofit platform Polyeco Contemporary Art Initiative (PCAI) and curator Nadja Argyropoulou. The project, which began two years ago and is now presented through this exhibition, should be considered, to a certain extent, as part of the global response and mobilization of artists, theorists, curators, scientists, activists, creative practitioners in the face of climate-change tipping points and their connection to every aspect of contemporary life.

The participating artists are: 
Loukia Alavanou, Sophia Al Maria, Korakrit Arunanondchai, Vasilis P. Karouk, Anja Kirschner, Eva Kotatkova, Saskia Olde Wolbers, Eva Papamargariti, Agnieszka Polska, Mika Rottenberg, Wu Tsang.

Talks by international speakers who work on the debate around political ecology are organised and will be announced soon, while a specifically designed online platform, a catalogue and an educational program will extend the exhibition's content.

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