ANTI: 6th Athens Biennale
In 2018, I had the honor of showing 41 drawings from 2014-2018 at ANTI: 6th Athens Biennale, in Athens, Greece. ANTI was curated by Stefanie Hessler, Poka-Yio and Kostis Stafylakis.
“Enter ANTI: ANTI is a preposition, a position, a person. ANTI is indulgent, ascetic, libertarian. ANTI invests in bitcoins and detests political correctness. ΑΝΤΙ is a contraestablishment politician, a humanist, a creature of our time.
The 6th Athens Biennale flirts with the term, the attitude, the (im)possibility of ANTI. It asks: How does opposition play out today? And what kinds of identities does it forge? At present, an oppositional stance, an attitude of ANTI—an “antitude”—seems to encompass wide arenas of social life including cultural expressions, identity politics, art labor, media and scripted protagonist impersonations on Netflix as well as “weird advertising”, videogames and music video productions. In other words, attitudes of resistance, non-conformity and marginality are rapidly becoming canonized and commodified. ANTI is adored and detested as pre-eminent role model. The imagery of the cunning villain, the proactive manipulator, the taboo perpetrator, is one of today’s most fascinating characters in institutional and counter-establishment politics, tactical resistance and pop culture.”
These drawings were shown in the white carpet-walled corner office on the fourth floor of the main building: the former Telecommunications, Telegrams and Post (TTT) building in downtown Athens, built in 1931 by architect Anastasios Metaxas.