«Mediterranean temperament? Regional stereotypes and other myths» – 4th Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art
The Thessaloniki Biennale is an institution that has focused for a number of years on the rich and always tumultuous Mediterranean region.
On this exhibition, the curators Areti Leopoulou and Thodoris Markoglou, chose to investigate the cultural and individual stereotypes about this region, which are largely responsible for building the myth surrounding the Mediterranean. What prompted this interest on the Mediterranean now? Could the idea of a large and cohesive Mediterranean culture be serving the interests of cultural imperialism? Could this unified approach that focuses on similarities prevent us from identifying and productively reflecting on the differences?
The strategic choices involved in all similar artistic events are made at the political level, take a cultural form and should be ideologically examined in order to be able to have a clear picture of where we stand and what defines our identity –especially in light of the fact that, during the previous decade, the new citizen was defined as a person belonging to a global, or at least globalized, community.
Inevitably, the curators and the young artists who particitapated to this two-week long workshop had to reflect on the nature of geographical categories that define the cultural present, on the facts that are shaped by the micro- and macro-historical processes within this framework in order to get an idea of how the future of Mediterranean culture is shaped. This led them to the familiar stereotype of the citizen and inhabitant of the Mediterranean, of the Mediterranean temperament – an idea that contains many truths, but is also ripe with myths.
This exhibition represents the end result and visualization of this process. It perfectly reflects everything that led up to it, the sum total of the workshop experience. These are the individual – and essentially collective – contributions by each and every artist in this project.
Exhibition of the works of the Young Artists’ Workshop“Mediterranean temperament?”Regional stereotypes and other myths.
4th Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art
THESSALONIKI CENTER OF CONTEMPORARY ART
Warehouse B1, Thessaloniki Port
Τ: +30 2310593270
Exhibition Duration: 24 January – 9 March 2014
Visiting Hours: Tuesday – Sunday 10:00-18:00