annexM / Visual Arts Centre
The Unwritten Library: A Trilogy
Curated by Anna Kafetsi
The second part of the trilogy focuses on books and texts through their physical, hybrid, or immaterial presence. Objects of desire and central characters in new forms of fiction, books generate enchantment and emotion through the exhibits.
They cross paths with vision and other senses. Through linguistic and conceptual processes, they lead to ambiguous, frequently hermetic readings. The viewer-reader crosses the boundaries towards uncharted aesthetic territories beyond knowledge and meaning, and occasionally beyond writing itself.
The exhibition has been designed as a labyrinth, with ‘reading rooms’, ‘archives’, and ‘stack rooms’, in public and secret areas of the new wing of the Athens Concert Hall at various levels, transforming the building and its maze-like underground passages into a metaphor for a post-Borgesian Babel library.
Over 100 works are on display: paintings, sculptures, installations and video installations, artists’ books, acoustic and internet art, and performance art, including new productions.
The participants (25 internationally recognized artists): Fiona Banner, Jorge Méndez Blake, Irma Blank, Benny Brunner, Ulises Carrión, Andreas Embiricos, Didem Erk, Dora Garcia, Shilpa Gupta, Gary Hill, Vlassis Caniaris, William Kentridge, Julien Levesque, Michael Mandiberg, Rania Bellou, Rivane Neuenschwander, Georgios Xenos, Nina Papaconstantinou, Estefanía Peñafiel Loaiza, Kyrillos Sarris, Dayanita Singh, Michelle Stuart, Stephanie Syjuco, Thu Van Tran, George Hadjimichalis
Guided tours for the public as well as educational programmes are available