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Documenta 14 (2017)

Documenta 14 (2017)
The Documenta exhibition is one of the largest exhibitions of contemporary art in the world celebrated since 1955 every five years in the German city of Kassel during 100 days. For the first time in its history, this edition of Documenta is celebrated in two venues, the second is Athens under the title Documenta 14: Learn from Athens.

This fourteenth edition begins in April 2017 in Athens and then opens on June 10 in Kassel. In this way, coincide, in parallel, a month in both cities. The co-organization of the 14th edition of Documenta between Kassel and Athens is a proposal by Adam Szymczyk, artistic director of the fair, who explained that the purpose of this decision is "to reflect the current situation in Europe and to highlight the palpable tensions between the north and the south. " Szymczyk considers that the choice of Greece is detached from the conflicts between the Mediterranean country and Germany and that its focal point is its geographical location and migration. "What interests me about Athens is that it is a metropolis that connects with others across the sea. It borders Turkey, has a large influx of immigrants from Asia and Africa. Athens is a gateway or a border that reaches many people who can have visibility, "said Szymczyk.

With this initiative Documenta leaves for a year its role of permanent host to become a guest of Athens. The artistic direction is in charge of the curator and writer Marina Fokidis, founder and artistic director of Kunsthalle Athena. In this edition the artistic director of Documenta, Adam Szymczyk has invited a group of Spanish artists to participate with the support of AC/E: Daniel García Andujar, Mattín Artiach, Roger Bernat and the collective "El Niño de Elche" formed by Israel Galván, Pedro José González Romero and Francisco Molina.
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