by Akis Gavriilidis
Recently, while in Cyprus, I spoke to a doctoral student who had just returned from Athens, where, as he informed us, he had visited several events taking place there in the framework of the Documenta14 exhibition. Among these, as he said, a performance “in a building close to Omonia square”. After one or two questions, it came out that this performance was actually not part of Documenta, but a sort of a “counter-event” staged as a satire, under the title dokoùmena (ancient Greek for “things believed/ seen as”, a title which obviously parodies the name of the institution). Our friend apparently mistook it as being part of the official program.
But was this really a mistake? If so, in what sense?
Documenta consists in a series of artistic works shown during a certain period of time Συνέχεια