The exhibitions Urgent Conversations: Athens–Antwerp and Urgent Conversations: Antwerp – Athens are a collaboration between EMST and M HKA, a theoretical and visual dialogue, based on works from the collections of both museums, which includes more than 70 works structured in 22 topics.   

28.04.2017 - 07.01.2018        

M HKA, Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen - Leuvenstraat 32, 2000 Antwerpen

EMST, National Museum of Contemporary Art - Kallirrois Avenue & Amvr. Frantzi Str., Athens 11743

Urgent Conversations Athens - Antwerp

(c)image: National Museum of Contemporary Art (EMST), Athens
The River of Life, 2004
Installation , variable dimensions
7 DVD, color, duration: 30’, 7 DVD players, 7 video projectors, 7 back projection screens, CD player, synchronizer, 8 sound amplifiers, 7 pairs of speakers, 1 subwoofer, 1 sound sphere

Looking at satellite images of the Earth’s rivers, one has the impression of looking at the planet’s veins, the living veins of the Earth. Travelling on a riverboat for a few days, you would slowly start to feel that you were tapping into the rhythm of its flow, a flow that is natural as breath and traverses, via the river, the earth entire. You would have the notion of travelling through this current that unites the world, and that you too are connected to this universal rhythm. Seven major terrestrial rivers: the Danube, the Nile, the Amazon, the Mississippi, the Niger, the Yangtze and the Ganges.  A fluctuating inventory of the world. A glance, through which, the entire world  unfolds and wherein the image transforms: from place to place, from summer to winter, from culture to culture, from East to West, from night to day, from jungle to city, to desert. A boundless moment, a moment which carries a timeless, eternal rhythm; the rhythm of the river; the rhythm which unifies the whole world and which bears along in its flow, all of humanity. It is the rhythm of life – and its sound is the sound of the planet’s “breathing”. 

— Danae Stratou