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

Pha603 08 (c)image: National Museum of Contemporary Art (EMST), Athens
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In Stefanos Tsivopoulos’ Land, the viewer watches three men of different nationalities who wake up on a rocky beach. Like castaways, they begin to wonder out loud, each in his own language, about the land in which they ended up stranded. The camera is gradually revealing parts of this land to eventually disclose, unexpectedly, to the viewer that this place is in fact an uninhabitable desert island. Its only three non-indigenous inhabitants are attempting to describe it notionally with their questions: “What is the name of this place? Who owns this place? Can this territory be defined topographically and geographically or is it like a vacuum?”. Being something between a tragicomic episode and a philosophical video essay on the notional qualities of a place, Land reframes important timeless questions about territory, borders and population shifts.

- Stamatis Schizakis, EMST