Commissioner: National Gallery - Alexandros Soutsos Museum (represented by the Director, Professor Marina Lambraki Plaka)
Curator: Heinz Peter Schwerfel
Exhibitor: Loukia Alavanou
The artist and filmmaker Loukia Alavanou invites the public to a utopic voyage through time and space. Her installation Oedipus In Search of Colonus links the cultural past of classical Greece – especially the work of theatre author Sophocles – to the social reality of today, by showing the desperate existence of Roma communities in Nea Zoi, west of Athens. Loukia Alavanou and her team do so by using futuristic technologies of filmmaking, casting Roma as actors for a Sophocles play, and by creating a dramatic yet intimate atmosphere in the Greek Pavilion, which becomes a self-reflective island in the middle of the world’s biggest exhibition. Art as an impossible place. Utopia.