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Documenta 14

Learning from Athens

RASHEED ARAEENShamiyaana–Food for Thought: Thought for Change2016–17, 

canopies with geometric patchwork, cooking and eating, dimensions variable.

Photo by Yiannis Hadjiaslanis. Courtesy Documenta.

Documenta 14 artistic director Adam Szymczyk’s decision to stage part of the quinquennial exhibition in Athens was daring, given the fraught relationship between Germany and Greece, dating from the Nazi invasion during World War II to the ongoing debt crisis. Employing sites in the Greek capital, according to Szymczyk, allowed viewers to experience “displacement” firsthand and…

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