Laboratory of Dilemmas

George Drivas' work for the 57th Venice Biennale at EMST, 2018

Polyeco Contemporary Art Initiative is a proud supporter of the Laboratory of Dilemmas, George Drivas’ work for the Pavilion of Greece at the 57th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia. After its original presentation in Venice the Laboratory of Dilemmas will be presented at EMST National Museum of Contemporary Art from March 29 to July 1, 2018. 

It constitutes a narrative video installation based on Aeschylus’ Iketides (Suppliant Women), a play that poses a dilemma between saving the Foreigner and maintaining the Native’s safety. Addressing current global sociopolitical issues, the work deals with issues like the anguish and puzzlement of individuals and social groups when addressing similar problematics. The Laboratory of Dilemmas focuses on the play’s dilemma through found footage of an unfinished scientific documentary. The depicted experiment was never completed for unknown reasons and it is presented in the form of a Labyrinth of multiple video and sound sources that develop into a unique audiovisual experience. A number of acclaimed international actors and actresses, like Charlotte Rampling, Yorgos Kotanidis and Kora Karvouni, are participating in the videos. George Drivas’ work has received raging reviews and it has been included in the Venice Biennale’s highlights by Aesthetica, Elle Décor and Architectural Digest magazine amongst others.

The exhibition opens on Thursday, March 29 at 19:30; George Drivas (artist), Orestis Andreadakis (curator), Katerina Koskina (Museum Director), Lydia Koniordou (Minister of Culture) and Athanasios Polychronopoulos (PCAI Founder and Director) will be present during the event.

The Laboratory of Dilemmas
Artist || George Drivas
Curator || Orestis Andreadakis

Opening || Thursday, March 29, 2018 at 19:30
Duration || March 29 – July 1, 2018

EMST National Museum of Contemporary Art
Kallirrois ave. & Amvr. Frantzi str., 11743 Athens, Greece