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“Transcultures”

Megaron Mousikis

Curated by the director of the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Athens, Anna Kafetsi, “Transcultures” gathered together the work of an impressive group of artists, among them Gary Hill, Mona Hatoum, Wolfgang Laib, Shirin Neshat, and Bill Viola, who were asked to address the subject of identity in relation to the modern condition of encounter, interaction, and confrontation between different cultures. Greece might be, in fact, an ideal place for dealing with such a topic, not so much because it hosted last year’s Olympics, but because exploring the variables of human nature while rooting them in displacement and journeying has preoccupied the Greeks since ancient times.

Addressing the issue of forced migration, Emily Jacir’s twelve photographs from the series “Bethlehem and Ramallah, April 2002,” and a work in progress titled Memorial to 418 Palestinian Villages Which Were Destroyed,

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