THE UNWRITTEN LIBRARY, AN EXHIBITION TRILOGY

Curated by Anna Kafetsi

The newly established annexM, a visual arts centre in Athens Concert Hall, is organising a trilogy of exhibitions focusing on Books/Readers/Writers to take place during Athens 2018 World Book Capital.
Revolving around this threefold theme, these three exhibitions seek to explore the complex networks of relations and interconnections emerging at the intersection of textuality and orality, book/text and body, private and public space.

Part 1: The Last Reader

Duration: 10 July–16 September 2018

Venues: Garden and Project Space

 

Part 2: After Babel

Duration: November 2018 – February 2019

Venues: Main exhibition space, Project Space and other Megaron areas

The second part of the trilogy focuses on books and texts through their physical, hybrid, or intangible reality.
Objects of desire and main characters in new fictions, books generate enchantment and emotion through the exhibits. They cross paths with the vision and other senses. Through processes both linguistic and conceptual, they open an ambiguous, often hermetic space of reading. The viewer-reader crosses its boundaries to go beyond knowledge and meaning, sometimes even beyond writing itself, into uncharted aesthetic territories.
Works on view will include paintings, sculptures, installations, and video installations, artists’ books, and web art, some of which will be new productions.

 

Part 3: A Room of One’s Own

Duration: April–September 2019

Venues: Main exhibition space, Project Space and other Megaron areas

The last part of the trilogy is dedicated to writing. The title, borrowed from Virginia Woolf’s celebrated 1929 essay, clearly, though not exclusively, refers to the physical as well as metaphorical space that the novelist regarded as indispensable for women writers if they were to transcend their isolation and marginalisation. The writer’s room, or ‘The Pavilion of the Limpid Solitude’ (Borges), the study as a way of thinking and writing, where an author withdraws to write a book, is another broad metaphor for the act of writing itself, for a return to subjectivity, and for the right of various minorities to speech on the artistic, social, and political levels, in today’s order of things.
Works on view will include paintings, sculptures, installations, and video installations, artists’ books, and web art, some of which will be new productions.