Beginning in March and running through June 2017, Synantiseis, a series of public conversations in Athens, introduces documenta through personal stories, reflections, narratives and experiences, film screenings, talks, performances, and DJ sets. How can an exhibition of contemporary art offer multiple perspectives on our global situation? Should exhibitions always respond to the social, cultural, and political realities of daily life? What are the world events that have made an impact on the developments of previous documenta exhibitions, and what impact have these exhibitions had?

documenta 14 Synantiseis invites the public to participate in a series of interdisciplinary sessions to foster a dialogue between the context of documenta exhibitions and the socio-political transformations that have taken place in Greece and the world as a whole. These presentations use different conversation formats to engage the public’s imagination, addressing subjects as varied as political speech and the (de)construction of national identity, resistance through performance art and music, film as poetry, the future of exhibition-making, archiving history, and mourning the past.

Synantiseis is part of aneducation, the public education program of documenta 14. All conversations are conducted in either English or Greek, often with translations into the other language, and take place in different venues across Athens.

Invited Contributors:
Clare Butcher, Panos Charalampous, Marina Fokidis, Hendrik Folkerts, Eirini Gerogianni, Yannis Hamilakis, Georgia Kotretsos, Eirini Papakonstantinou, Nektarios Pappas, Christoph Platz, Gene Ray, Dieter Roelstraete, Monika Szewczyk, Pier Luigi Tazzi, Katerina Tselou, Zafos Xagoraris, Denys Zacharopoulos, Arnisa Zeqo, and Mary Zygouri

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#7 documenta 12
Is Modernity Our Antiquity?

with Yannis Hamilakis and Arnisa Zeqo

(Starting at the pavilion and then walking towards the hill)

Is modernity our antiquity? This was a question posed by documenta 12 in 2007. In light of the social, political…


#6 documenta 10

with Clare Butcher and Georgia Kotretsos

We were not a destination, not part of the extended map. There was land, but we were not en route. The South was not news but still posed a logistical challenge for the usual professionals in transit…


#5 documenta 6
​From a Jacob's Ladder to a TV Bed

with Panos Charalambous, Katerina Tselou, and Zafos Xagoraris

Panos Charalampous, Katerina Tselou, and Zafos Xagoraris see their point of departure as the year 1977. At documenta 6, which was held that year and curated by Manfred Schneckenburger, were presented diverse…


#4 documenta 9
Now in 1992

with Pier Luigi Tazzi, Denys Zacharopoulos, and Monika Szewczyk

We asked two curators of documenta IX—Pier Luigi Tazzi and Denys Zacharopoulos—what it felt like to work during the fall of Communism, and their responses have been surprising. They avoid cliché and…


#3 documenta 7
1982/Performance Legacies/2017

with Hendrik Folkerts and Eirini Papakonstantinou

Hendrik Folkerts and Eirini Papakonstantinou suggest 1982, the year of documenta 7, as a stage to navigate the legacy of various performance histories. While the 1960s and 1970s were defining moments in…


#2 documenta 5
Showdown in Metaxourgio. Diskonekt vs. The Jazz Professor in: The Battle of ‘72

with Dieter Roelstraete and Nektarios Pappas

Dieter Roelstraete and Nektarios Pappas take 1972 as their point of departure, the year of Harald Szeemann’s landmark documenta 5, which evolved into a highly debated model for contemporary exhibition…


#1 documenta 4
documenta 4 1968/Kokkinia 1979/Kokkinia 2017

with Irene Gerogianni and Mary Zygouri

Drawing on the tumultuous date 1968 and documenta 4 from the same year, artist Mary Zygouri and art historian Irene Gerogianni discuss the work of Maria Karavela (1938–2012)—a leading figure in Greek…