Guilty Landscapes, episode 1
“Did I feel pity, shame, or admiration? After all she looked proud and happy, not anxious or tormented. Not exactly a victim.”
A visitor on Guilty Landscapes
The continual availability of news on laptops, TVs and smartphones makes us perpetual witnesses to complex situations across the globe. Daily, we are confronted with images of poverty and despair; unsettling images; images that make us ill at ease.
With the large-scale video installation Guilty Landscapes that will be exhibited at the National Museum of Contemporary Art (EMST), Dutch artist Dries Verhoeven brings the reality of these uncomfortable news images confrontationally close. The artist poses the question of whether a personal connection is possible between the viewer and the person being viewed. What if the news were to look back at the audience? What if the protagonists on the evening news were to look us in the eye?
Dries Verhoeven is already well-known to the Athenian audience, having presented his piece Phobiarama – an all-black ‘haunted house’ installation – at Syntagma Square in 2017 (Fast Forward Festival). Verhoeven’s work highlights various aspects of contemporary society, especially the current crisis mindset and the influence of digital media on interpersonal relationships. Blurring the boundary between performance and installation art, his unique piece Guilty Landscapes evokes a shared vulnerability between the viewer and the viewed work, unlocking the potential for a deeper connection.
Guilty Landscapes consists of four episodes, created by the artist in 2016, on commission by various European cities. The first episode of the series will be presented at Athens & Epidaurus Festival.
Opening hours: 14:00-19:00 (closed on Mondays)
Free admission, on a first-come, first-served basis
Each visitor is alone inside the installation for approximately 8-10 minutes
National Museum of Contemporary Art (EMST) | Athens
- 24/06 until 03/07/2018 at 10:00
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Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus | Little Theatre of Ancient Epidaurus | Peiraios 260 | Odeon of Herodes Atticus | Ancient Stadium Of Epidaurus | Megaron - The Athens Concert Hall | Athens | St. Paul’s Anglican Church | Athens School of Fine Arts | Benizelos Mansion (Archontiko Benizelon) | Institut français | National Archaeological Museum | National Museum of Contemporary Art (EMST) | Athens | National Garden | Lais Open Air Cinema | Icthyoskala Keratsiniou | Miltiadou 20 & Nikiou 18 | National Bank of Greece Cultural Foundation | Benaki Museum | Piraeus Port, Gate E1 | Alexandras Square | Avdi Square | Syntagma Square | Athens Conservatoire | Megaro Hypatia