The catalogue of Greece's participation in the 2022 Venice Biennale, featuring the work of Loukia Alavanou
At the 59th International Art Exhibition of the Biennale di Venezia, Loukia Alavanou is representing Greece by inviting the public to travel through time and space. Her VR360 film and installation Oedipus in Search of Colonus links the cultural heritage of classical Greece – specifically the work of the playwright Sophocles – to the social realities of today by showing the desperate existence of Roma communities in the region of Nea Zoi, west of Athens. Working with a film team and using futuristic technologies, Alavanou cast Roma as actors in the third play of Sophocles’ Oedipus cycle. This film and an accompanying sound installation are presented in a dramatic yet intimate atmosphere within the Greek Pavilion, which becomes a self-reflective island in the middle of one of the world’s biggest international exhibitions. Art an impossible place. U-topia.