Curated by: Maria Tsantsanoglou

If we observe what is happening in the world of contemporary art today, we obviously realize that many artists are facing evident difficulties. These differ from place to place, but they are, nevertheless, difficulties. In the so-called Western world — in the countries where there is great activity in contemporary art (events, programmes, institutions, scholarships, residencies, biennales, galleries, a market, collectors)—there are many artists, and in their concern to maintain an active presence in this world they sometimes consume part of themselves trying to participate in events, to create something different that will impress or provoke viewers. On the other hand, there are artists who for geopolitical and economic reasons do not have easy access to the art world establishment, which has for centuries now has been driven by the rules of the Western market. These artists cannot easily show their work. Because, however, they are outside the competitive milieu, their creative processes are sometimes more honourable and sincere.
There are moments when all artists have to face disappointment, but dialogue is equally important for the artists of both worlds. All societies are tending towards some sort of homogenisation of daily life, communications have become simpler and digital technology and the internet have almost nullified time. It is the very concept of “heterotopy” that could add a new dimension to the concept of globalisation.
There is much talk today about globalisation. I do not think that it harbours substantial dangers: it is, rather, the very evolution of our lives, and this evolution cannot easily be overturned in democratic societies. It is, however, certain that the concept of time is not what it used to be. Today, it is not so much time as place, and the movement from place to place, that is important. In the past, only caravans and soldiers moved from place to place. Then came the explorers and the emigrants. Today, we are all on the road, because this is what our mode of life requires.
It was the West that forged the path from colonialism to globalisation. The very real danger that the war against terrorism might be transformed into a clash of civilisations might be avoided by safeguarding coequal dialogue among cultures. And I believe that the Biennale will illuminate and show off the place that is and was Thessaloniki, and how to welcome other, different places and cultures that will communicate through the wonderful common language of art.

Maria Tsantsanoglou

Moni Lazariston / Bazaar Hamam / Warehouse C, Thessaloniki Port Area / Museum of Byzantine Culture / Courtyard of the Archaelogical Museum of Thessaloniki
21/05 - 30/09 2007
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