Documenta 14 – one of the largest and most important contemporary art events in the world – opens officially in Athens this weekend. Some of the most recognized artists of our time will be exhibiting their works in dozens of venues around the city. This is the first time that the Documenta exhibition is taking place outside of its hometown in Kassel, Germany. Embassy Athens is supporting Documenta 14, and in particular the Victoria Square Project) by artist Rick Lowe.
Known for the Project Row House, Rick Lowe is a well-known creator focusing on the convergence of community and art. For his Victoria Square Project in Athens he worked with local NGOs, community groups, store owners and longtime inhabitants of the area of Victoria Square to develop a popup art space on Elpidos Street. The VSP venue is now open to the area community for exhibits, discussions and workshops. The goal of the project is to bring art close to local communities, especially communities with diverse ethnic and social backgrounds – and present art as a way to engage and bring communities together. The “Victoria Square Project” is engaging leaders of community organizations in Athens, residents, business owners and the municipality of Athens in a process that celebrates cultural diversity. The long term goal is that this community art project will be a catalyst for establishing a platform for collaboration and integration for the diverse cultures among the Kypseli neighborhood.