Video presentation; Talk; Discussion Everything is in a state of Change

Thu, 03.06.2021

9:00 PM

Open-Air Cinema „Aiolia“



You are warmly invited to attend the official opening of the project “Everything Is in a State of Change” at the Aiolia open-air cinema in Kesariani.
Everything Is in a State of Change is a project conceived by curator Daphne Vitali (GR/IT) on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Joseph Beuys’s birth following an invitation of the Goethe-Institut Athen. In order to pay homage to one of the most important and influential artists of the post-war period, the curator has invited two mid-career international artists Jennifer Nelson (GR/US) and Janis Rafa (GR/NL) to produce new works, referring to and dialoguing with Joseph Beuys’s diverse body of work and artistic research.
Jennifer Nelson and Janis Rafa are two artists whose artistic preoccupations are related to Beuys’s vast artistic practice, methodologies, and ideas as well as his stand on ecology. The artists’ new commissioned works engage – directly or indirectly – with environmental issues and more specifically with the relationship and interconnection between the human and the animal worlds. Both artists are drawn to the animal kingdom and focus on the biological, ethical, and philosophical connections that bind us to animals by creating artworks that are filtered by abstractions and metaphors, tackle social issues, and create an open perception of reality. The two new video works by the two artists each create a very different universe and visual narrative, yet both reflect on trauma, existence, violence, and change.
You can find further information about the video works and the project here.


Stefanie Peter, Head of Cultural Programms Goethe-Institut Athen, Daphne Vitali, art historian and curator and Georgia Sagri (GR), artist and professor at ASFA, will give a welcome address.
The special guest Cord Riechelmann (DE), biologist, philosopher, and journalist, will give a short talk on Beuys and animals.
Following the presentation of the new video works, the two artists Janis Rafa and Jennifer Nelson will discuss their work with the audience.

The evening is run in cooperation with the Athens School of Fine Arts (ASFA).

All COVID-19 safety measures issued by the Greek government are being implemented.
Please wear a face mask.