Adnan Softić, Novi Sad – Atina, part of the installation Room to Negotiate, video still, Novi Sad/RS, 2022, © Adnan Softić


29. Apr 2023 - 16. Jun 2023
Gothe-Institut Greece
Omirou 14-16
100 33 Athens

Opening & Performance by Ivana Ivković: 28.04.2023, 19:00

The co-creative exhibition project EVROVIZION.CROSSING STORIES AND SPACES explores the current social and political climate in Europe and the idea of a European identity. The focus is on less visible and marginalised geopolitical and cultural spaces, in particular in southeast and eastern Europe. These are so-called semi-peripheries and places of diversity that often play only a minor role in many international theoretical discourses and exhibition practices, such as the multi-ethnic city of Sarajevo – the first venue of the project.

EVROVIZION focuses on less visible and marginalized geopolitical and cultural spaces, in particular in southeastern and eastern Europe. These are so-called "semi-peripheries" and "places of diversity" that often play only a minor role in many international theoretical discourses and exhibition practices. In close cooperation with regional protagonists and each local art scene, new artistic projects are being added to the exhibition during the course of its tour.

After the presentations at the History Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Museum of Contemporary Art of Vojvodina in Serbia, the exhibition is coming to Goethe-Institut Athen in Greece. A smaller selection of the artworks will be shown in Athens; yet, at the same time, the project has been expanded to include a new work by Greek artist Maria Tsagkari – curated by Ioli Tzanetaki. Further local expansion of the exhibition is also planned: the artists Johanna Diehl and Adnan Softić will develop new works in close cooperation with local actors.

The exhibition in Athens starts with a special opening event on April 28, during which the artist Ivana Ivković will perform her work MONUMENT: THE SCHOOL OF ATHENS. Artists Johanna Diehl, Adnan Softić and Maria Tsagkari will be present during the opening ceremony as well, where they will be available to discuss their work with the public. Exhibition curator Sanja Kojić Mladenov and local curator Ioli Tzanetaki will guide visitors through the show. Dora Vasilakou, fellow of the Slavs and Tatars’ international residency program, will be welcoming the audience to the Pickle Bar installation.

Both the residency-mentorship program and the Pickle Bar installation by the artists’ collective Slavs and Tatars are part of the EVROVIZION project. The integration of the Pickle Bar installation into the exhibition creates an open space for local dialogues. Before each exhibition opens, a young local professional (an artist, curator and/or researcher) is chosen to participate in the Pickle Bar mentorship program in Berlin. For two months, they are integrated into the artists’ studio and mentored in their personal projects – some of which may eventually be presented as part of EVROVIZION. Slavs and Tatars and ifa selected the young Greek curator and researcher Dora Vasilakou as a fellow of the 2022 Pickle Bar residency-mentorship program. Vasilakou will co-curate the Pickle Bar performance, to be presented in Athens in June 2023. Further public events and guided tours will be announced soon.

Following the exhibition in Athens, a new issue of the EVROVIZION magazine will be published, thus enriching the "archive of the journey". Edited by Danai Giannoglou, EVROVIZION.CROSSING ATHENS will be dedicated to the presentation of the ever-growing project in Athens and its impact on the city’s cultural identity.

A project by ifa – Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen, it is being presented in Athens in cooperation with Goethe-Institut Athen, and EMΣT | National Museum of Contemporary Art Athens.


Cities of the travelling exhibition
Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2021), Novi Sad (Serbia, 2021–22), Athens (Greece, 2023), Nicosia (Cyprus, 2023), Tbilisi (Georgia, 2024), Chișinău (Republic of Moldova, 2024), Varna (Bulgaria, 2025), Brussels (Belgium, 2025), Kraków (Poland, 2026), Vilnius (Republic of Lithuania, 2026), Kaliningrad (Russian Federation, 2027), Berlin (Germany, 2027)

Artists participating in the EVROVIZION.CROSSING STORIES AND SPACES project
Nevin Aladağ, Igor Bošnjak, Vajiko Chachkhiani, Lana Čmajčanin, Johanna Diehl, Petrit Halilaj, Ivana Ivković, Janine Jembere, Vladimir Miladinović, Henrike Naumann, Selma Selman, Emilija Škarnulytė, Slavs and Tatars, Adnan Softić, Maria Tsagkari

Artists participating in the exhibition in Athens
Lana Čmajčanin, Johanna Diehl, Ivana Ivković, Henrike Naumann, Selma Selman, Slavs and Tatars, Adnan Softić, Maria Tsagkari

Sabina Klemm, Sanja Kojić Mladenov

Local curator
Ioli Tzanetaki

Local co-editor of the EVROVIZION.CROSSING ATHENS magazine
Danai Giannoglou

Fellow of the Pickle Bar residency, Local co-curator of the Pickle Bar performance
Dora Vasilakou

Local artists of the Pickle Bar performance
VASKOS (multidisciplinary artistic duo by Vassilis Noulas and Kostas Tzimoulis)


Official exhibition website

In collaboration with

Goethe-Institut Athen
EMΣT | National Museum of Contemporary Art Athens

Impressions from the exhibition opening

Exhibitions worldwide

With over 20 touring exhibitions currently travelling across the globe and with its diverse event programmes on contemporary art, the ifa links the German art scene with internationally active cultural creators and forms cooperations and networks. The projects, many of which were developed in co-creation with local partners, cover the various disciplines of modern and contemporary fine arts – from current themes in architecture, photography and design to Bauhaus and monographic exhibitions such as Rosemarie Trockel or Wolfgang Tillmans. These projects generate local meeting platforms and allow international perspectives on topics of global relevance. The ifa also provides loan exhibits to interested museums.

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