When it comes to creating exhibitions, there are two categories that are particularly difficult to pull off: the digital exhibition, laden with technical productions and poor display options, and the exhibition in the public space, which is to jump bureaucratic obstacles while being attentive. to a myriad of community actors.
In an incredibly ambitious move, the Onassis Foundation in Athens organized a digital exhibition “Plásmata: Bodies, Dreams and Data” at Pedion tou Areos, or Battlefield of Ares, a former military training ground since converted to the one of the largest parks in the city. ..
“And you know, it was like a battle,” said Afroditi Panagiotakou, culture director at the Onassis Foundation. ART news. Lying on a sofa in the Onassis offices, dressed in a mesh disco suit and wedge heels, Panagiotakou spoke of the challenge of orchestrating the massive public enterprise.
“When it comes to the things that we do in our own room, we really don’t care if we’re going to be liked or not,” she said. “But when we go into the public space, there shouldn’t be that trust. You have to find the delicate balance between: how am I going to present worthy and stimulating works, and also respecting the fact that I am acting in a public space.
This question seems to sum up Panagiotakou’s personality, which contains both a strong sense of her tastes and values, while being deeply aware of her duties. Besides its civic ethos, Onassis’ cultural funding is unrivaled in Greece and represents a huge liability for everyone involved.