Loukia Alavanou. Oedipus in Search of Colonus. The Greek Pavilion at the 59th Venice Biennale

Loukia Alavanou, 2022
Loukia Alavanou, 2022
  • Date

    23/04/2022 27/11/2022
  • Location

    Giardini, Venice, IT

The artist and filmmaker Loukia Alavanou invites the public to a utopic voyage through time and space. Her installation Oedipus in Search of Colonus links the cultural past of classical Greece – especially the work of theatre author Sophocles – to the social reality of today, by showing the desperate existence of Roma communities in Nea Zoi, west of Athens. Loukia Alavanou and her team do so by using futuristic technologies of filmmaking, casting Roma as actors for a Sophocles play, and by creating a dramatic yet intimate atmosphere in the Greek pavilion, which becomes a self-reflective island in the middle of the world’s biggest exhibition. Art as an impossible place. Utopia.