Polyeco S.A., in the context of its Social Corporate Responsibility (PCAI), is a proud supporter of the Laboratory of Dilemmas, George Drivas' work for the Pavilion of Greece at the 57th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia. After its original presentation in Venice, the Laboratory of Dilemmas will be presented at EMST National Museum of Contemporary Art from March 29 to July 1, 2018. It is a narrative video installation – based on Aeschylus’ theatre play Iketides (Suppliant Women), which poses a dilemma between saving the Foreigner and maintaining the safety of the Native. Addressing current global sociopolitical issues, the work deals with the anguish, puzzlement, and confusion of individuals and social groups when called upon to address similar dilemmas.
Laboratory of Dilemmas focuses on the play’s dilemma through the excerpts of an unfinished documentary in the form of found footage about a scientific experiment. This experiment was never completed for unknown reasons, however the found excerpts of the unfinished documentary reveal today, after so many years, details of the experiment, as well as the hopes of the professor who envisioned it and the disagreements with his co-researchers. The story is presented piecemeal through multiple video and sound sources inside a Labyrinth.
The acclaimed actress Charlotte Rampling has a leading role in the videos of Laboratory of Dilemmas, along with other well-known Greek actors such as Yorgos Kotanidis, Lazaros Georgakopoulos, Kora Karvouni, Polydoros Vogiatzis, Rena Kyprioti, Panis Kalofolias.
The Laboratory of Dilemmas (Greek Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale)
Artist George Drivas
Curator Orestis Andreadakis
Opening Thursday, March 29, 2018 at 19:30
Duration March 29 – July 1, 2018
EMST National Museum of Contemporary Art
Kallirrois ave. & Amvr. Frantzi str., 11743 Athens, Greece