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Never Cross the Same River Twice

Chapter 2: Transhistorical Investigations
June 12–September 25, 2021
space52, Athens

You live in the imaginary [Tu vis dans l’imaginaire] and through it, you become who you are.Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige

Never Cross the Same River Twice embraces expansive videographies that aim to foster new forms of transnational and collective assembly. Curated by French-Togolese independent curator Kisito Assangni and Greek-British curator Ariana Kalliga, the exhibition forms a time-shifting survey of performances and moving image works unfolding as a daily screening program at space52.

The selected video works act as sites of visual contestation; cinematic aesthetics with narratives that re-remember; they reclaim histories and ancestries; decolonize both the mind and the imagination. Referencing Heraclitus’ river, which conceived identity as an ever-evolving and fluctuating entity, the title of the exhibition is a call to invent new grounds in place of entrenched environmental, political, and regulatory systems.

Exploring the limits of film as activism, several of the works reflect what Argentinian scholar Walter D. Mignolo termed the “epistemic disobedience and decolonial freedom” needed to rebuild just and non-colonial futures. The invited artists tackle subjects that challenge us to reflect on the changing world in which we live, reclaiming lived realities and public domains.

From a “coming community” to a planetary escape, the exhibition opens up uncanny spectral exits to new geopolitical and collective imaginaries. Accompanied by a parallel series of bi-weekly screenings and talks, including a night organized by the Athens School of Fine Arts (LAB12), Never Cross the Same River Twice aims to expand and densify the interconnected motifs weaved through the exhibition program; history, ancestry, ethnography, spirituality, memory, colonization, Afrofuturism, feminism, diaspora, identity, globalization, consumerism, myth.

Never Cross the Same River Twice was initiated as a travelling research project in 2020, and was presented in Spring 2021 at Bienalsur, Buenos Aires, and Hangar, Lisbon, prior to arriving at Athens and transforming into its current form.

The exhibition is supported by the NEON Organization and Polyeco Contemporary Art Initiative (PCAI).

Participating Artists

Monica de Miranda, Moataz Nasr, Harold Offeh, Ahmet Öğüt, Longinos Nagila, Gilivanka Kedzior, Daisuke Takeya, Emo de Medeiros, Marinella Senatore, Sammy Baloji and Lazara Rosell Albear, Mary Zygouri, Eva Papamargariti, George Drivas, Valentina Karga, Ariana Papademetropoulos, Stefanos Tsivopoulos
Curated by Kisito Assangni and Ariana Kalliga

Opening Hours: Please note that due to the summer heat & schedules we are now open only by appointment.


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