Lee Wells Brings IFAC Arts to Athens
Installation view of “ΚΑΤΑΣΤΑΣΗ/ Situation Athina” at IFAC Arts, Athens. Courtesy of IFAC Arts.
With “ΚΑΤΑΣΤΑΣΗ/ Situation Athina”—a group show featuring a wide array of international contemporary art—IFAC Arts inaugurates its new space in Athens, Greece, and furthers its mission to be what it describes as “an extended global conceptual performance.” Founded nearly 20 years ago by the multidisciplinary artist and curator
IFAC’s Athens space will serve as the organization’s European headquarters for the next few years, and very likely beyond. With “Situation Athina,” Wells, who curated the show, establishes the project in its new city and provides a taste of what’s to come. The exhibition includes work by several Greek artists, among them
Wells has also included his own work in the show, a tongue-in-cheek (and one might say site-specific) sculptural installation titled, Shredding the Classics (2015). It consists of a black paper shredder plugged into the wall and ready for use. A pile of shredded paper has formed at the back of this device. In front, he’s placed a haphazard assortment of books on different works of classical Greek literature published by National Geographic. With this wry installation, Wells casts a critical eye on the newest country to play host to IFAC Arts, and suggests that its mission to keep pace with the new might mean out with the old.
“ΚΑΤΑΣΤΑΣΗ/ Situation Athina” is on view at IFAC Arts, Athens, Oct. 31 – Dec. 21, 2015.