Greece is the only southern European country to participate in the program featuring 138 artists from 40 countries. Laskari’s artwork
is a 2-minutes-long 3D animation, showing the panic of a cat trapped on a balcony of a closed office somewhere in the center of Athens – symbolically depicting an image of how people suffer from the ongoing crisis and the austerity policies implemented in Greece, as well as how people try to resist.
According to the artist, one could potentially add to the ‘labels’, which always represented the image of Greece, some new ones. On the side of emblematic terms like the ‘Parthenon’, the ‘Acropolis’ , and ‘cradle of Democracy’, new predicates are added, such as ‘insecurity’, ‘fear’, ‘anger’, ‘social turmoil’ and ‘solidarity’.
The Museum of Fine Arts in Caracas is the main venue that will host the Biennial’s exhibitions, workshops, symposia, meetings and conferences which are organized on the initiative of Venezuela’s Ministry of Popular Power and are materialized under the auspices of the Institute of Representational and Spatial Arts (IARTES).
The aim is to build bridges of cultural interaction from the peoples in resistance, located on five continents. As the director of Development of the Arts in the Communities of IARTES, Diosman Bobadilla, put it: “The goal
is to demonstrate art in resistance and to show the political connotation of visual art, which some sectors aim to unlink”.