Strange Cities
SGT ATHENS
2016
For this exhibition, curated by Double Decker in collaboration with the Onassis Cultural Centre, artists from around the world were invited to create images of Athens on one condition: that they had never actually visited the city. Participating artists were provided with an ‘inspiration box’ containing a poem, a recipe, a scent, a book, the music and sounds of Athens, but no visual references. The exhibition was staged in a semi-derelict landmark in downtown Athens, rarely visited even by locals. In designing the exhibition, we recreated this sense of dislocation from reality by setting up a series of parallel universes. Each artist’s work was surrounded by transparent screens, opaque curtains, or layered frames designed to shift your perspective — subtle filters that put the viewer in the same mind-set as the artist.