'Why look at animals?' AGRIMIKÁ

Greece - Biennale Arte 2015

Greek Pavilion in Venice presents Maria Papadimitriou’s installation, Why Look at Animals? AGRIMIKÁ, a shop as a vestige of the past that sells animal hides and leather, transferred from the central Greek city of Volos, where it operates. 

Why look at animals? AGRIMIKA
Project inspiration and images

The taxidermy shop's entrance in Volos, Greece

The owner inside his shop, among his personal treasures

A close-up on the owner's collection, found inside the shop

A close-up on the owner's collection, found inside the shop. Here image of St. Mark square in Venice, that the owner placed, wishing to go one day - a point of inspiration for the artist to bring the exhibition in Venice.

The Artist Maria Papadimitriou representing Greece at the 56th Venice Biennale

Opening of the Greek Pavilion - Giardini, Venice
The official opening of the Greek Pavilion in Venice, 6th of May 2015

Maria Papadimitriou proudly talking about her work for the 56th Venice Biennale

A view of the shop entrance and the laboratory inside the Greek Pavilion

Inside the shop at the Greek Pavilion, with all the original objects and material from the shop in Volos

The artist Maria Papadimitriou and the curator Gabi Scardi

Visitors of the Greek Pavilion enjoying the Giardini and the Greek traditional treats

Inside the crowded Greek Pavilion while at the opening.

Visitors enjoy the 'Agrimika' documentary inside the Pavilion

The laboratory room on view, allowing the visitor to explore more the process of installation

The entrance of the shop inside the Greek Pavilion, mirroring the actual shop's entrance in Volos, Greece

Video installation with documentary unfolding the story of the owner of the shop, in Volos Greece where the shop operates.

Maria Papadimitriou created some special accessories made by traditional Greek cow bells for the visitors to enjoy, especially their sound!

The shop entrance and the laboratory room, installation view, Greek Pavilion in Venice.

Courtesy T.A.M.A. Temporary Autonomous Museum for All and the Artist

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We would like to thank the Commissioner, the Ministry of Culture, Education and Religious Affairs in Greece

Messieurs Philip & Spyros Niarchos for their generous support

Our great sponsor, Onassis Foundation and also DESTE Foundation for Contemporary Art, OUTSET Greece, Calamos Investments, nctm e l'arte, Harry David Athens, University of Thessaly and TAMA

Finally we would like to thank the curators Gabi Scardi & Alexios Papazacharias and all the team of the Greek Pavilion for their work and dedication as well as Pickles PR for the international PR support.

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