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Dec. 17 2020 - Feb. 28 2021
Anthropocene On Hold exhibition
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Extension and catalogue: contributions by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Nadim Samman, Selina Nwulu

Anthropocene On Hold, PCAI’s first online group exhibition on environmental awareness in the covid-19 era, opened in May 2020 on PCAI’s YouTube Channel, receiving an overwhelming number of visitors and reviews. The exhibition is extended until February 2021, whereas the same year a selection of the new commissions will be showcased in PCAI headquarters in Piraeus. The exhibition is accompanied by a bilingual catalogue with contributions by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Serpentine Galleries artistic director, Nadim Samman, curator for the digital sphere at KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Selina Nwulu, writer and 2015 Young Poet laureate for London, Athanasios Polychronopoulos, Polyeco Group executive chairman and PCAI founder and director, and Kika Kyriakakou, PCAI artistic director.

The Anthropocene was popularised as an environmental term at the dawn of the 21st century by Paul Crutzen, the Dutch Nobel laureate and pioneer on atmospheric chemistry; it constitutes a proposed geological epoch that starts with the beginning of the first important human impact on Earth’s geology and ecosystems, including climate change caused by human activity. On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organisation officially declared the outbreak of a new virus, under the name covid-19, a pandemic. The invisible threat has taken its toll on human life and safety, as well as global economy and collective action, forcing isolation or restricted access to public areas as precautionary measures. Vacant, desolate streets and cities in the midst of social distress, financial uncertainty and climate crisis, echo the urban void and the urgency to remain vigilant and socially alert.

During the unsettling times of a global pandemic and national lockdowns, which seem to have emerged out of dystopic fiction, what does it mean for earth and the anthropocene to remain on hold? Which are the challenges and the environmental concerns that are raised for an artist? How can social distancing and quarantine reshape artistic practices and environmental narratives? In which ways can covid-19 impact environmental crisis and our general perception of the issue? In response to this unprecedented and urgent situtation and its toll on theplanet’s well-being and safety, PCAI, on the occasion of the Anthropocene On Hold exhibition, has invited 20 international visual artists to address the gravity of a global pandemic and its impact on art engagement and production as well as earth’s resilience and sustainability. The exhibition and the publication features works by Anthropocene On Hold artists James Bridle, Ionian Bisai & Sotiris Tsiganos, Matthias Fritsch, Kyriaki Goni, Markus Hanakam & Roswitha Schuller, Hypercomf, Rindon Johnson, Evi Kalogiropoulou, Lito Kattou, Bianca Kennedy and the Swan Collective, Marcin Liminowicz & Trang Ha, Charly Nijensohn, Kosmas Nikolaou, Ira Schneider and Andrew Norman Wilson.

To browse through the Anthropocene On Hold catalogue on issuu visit the link below:
https://issuu.com/pcai1/docs/catalogue__q

To visit the Anthropoce On Hold exhibition on PCAI’s YouTube Channel visit the link below:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKThYXergdup6X4g6ndTC2w

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Extension and catalogue: contributions by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Nadim Samman, Selina Nwulu

Anthropocene On Hold, PCAI’s first online group exhibition on environmental awareness in the covid-19 era, opened in May 2020 on PCAI’s YouTube Channel, receiving an overwhelming number of visitors and reviews. The exhibition is extended until February 2021, whereas the same year a selection of the new commissions will be showcased in PCAI headquarters in Piraeus. The exhibition is accompanied by a bilingual catalogue with contributions by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Serpentine Galleries artistic director, Nadim Samman, curator for the digital sphere at KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Selina Nwulu, writer and 2015 Young Poet laureate for London, Athanasios Polychronopoulos, Polyeco Group executive chairman and PCAI founder and director, and Kika Kyriakakou, PCAI artistic director.

The Anthropocene was popularised as an environmental term at the dawn of the 21st century by Paul Crutzen, the Dutch Nobel laureate and pioneer on atmospheric chemistry; it constitutes a proposed geological epoch that starts with the beginning of the first important human impact on Earth’s geology and ecosystems, including climate change caused by human activity. On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organisation officially declared the outbreak of a new virus, under the name covid-19, a pandemic. The invisible threat has taken its toll on human life and safety, as well as global economy and collective action, forcing isolation or restricted access to public areas as precautionary measures. Vacant, desolate streets and cities in the midst of social distress, financial uncertainty and climate crisis, echo the urban void and the urgency to remain vigilant and socially alert.

During the unsettling times of a global pandemic and national lockdowns, which seem to have emerged out of dystopic fiction, what does it mean for earth and the anthropocene to remain on hold? Which are the challenges and the environmental concerns that are raised for an artist? How can social distancing and quarantine reshape artistic practices and environmental narratives? In which ways can covid-19 impact environmental crisis and our general perception of the issue? In response to this unprecedented and urgent situtation and its toll on theplanet’s well-being and safety, PCAI, on the occasion of the Anthropocene On Hold exhibition, has invited 20 international visual artists to address the gravity of a global pandemic and its impact on art engagement and production as well as earth’s resilience and sustainability. The exhibition and the publication features works by Anthropocene On Hold artists James Bridle, Ionian Bisai & Sotiris Tsiganos, Matthias Fritsch, Kyriaki Goni, Markus Hanakam & Roswitha Schuller, Hypercomf, Rindon Johnson, Evi Kalogiropoulou, Lito Kattou, Bianca Kennedy and the Swan Collective, Marcin Liminowicz & Trang Ha, Charly Nijensohn, Kosmas Nikolaou, Ira Schneider and Andrew Norman Wilson.

To browse through the Anthropocene On Hold catalogue on issuu visit the link below:
https://issuu.com/pcai1/docs/catalogue__q

To visit the Anthropoce On Hold exhibition on PCAI’s YouTube Channel visit the link below:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKThYXergdup6X4g6ndTC2w

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