Allegories are symbolic figures which identify ideas and give to the abstraction a face, an expression, a position, a costume which reveals the meaning. Victory has wings, Death is a skeleton with scythe, when Spring is surrounded by flowers. The Allegory can freeze the temporality of an idea, like the gold fleece, the holy grail, the “immortal" water, or the Spring of Youth.
The Greek mythology humanizes everything, the muse, the grace, the winds. The Gods give form and behavior to all the main powers of the universe. In the Greek national anthem Freedom, exhausted, poor but full of courage lives her life of a constant struggle. An empire holds a specter and democracy wears on her head laurel leaves, war wears black and red symboling ash and blood. But what happens when a symbolism goes beyond the extreme of its meaning.
The title of the Mykonos Biennale 2017 is Trans-Allegoria. It raises (and answers) the question of the capacity of Art to initiates, introduce and captivate. Art which transforms energy into creation and creation into life.
The saga of the Great Ideas, at the transcendental Island that changes everyone into something new, something that discovers only in place.
Boxes with the label “Antidote” has beeen sent to 24 artists around the world. The artists returned the boxes with a piece of art inspired by the theme - Antidote. The boxes will be hidden on the sacred island of Delos. A treasure hunt will be organized, where visitors will scatter around the island to find the “treasures”. Our long term goal is to attain the first floating museum - maybe an old war ship- where the artworks of the Mykonos Biennale will be exhibited, the museum of Archipelago.
2019 Antidote artists include:
A Night of Philosophy is a nocturnal event, inviting philosophers and artists to create a unique encounter between Philosophy, Art and the general Public. It is a sort of championship between Art and Philosophy about the meaning of things. It is based on profusion, simultaneity and free access. As a site-specific staged event, A Night of Philosophy offers each time a new experience. After Paris, Berlin, London, New York, Helsinki, UNESCO's Paris headquarters, Brooklyn, Lima, A Night of Philosophy will be held for the first time in Mykonos. As the closing event of Mykonos Biennale 2017, A Night of Philosophy takes its inspiration from Plato and will take the unique form of a symposium on love: philosophers and artists will all gather around the same table and propose vivid and visionary, actual and untimely evocations of love.
A Night of Philosophy is a series of events created by Mériam Korichi since 2010.
Throughout the old town of Mykonos, famous for its white building and thus often called the bride of the Aegean, videos will be projected on the walls of houses and garden walls transforming this town that never sleeps into a living theatre of video graffiti.