11 - 31 May 2023
Charitos 11, Athens
Raed Yassin’s exhibition “The Theatricality of a Postponed Death” is inspired by a 1984 anti-war street festival in Lebanon where participants wore masks and giant heads of monsters and beasts. The artist proceeds ingeniously with a symbolic reenactment of the Lebanese parade via the transformation of a street festival into a street funeral. The protagonists include a large-scale inflatable sculpture (Lebanese actor Hassan Alaa al-Din or Shushu) and sculptural papier-mâché masks.
Who or what is buried in Yassin’s funerary parade? Yassin’s project raises key questions about war and grief, about trial and failure, the role of art in times of upheaval, and the personal and political impact of artistic censorship. The show in Athens builds on the performance he organized recently in Graz, Austria.
Opening on Thursday 11 May (18:00-21:00) in the presence of Raed Yassin.
*Exhibition runs until 17 June.
Closest Metro Station: Evangelismos
Metro to Venue: 10 minutes walking
Wheelchair Accessibility Yes