CULTURE

The other Greeks at Venice

The 54th Venice Biennale, titled ?Illuminations? and which will be open to the public from June 4 to late November, features a Greek presence beyond that of Diohandi, the country?s official representative at the prestigious event.

Another Greek, Katerina Gregos, has been put in charge of the Danish kiosk as she has been working abroad for years as a curator, mostly out of Brussels, and has built a solid international reputation.

The Danish kiosk is expected to be among the most fascinating, as it comprises the work of 18 artists of different nationalities and representing different generations, one of whom is Stelios Faitakis, who is best known for his large mural on the outer wall of the Elais olive oil factory on Pireos Street near Piraeus.

The artist, who likes to blend street art with the colors and motifs of religious icon painting, has created a large mural on the wall of a neoclassical building for the Danish representation. ?Imposition Symphony? is among the most impressive works on display at the Biennale this year, and, like the other artists showing their work at the Danish kiosk, it is a commentary on the central theme, which is freedom of speech.

?Faitakis?s piece, which has been completed, is already beginning to draw attention,? Gregos told Kathimerini in a telephone interview earlier this month. She added: ?Right across from the Danish kiosk is the one representing the United States. There, an art duo from Puerto Rico, Allora