The Athens Biennale announces its seventh edition, entitled ECLIPSE, co-curated by Omsk Social Club and Larry Ossei-Mensah under the artistic direction of Poka-Yio. ECLIPSE will take place from September 24 to November 28 (preview: September 23) in various locations in Athens. The exhibition will feature artists based in North and South America, the Caribbean, Africa, and Europe, many of whom will be exhibiting in Greece for the first time. The exhibition title highlights the obscured perspective of reality caused by the constant state of flux we are experiencing in our society now. ECLIPSE engages the social, political and spiritual changes of today’s global construct and in Athens itself, as a rising metropolis located at the intersection of Europe, Asia and Africa both physically and historically. An eclipse is a phenomenon of filtering and shrouding as well as a cosmic event. The experience of the eclipse functions as a catalyst for reprocessing an unresolved past that can inform an unspoken present and ultimately shape our future. Thus, Athens serves as the appropriate vantage point for contemplating the nuances of time and space. Furthermore, examining the questions is the west in decline or in a moment of significant transformation?

ECLIPSE seeks to assess the implications of identity, history, and cultural complexity.  The 7th Athens Biennale offers an arena to interrogate many of the ideas, queries, concerns, and desires that are frequently not platformed within a Biennial format. In an effort to activate a dynamic cross-cultural discourse, ECLIPSE will highlight the works of artists from the African Diaspora in addition to other artistic voices that have historically been pushed to the periphery. This engagement will be articulated through the use of a “Black Lens” as one of the frameworks. This approach seeks to engage the varying perspectives and artistic practices percolating within the African diaspora. This dialogue will be situated alongside a complimentary framework of artistic interventions that use dynamic manifestations to compose unique practical narratives. Their aim is to strategically address the viewers imagination of potential parallel worlds and futures. Composing a set of spaces that platform ideas such as radical care, interspecies friendship and sonic viewing strategies, ECLIPSE presents a translocal chapter of contemporary thought on how to co-exist within a world differently.

Defying the prevalent politics of historical narratives, ECLIPSE proposes to challenge oppressive mechanisms and outdated idealism. By deploying various immersive techniques such as real game play, radical gossip, persuasive realities, “emotional hypnosis”, bodying, synthesis, and visualization, ECLIPSE activates narrative fabrication and orchestrates an experiential shift in art viewing opening an alternative future for contemplation.


The 7th Athens Biennale was co-financed by the Hellenic Republic and the European Union through the Regional Operational Programme of “Attica” in the framework of NSRF 2014-2020, performed under the auspices of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports and was realised in partnership with Onassis Culture. AB7: ECLIPSE was produced by the Athens Biennale.


Omsk Social Club
Larry Ossei-Mensah

24 September – 28 November 2021


Former Department Store FOKAS, 14 Stadiou Str.
Former Santaroza Courthouse, 48 Stadiou & Arsaki Str.
Justice Square, Arsaki & Panepistimiou Str.
Schliemann-Mela Hall, 46 Panepistimiou Str.

manuel arturo abreu, Zebedee Armstrong, as they lay w/ Abdu Ali + Markele Cullins*, Sanford Biggers, Billy Bultheel*, Judy Chicago, Contemporary And, Zuzanna Czebatul, Simon Denny, DETACH (Voltnoi & Quetempo)*, Alexandros Douras, Christoph Draeger, Claude Eigan, Awol Erizku, Doreen Garner, Miles Greenberg, Happy New Tears*, HellFun (Josefin Arnell & Max Göran)*, Jack Hogan & Trakal*, Deborah Joyce Holman & Yara Dulac Gisler*, Klára Hosnedlová*, Satch Hoyt, Hypercomf*, Yinka Ilori*, Astrit Ismaili*, Tomashi Jackson, Huntrezz Janos*, Olalekan Jeyifous*, Evi Kalogiropoulou, Samson Kambalu, Lito Kattou*, KAYA (Kerstin Braetsch & Debo Eilers), Navine G. Khan-Dossos*, Nuri Koerfer, Ndayé Kouagou*, Aristeidis Lappas, Kris Lemsalu & Kyp Malone*, Marissa Malik & Yeshe Bahamon-Beesley*, Rodney McMillian, Steve McQueen, Ana Mendieta, Moor Mother*, Petros Moris, Zanele Muholi, Nascent*, Kayode Ojo, Omsk Social Club*, Zohra Opoku, Vasilis Papageorgiou*, Nektarios Pappas*, Ebony G. Patterson, Primitive Art*, Yorgos Prinos, Kameelah Janan Rasheed, Andrew Roberts, Victoria Santa Cruz, Jacolby Satterwhite, Jonas Schoeneberg*, Erica Scourti, Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Jakob Kudsk Steensen, Juana Subercaseaux, Valinia Svoronou*, Taka Taka*, Ayesha Tan-Jones*, Filippos Telesto, The Critics Company, the Mycological Twist*, Hank Willis Thomas, Iris Touliatou*, Tourmaline, Suzanne Treister, Theo Triantafyllidis, Wu Tsang, Eugenia Vereli, Cajsa von Zeipel*, Julian Weber, YESSi PERSE*.

*120 premieres / new productions


General Coordinator & Head of Production 
Marilena Batali

Curatorial Assistants & Production Coordinators
Katerina Exertzoglou
Yannis Iasonidis
Sofia Kalvourtzi

Deborah Joyce Holman
Lauren Lapidge
Dr. Deborah Willis

Programme Managers
Jackie Abhulimen
Pavlina Kyrkou

Production Assistant
Sofia Pipa

Head of Communications
Maria Paktiti

Former Head of Communications
Zafeiris Karampasis

Press Officer
Pavlina Kyrkou

Press Office Assistant
Penny Gerou

Social Media & Community Building
Georgia Pina

Social Media
Giannis Ntotsikas

Communication Assistant
Lyarianne Paula Galano Tugade

Visual Identity & Graphic Design
Sakis Stritsidis

Assistant to the Graphic Designer & Audiovisual Applications
Maria Veronica Marioglou

Website Development

TV, Radio Spot & Exhibition Documentation
Nysos Vasilopoulos


Alekos & Christos Mpourelias

Smaragda Karamperi
Alekos & Christos Mpourelias
Nicolas Ploumpidis

Emilios Charalambous

Exhibition Spatial Design
Marilena Batali
Anna Lamprou

Exhibition Spatial Design Assistant
Dimitris Papaioannou

Concept and Exterior Lighting Design
Giorgos Anagnostopoulos – IFI Architectutal Lighting Works

Exhibition Lighting Design
Nysos Vasilopoulos

Exhibition Venues Managers
Christos Fousekis
Andreas Vembos

Antonis Kavvadias
Stamos Bamparis
Polyniki Papavasiliou
Memos Pilaftsis
Pia Tolia
Dora Tsigka
Savvas Tsimouris

Theodora Angelopoulou
Dimitra Kyveli Barmpoudi
Myrto Garefalaki
Arietta Giannakopoulou
Clémence Malleret
Xenia Sotirchou
Panos Tripolitsiotis
Olga Vlachokyriakou
Elena Vogiatzi

Audiovisual Equipment
Bon Studio

Audiovisual Installation
Makis Faros
Antonis Gatzougiannis

Savvas Charalambidis – ZEUSYS

Transportation & Installation of Artworks
Move Art S.A.

Insurance of Artworks
Karavias Underwriting Agency S.A. – Coverholder at Lloyds

Insurance Consultants
Nobilis Insurance Brokers Ltd

Legal Services
Margarita Pita

Consulting Services
Evolution Projects Plus – I. & H. Michopoulos G.P.

Conceived, designed & produced by
Athens Biennale

Christopher Marinos
Omsk Social Club
Larry Ossei-Mensah

Coordinating Editor
Christopher Marinos

Jackie Abhulimen
Georges Bataille
Walter Benjamin
Franco Berardi
Leonora Carrington
Eddie Chambers
Francesca Gavin
Happy New Tears
Deborah Joyce Holman
Banu Khapil
Francesca Lisette
Mum Social Club
Negros tou Moria
Thomas Oberender
Omsk Social Club
Larry Ossei-Mensah
Primitive Art
Nat Raha
Erica Scourti
Kostis Stafylakis
Valinia Svoronou
Ayesha Tan Jones
the Mycological Twist
Eugenia Vereli
Julian Weber
Simone Weil

Ayshel/Waiting Room
Entropia Records
GRΞTA/Waiting Room
Ioannis & Foukodian Rhythms
Yorgia Karidi
Joseph Mouzakitis/ATH Kids
Olenxaa (Carina Obukhova)
Grace Ow
Teranga Beat
Noff Weezy

Sakis Stritsidis

Antonis Mozer
Dimitris Saltabasis

Dimitris Saltabasis

Pletsas – Kardari G.P.


Installation views from the 7th Athens Biennale 2021 ECLIPSE, photos: Nysos Vasilopoulos & Emilios Haralambous © Athens Biennale