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05 May 2008

Revolution I Love You at Centre for Contemporary Art Thessaloniki

Nancy Davenport, What do We Want? 2001

REVOLUTION I LOVE YOU at Centre for Contemporary Art Thessaloniki 5 May - 14 June 2008


Revolution I Love You
1968 in Art, Politics and Philosophy

5 May- 14 June 2008

Curators Maja and Reuben Fowkes

Opening reception:
Monday 5 May, 2008 7pm
Opening speech by Syrago Tsiara

+30 2310 546 683
+30 2310 546 683

Contemporary Art Center of Thessaloniki
Warehouse B1-Thessaloniki Port

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Revolution, I Love You’ is a slogan from May ’68 that recalls the exuberance, deep desire for change and belief in the possibility of freedom illuminating a precious moment of universal revolt.   The exhibition investigates 1968 as an interlude of liberty and global resistance, focussing on the interplay between the politics of the street, radical philosophy, and the explosion of creative responses in the period. It considers the modalities of the unrest across Europe against the backdrop of contrasting economic and political systems in East and West.


The exhibition brings together works created in the immediate aftermath of 1968, more recent artistic responses to the legacy of that world-changing year, as well as current approaches to contemporary social and political struggle. The participating artists are: Mladen Stilinović, Tamás St.Auby, Zofia Kulik, Stefanos Tsivopoulos, Oliver Ressler, Fia-Stina Sandlund, Miklós Erhardt, Heath Bunting, Marko Lulić, Tamás Kaszás, Jean-Baptiste Ganne and Nancy Davenport.

Exhibition publication


Revolution I Love You: 1968 in Art, Politics and Philosophy considers the interconnection of art, politics and philosophy in 1968 across a divided Europe. It is a mosaic of interviews, statements and essays by prominent theorists, historians, curators, cultural workers and artists that shows the multipolar and interrelated experience of that extraordinary year. Contributors include: Katja Diefenbach, Simon Ford, Maja and Reuben Fowkes, Rajko Grlić, Jens Kastner, Kostis Kornetis,Viktor Misiano, ?ukasz Ronduda and Gaspár Miklós Tamás.


Published by MIRIAD Manchester Metropolitan University with CACT Thessaloniki and Trafó House of Contemporary Arts Budapest in English, Greek and Hungarian. ISBN:  978-1-905476-34-3. Distributed by Cornerhouse

Days of 68


The exhibition is one of a number of events being organized under the title «Days of ?68», in association with the Thessaloniki Film Festival and the historical review Historein, and will feature a special film season (5-15 May, at the Olympion), and two conferences (4 May in Thessaloniki and 5-6-7 May in Athens).

The director of the Thessaloniki Centre of Contemporary Art, Syrago Tsiara explains: «We do not believe the time has come to consign the events of May ’68 to the museum. We are trying to find whatever has retained the vitality of that extraordinary year and can still give meaning to contemporary life. Even if the political causes championed in that month of May, forty years ago, have – in many cases – been utterly lost, the fact remains that society has undergone radical changes. Sexual liberation, the radicalization of the feminist movement, the claiming of equal political rights, the anti-war and green movements have defined, to a great extent, the way we think and act today as actively engaged citizens».


The exhibition will travel to Trafó House of Contemporary Arts Budapest 12 September - 19 October 2008 and International Project Space Birmingham 13 November – 19 December 2008


CACT – Thessaloniki Centre of Contemporary Art
Warehouse Β1 in the Port of Thessaloniki

Press contact

Areti Leopoulou
Contemporary Art Center of Thessaloniki
Warehouse B1-Thessaloniki Port
P.O.Box: 10759
GR 54110
el: +30 2310 546 683