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Documenta 14
April 2017 - 17 September 2017



Documenta 14, 2017
Athens, Greece, and Kassel, Germany

Documenta 14 Team, 2014 / © Photo: Nils Klinger

Adam Szymczyk, documenta 14 team

Documenta 14 - Team

Team members 2015


documenta 14 - South


Fridericianum  /  © Copyright photo: Haupt & Binder


documenta-Halle  /  © Copyright photo: Haupt & Binder



documenta 14 is organized by Artistic Director Adam Szymczyk together with a team whose first members were appointed in 2014. On 14 October 2015 new members were announced: Paul B. Preciado as Curator of Public Programs, Sepake Angiama as Head of Education, Clare Butcher as Education Coordinator, Arnisa Zeqo as Education Coordinator, Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung as Curator at Large, Natasha Ginwala as Curatorial Advisor, Candice Hopkins as Curatorial Advisor, and Jill Winder as Online Editor.
See >> all team members' biographies

Launch of the documenta 14 publication program with
South as a State of Mind #6 [documenta 14 #1]

In keeping with the concept of documenta 14 as a bi-located exhibition —one in which the exclusive role of host is left behind for a more radically receptive position —and in working with existing institutions and initiatives, documenta 14 is hosted in the pages of South as a State of Mind by Marina Fokidis, who founded the magazine in Athens in 2012. Four documenta 14 editions of the journal will be published semiannually until the opening of the exhibition in 2017.

The documenta team imagines the South of documenta 14 —both the journal and the imagined spaces it invokes— as a place of research, critique, art, and literature paralleling the years of work on the exhibition overall, one that will help define and frame its concerns and aims. Writing and publishing, in all their forms, will be an integral part of documenta 14.

South d14’s first issue was produced during a period marked by a dramatic worsening of the economic and humanitarian crisis in Greece. The establishment and dissolution and reinstatement of the left-wing government, under conditions created by European-imposed austerity programs, was accompanied by the near-collapse of the Greek banking sector. The refugee crisis, meanwhile, has been escalating, with the displacement of millions of Syrians fleeing civil war, as well as those escaping the violence and repression in Iraq, Afghanistan, and sub-Saharan Africa. As has been noted widely, this is the largest global displacement of people since World War II, and for many of the refugees entering Europe, Greece is their first stop. In this state of emergency, the magazine, through the voices of its diverse authors —among them artists, poets, scholars, architects, and filmmakers— takes form as a manifestation of documenta 14 rather than as a discursive lens through which to merely presage the topics to be addressed in the eventual exhibition.

In addition to South as a State of Mind’s print publication, there will be an online edition of the journal that makes content available in three languages: German, Greek, and English. The online edition has been launched on 31 October 2015, to coincide with the publication of the first print edition of documenta 14 South. You can find it here: documenta14.de/south

South as a State of Mind #6 [documenta 14 #1]
Edited by Quinn Latimer & Adam Szymczyk
230 x 300 mm, 262 pp., English
num. col. and b/w illustrations
Euro 10,-
ISSN 2241-3901
ISBN 978-3-86335-844-0

With contributions by:
Alexander Alberro, Katerina Anghelaki-Rooke, Aristide Antonas, Hannah Arendt, Pierre Bal-Blanc, Miriam Cahn, Manthia Diawara, Angela Dimitrakaki, Maria Eichhorn, Fouad Elkoury, Marina Fokidis, Peter Friedl, Hans Haacke, Bhanu Kapil, Quinn Latimer, Yorgos Makris, Jonas Mekas, Marta Minujín, Naeem Mohaiemen, Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung, Linda Nochlin, Paul B. Preciado, Thomas Sankara, Brandon Shimoda, Sven Stilinović, Adam Szymczyk, Françoise Vergès, Kaelen Wilson-Goldie, and Stefan Zweig.

(Extracts from a press information, 14 Oct. 2015)


On October 6, 2014, a symposium titled "documenta 14, Kassel: Learning from Athens" was held at Kunsthochschule (Academy of Fine Arts) in Kassel, Germany, at the invitation of the academy. Organized by the team of documenta 14, and led by Artistic Director Adam Szymczyk, the symposium presented key members of the next documenta organization, as well as discussed essential ideas and thematic concerns of the exhibition project as a whole, scheduled to take place in 2017.

The city of Kassel has been the host of documenta since its inception in 1955. Likewise, over the past thirteen editions, documenta has served as host to many artists and cultural practitioners from around the globe. But, ultimately, this position of host—with all the privileges involved—appears to be no longer tenable and begs to be questioned, if only temporarily.

To this end, Szymczyk introduced documenta 14’s planned twofold structure:
In 2017, documenta 14 will establish a second site—Athens—bringing Kassel and the Greek capital onto equal footing as the two locations of the exhibition. Thus documenta’s undisputed position as host will be abandoned for another role, that of guest, in Athens.

The working schedule envisages documenta 14 to open in Athens in April 2017; it will then be inaugurated two months later in Kassel, on June 10. This will ensure that there will be a month of overlap, with two parts of the exhibition running in parallel. Moreover, though each iteration of the exhibition will be developed as an autonomous project, they will inform each other’s content while not repeating the form, with several distinctive venues in Athens, as in Kassel. Documenta 14 intends to learn from the city of Athens and its citizens, instead of parachuting a prepackaged event from Kassel into one or several picturesque venues. Rather than being merely a sum of two destinations, documenta 14 will unfold in a three-year-long process of learning and producing knowledge, while also engaging in the process of instituting spaces for public life in both locations. In this process, both cities’ communities will become involved, contributing to the project.

(Extracts from a press information, 7 Oct. 2014)

More about, please see:
>> Learning from Athens
Complete press release, 7 Oct. 2014
>> Announcement of the Artistic Director
Press release, 22 November 2013


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Documenta 14

Up from April 2017
Athens, Greece

10 June - 17 September 2017
Kassel, Germany

Artistic director:  Adam Szymczyk
See the biography

Sepake Angiama
Pierre Bal-Blanc
Clare Butcher
Marina Fokidis
Hendrik Folkerts
Henriette Gallus
Annie-Claire Geisinger
Natasha Ginwala
Candice Hopkins
Quinn Latimer
Andrea Linnenkohl
Hila Peleg
Paul B. Preciado
Christoph Platz
Dieter Roelstraete
Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung
Fivos Sakalis
Katrin Sauerländer
Monika Szewczyk
Katerina Tselou
Jill Winder
Arnisa Zeqo

Team members - biographical data & positions

>> Official website

Please see also:

UiU Special: Documenta 13
9 June - 16 Sept. 2012. Artistic director: Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev. Special with an extensive photo tour, including works by 90 participants at 13 venues.