Written by Filopappou Group
A different garden invites the visitors to be part of it. An environment, a place for gathering, of an immanent scenery, which hosts the negotiation of subject-related issues. Arcadia as the imaginary place of the frustration, which, among others, refers to an earthly and at the same time mythical paradise, to a garden of pleasures, to a contemplation on death and eternity but also to an inexplicable feeling of escapism. Our group research and study, as well as our stroll through Poussin’s painting ‘Et in Arcadia ego’, drove us to consider topics such as natural and artificial paradise, pause and movement, the flourishing of people and artificial flora, death and eternity, rhizome and passage, and collectivity and community. An ephemeral place of concentration and focusing, which is mobile and different every day, and also requires accomplices. The project Et in Arcadia Ego was commissioned and produced by the 2nd Athens Biennale 2009.