exergue – on documenta 14

The film follows artistic director Adam Szymczyk and his curatorial team over two years as they prepare documenta 14. Under the title of “Learning from Athens”, the 2017 edition of what is considered to be the world’s most prominent art exhibition was held for the first time both in its home of Kassel in Germany and Athens in Greece. The expansion to two locations, Szymczyk’s attempt to push the institution’s boundaries, was faced with more than just logistical obstacles. It eventually led to a financial deficit and a media scandal that obscured the artistic merits of the exhibition. Its artistic concept also sparked critical controversy and was frequently perceived as didactic or instrumentalising politically pressing issues such as the refugee crisis, neo-liberalism and the worldwide rise of far-right politics. Through its protagonists and unprecedented access, this cinematic opus told in 14 chapters invites audiences into a behind-the-scenes observation of the institutional art world and the function of contemporary art in a shifting global landscape.
by Dimitris Athiridis Greece 2024 English, German 848’ Colour & Black/White World premiere | Documentary form


Director Dimitris Athiridis
Cinematography Dimitris Athiridis
Editing Dimitris Athiridis, Vanessa Zeri, Giorgos Kravaritis
Music Ted Regklis, Paolo Thorsen-Nagel
Sound Design Dimitris Athiridis
Sound Mixing Kostas Varympopiotis
Producer Dimitris Athiridis
Executive Producers Christos V. Konstantakopoulos, Caroline von Kühn, Andreas Zoupanos Kritikos
Co-Producers Ioanna Kontogeorgou, Yorgos Tsourgiannis

Produced by

Dimitris Athiridis

The documentary filmmaker and photographer comes from Thessaloniki in Greece. After breaking off a degree in engineering, he worked as a photographer and cinematographer in advertising. His work as a filmmaker is dedicated to character studies. His films include T4 Trouble and the Self Admiration Society, an exploration of the enigmatic life of rock anti-hero Terry Papadinas, and One Step Ahead, about iconoclastic winemaker Giannis Boutaris as he challenged the political establishment by running for mayor of Thessaloniki.


2009 T4 Trouble and the Self Admiration Society 2012 Ena vima brosta (One Step Ahead) 2024 exergue – on documenta 14

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2024