“Why Look at Animals. AGRIMIKÁ” is the name of the Greek exhibition in which artist Maria Papadimitriou has almost entirely recreated a shop that sells animal hides and leather in the city of Volos. In addition, the artist presents a film by Menelaos Karamaghiolis featuring the elderly and candid owner of the shop telling a thrilling story of his decade-long business in relation to the history of modern Greece. The captivating movie is far more than just a recollection of memories linked to concerns around ethics, politics, history and economics, however. Through the protagonist’s personal accounts, the audience actually begins to question the relationship between humans and animals, as well as the concept of humanity in contrast to the nature of wildlife.
Will Furtado for Highsnobiety.com about Maria Papadimitriou’s installation “Why Look at Animals.AGRIMIKÁ” at the VENICE BIENNALE 2015