Does life imitate art? Or art imitate life? The 7th Athens Biennale – ECLIPSE – was hatched pre-Covid-19 as a bid to grasp the fleeting and ominous signs of an imminent era of agony. What was being devised as a metaphor; an omen, has now come to pass. The role of art, now more than ever, is to stay relevant and speak to our need for analysis and release. To pose alternative answers to our existential and socio-political dilemmas. Amid our stark reality, the international artists of the 7th Athens Biennale are currently collaborating to transmute this new world into artistic expression. The goal is to stage ECLIPSE according to schedule (over ten weeks from late September), in tune with the developments of the pandemic. The Athens Biennale has always had a reputation for shaking up notions of what contemporary art is and how (and where) it should be exhibited. This year, whether it unfolds on-line or on the ground here in Athens, it's primed to be far more than an exhibition. The 2020 edition will be a snapshot of life in the shadows.