iLiana Fokianaki

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iLiana Fokianaki (born in 1980, Thessaloniki) is a Greek curator and former journalist based in Athens and Rotterdam. She is the founder and director of contemporary art space State of Concept in Athens,[1] where she curated solo exhibitions of artists such as Laure Prouvost[2] and the Rojava Film Commune.[3] A retrospective of Fokianaki's institution titled State (in) Concepts was exhibited at Kadist Art Foundation in Paris in 2017.[4]

Fokianaki's work explores the relation between art, precarity, state formations and identitarianism.[5] Together with curator Antonia Alampi, she is the co-founder of Future Climates, a platform that aims to propose viable futures for small-scale organizations of contemporary art and culture.[6] Fokianaki was curator and programmer at Kunsthal Extra City in Antwerp from 2017-2019, where she curated the exhibitions Extra Citizen (2017)[7] and Extra States: Nations in Liquidation (2018)[8]

Fokianaki is a lecturer at the Dutch Art Institute,[9] and a writer for various international art journals and publications, discussing issues ranging from art and ethics,[10] to a joint piece on art and economy written with former Greek Minister of Finance Yanis Varoufakis.[11]

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  1. ^ BBC World Service, "Interview with curator iLiana Fokianaki, director State of Concept Athens", September 2, 2015 [1]
  2. ^ Website Outset Foundation, Visual tour of Laure Prouvost's exhibition "C'est L'est Not Ouest" [2]
  3. ^ Announcement of Rojava Film Commune's exhibition "Forms of Freedom," e-flux, 2018 [3]
  4. ^ Announcement "State (in) Concepts," Website Kadist Art Foundation, Paris, 2017 [4]
  5. ^ iLiana Fokianaki, "Redistribution via Appropriation: White(washing) Marbles," e-flux journal, #91, May 2018 [5]
  6. ^ Federica Bueti, "iLiana Fokianaki and Antonia Alampi in conversation," Ocula, May 19, 2017 [6]
  7. ^ Tamara Beheydt, "Burgerschap en verbeelding: Extra Citizen in Antwerpen," Metropolis M, September 25, 2017 [7]
  8. ^ Stephanie Bailey, "Extra States: Nations in Liquidation at Kunsthal Extra City," Ocula, December 8, 2018 [8]
  9. ^ Profile iLiana Fokianaki, Website Dutch Art Institute [9]
  10. ^ iLiana Fokianaki, "Ethics After Defeat," Kaiera, No.2, 2017 [10]
  11. ^ iLiana Fokianaki, Yanis Varoufakis, "We Come Bearing Gifts," Art Agenda, June 7, 2017 [11]