On Friday 23 April, CIV hosts a new series of talks and screenings part of the program Regional Express. The guests are Greek curators Xenia Kalpaktsoglou and Christopher Marinos.
Their presentations offer an overview and a critical assessment upon the contemporary Greek art scene in the last decade. Through the presentation of artists, exhibitions and independent initiatives, as well as the screening of particular artworks, their talk will address issues pertinent to the development of the Greek art scene.
Consequently, aspects related to the institutional dynamic will be identified, as well as insights into the methodologies and principles of local artistic practices. Xenia Kalpaktsoglou presents the Athens Biennale, emerged from the intense cultural activity that makes Athens one of the most interesting places for contemporary art. The Biennial functions as a platform for designation and critical engagement of local artistic production, as well as a forum of discussion and exchange with the international scene.
Xenia Kalpaktsoglou is a curator and co-director of the Athens Biennale. In collaboration with artist Poka-Yio and curator/art-critic Augustine Zenakos, she co-founded in 2005 the Athens Biennale. With the same collaborators (as the curatorial team XYZ), she co-curated the 1st Athens Biennale 2007 Destroy Athens and acted as artistic director for the 2nd Athens Biennale Heaven 2009. Recent XYZ projects include: John Bock: A Lecture and a Film Retrospective (Athens, 2008), Goldfish Suddenly Dead (Extra City, Antwerp, 2009). Apart from her independent curatorial practice she is also a regular contributor to artists’ catalogues and various project-based publications. From 2006 until 2008, she was the director of the DESTE Foundation, Centre for Contemporary Art Athens.
Christopher Marinos is an art historian and curator based in Athens. He is the founder and co-editor of the online art magazine kaput (www.kaput.gr). During 2005-06 he worked as an art historian/researcher for the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Athens (EMST). He is the editor of Possibilities: Interviews with Young Greek Artists (futura, Athens, 2006) and Meatspace: Art in a State of Emergency (www.meatspaceart.org). Since 2002, Marinos has been contributing regularly to various Greek art journals and exhibition catalogues. In 2006-07, he co-edited (with Xenia Kalpaktsoglou) the visual arts section in Velvet monthly magazine. He is the Athens correspondent for Flash Art International and Modern Painters, and a founding member of the Reading Group (http://readinggroupathens.blogspot.com). Marinos was one the curators of the 2nd Athens Biennial 2009.