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On Care

As an Institutional Practice

iLiana Fokianaki

Keynote (Zoom)

Thursday, July 6, 1pm - 3pm


In this lecture, iLiana Fokianaki will investigate the range of politics around care, and discuss care and reproduction labour in the wake of ecological catastrophe. Further in this trajectory, her lecture will hone in on care as an institutional practice and asks how to bring care-full practices into art institutions.

This event will be held on Zoom and can be attended either at home or at Gallery TPW, where we will project it in our main space.

iLiana Fokianaki is a curator, researcher and theorist based in Athens and Rotterdam. Her curatorial interests focus on the manifold manifestations of power and the way they can be examined via contemporary culture, looking specifically at the influence of geopolitics, national identity and cultural and anthropological histories. Founder of the research platform “The Bureau of Care,” which received the European Cultural Foundation’s solidarity grant in 2020, iLiana looks into the concept of care and how its politics and ethics are related to environmental and social justice. 

iLiana is also the founder and director of State of Concept Athens since 2013. A changemaker in the Athenian art scene, her exhibitions include artists such as Basim Magdy, Laure Prouvost, Sanja Iveković, Forensic Architecture, Kader Attia, Metahaven, and Kapwani Kiwanga. She has also curated exhibitions for international institutions such as e-flux New York, La Colonie, KADIST Paris, Kunstinstituut Melly Rotterdam, Museum of Contemporary Art Ljubljana and has curated public programs for Vera List Center for Art and Politics, Het Nieuwe Instituut a.o. She was the curator of the Survival Kit 13, a large-scale contemporary art festival organized by the Latvian Center for Contemporary Art. She is currently working on a group exhibition for Reina Sofia Museum Madrid and a group show for Framer Framed Amsterdam. Both projects are to be realized in 2023. 

A prolific writer and curator, iLiana has curated lecture series for several institutions and is a lecturer at the Dutch Art Institute. She has led conversations with thinkers such as Silvia Federici, Trinh T. Minh-Ha, Jodi Dean, Yanis Varoufakis and others. Her book “Gossips: WomXn Gather” will be published in late 2023.

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