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Katerina Gregos

Katerina Gregos, curator and writer. Expert visit in Stockholm 28 August - 2 September 2017.

Katerina Gregos (born in Athens, Greece; based in Brussels, Belgium since 2006) is an art historian, curator, lecturer and writer. She studied History of Art at the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London (BA Hons.), European Literary and Historical Studies with History of Art (MA, King’s College, University of London), and Museology (MA, City University, London). Gregos’ curatorial practice has explored the relationship between art, society and politics with a particular view on questions of democracy, human rights, capitalism, crisis and changing global production circuits. Gregos is currently chief curator of the 1st Riga Biennial of Contemporary Art.

Gregos has curated numerous large-scale exhibitions and biennials, including, more recently: Uncertain States: Artistic Strategies in States of Emergency, Akademie der Kunst, Berlin (2016); the Belgian Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale, Personne et les autres, an international group exhibition which explored the legacy of colonial modernity and the persisting phantoms of colonialism; the 5th Thessaloniki Biennial, entitled Between the Pessimism of the Intellect and the Optimism of the Will, based on a reading of Antonio Gramsci’s well-known aphorism from his prison letters (both exhibitions 2015); No Country for Young Men: Contemporary Greek Art in Times of Crisis at BOZAR, Brussels, 2014 (which was selected by the German art magazine Monopol as one of the best exhibitions of the year); Performative Resistance, a video project for the Centre for Contemporary Art, Torun, Poland (2014); The Politics of Play for the Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art in Sweden, with the overall title PLAY! Recapturing the Radical Imagination, and Liquid Assets: In the Aftermath of the Transformation of Capital for the Steirischer Herbst, Graz, Austria – co-curated with Luigi Fassi (both 2013); Newtopia: The State of Human Rights, at several venues in Mechelen & Brussels; and Manifesta 9: In the Deep of the Modern, Genk, Belgium – co-curated with Cuauhtémoc Medina and Dawn Ades (both 2012). In 2011 she curated Speech Matters, the critically acclaimed international group exhibition on freedom of speech for the Danish Pavilion at the 54th Venice Biennale, and co-curated The Eye is a Lonely Hunter, the 4th Fotofestival Mannheim Ludwighsafen Heidelberg, Germany (together with Solvej Ovesen). In 2009 she was the curator of Contour, at the 4th Biennial of Moving Image, in Mechelen, Belgium, entitled Hidden in Remembrance is the Silent Memory of our Future. Among other things, Gregos also curated the 2006 edition of EVA International, Ireland’s Biennial of Contemporary Art. The biennial was entitled Give(a)way On generosity, giving, sharing and social exchange.

In terms of institutional positions, Gregos served as founding director and curator of the Deste Foundation’s Centre for Contemporary Art in Athens (1997-2002) and Artistic Director of Argos Centre for Art and Media, Brussels (2006 & 2007). From 2012 to 2016 she also held the position of Artistic Director of Art Brussels where she was responsible for all artistic programming: special exhibitions, talks, performances, lectures, non-profit spaces, architecture & design.

Gregos regularly publishes on art and artists in exhibition catalogues, journals and magazines, and is a visiting lecturer at several art academies, including the HISK Higher Institute of Arts in Ghent (where she also curated the 2013 laureates exhibition, Portrait of the Artist: Works and References) and the Jan Van Eyck Academy, in Maastricht.

Gregos is also a frequent speaker at international conferences and symposia including at venues such as Tate Modern, London, the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, the Ludwig Museum, Cologne, and BOZAR, Brussels, among many others. She frequently serves as a member of numerous juries, including more recently: the juries for the Finnish and Irish Pavilions at the 2017 Venice Biennale, the jury for the 2016 Berlinale – the Berlin International Film Festival, the jury for the 2016 MAC International, Belfast, the jury of the 2016 YAYA Prize – Young Artist of the Year Award for Palestinian artists, awarded by the Qattan Foundation, and the jury for the 2015 Hasselblad Prize, Sweden.

Recently, Gregos was a guest speaker at the TEDx lecture series. Gregos has also served as a Board Member of CIMAM – the International Committee of ICOM for Museums and Collections of Modern Art.

Forthcoming exhibitions include: A World Not Ours, Kunsthalle Mulhouse, France; Summer of Love, Schwarz Foundation, Samos (both 2017) and The State is not a Work of Art for the Tallinn Art Hall, Art House Gallery and Tallinn City Gallery (2018).


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