Katerina Gregos (born in Athens, Greece) is an art historian, curator, lecturer and writer (based in Brussels, Belgium since 2006). Over the years her curatorial practice has explored the relationship between art and politics with a particular view on questions of democracy, human rights, capitalism, crisis and changing global production circuits.
She has curated numerous large-scale exhibitions and biennials, including, more recently: Cabinet D’ Amis: The Accidental Collection of Jan Hoet, Hotel de la Poste, Brussels (2016); the Belgian Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale, Personne et les autres,; the 5th Thessaloniki Biennial, entitled Between the Pessimism of the Intellect and the Optimism of the Will; It’s Money Jim, But Not As We Know it, MAM Contemporary, Vienna (all 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, 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 (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 ( both 2012). In 2011 she curated Speech Matters the critically acclaimed exhibition on freedom of speech for the Danish Pavilion at the 54th Venice Biennial, and co-curated The Eye is a Lonely Hunter, the 4th Fotofestival Mannheim Ludwighsafen Heidelberg, Germany. In 2009 she was the curator of Countour, the 4th Biennial of Moving Image, in Mechelen, Belgium, entitled Hidden in Remembrance is the Silent Memory of our Future.
In terms of institutional positions, Gregos served as founding director and curator of the Deste Foundation’s Centre for Contemporary Art in Athens and curator of the Dakis Joannou Collection (1997-2002) and Artistic Director of Argos Centre for Art and Media, Brussels (2006 & 2007).
She 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 Pavilion at the 2017 Venice Biennale and the jury for the 2015 Hasselblad Prize. This year she was also on the jury of the Berlinale – the Berlin International Film Festival. Recently, Gregos was also a guest speaker at TEDx lecture series.
She is a member of IKT – The International Association of Curators of Contemporary Art and AICA – the International Association of Art Critics. She has also served as a Board Member of CIMAM – the International Committee of ICOM for Museums and Collections of Modern Art.
Forthcoming projects include: the MAC International, Belfast (autumn 2016), A World Not Ours, Schwarz Foundation, Samos, Greece (summer 2016); Uncertain States, Akademie der Kunst, Berlin (autumn 2016); and an exhibition at the Kunsthalle Mulhouse, France (2017).