Samos YoungArtists Festival

Katerina Gregos

Katerina Gregos is a curator, writer and lecturer born in Athens and based in Brussels since 2006. Gregos has extensive international curatorial experience and has curated several critically acclaimed large-scale exhibitions and biennials including: Everything Was Forever, Until It Was No More, 1st Riga Biennial, Riga (2018); The State is Not A Work of Art, for Tallinn Art Hall, Art Hall Gallery and Tallinn City Gallery on the occasion of Estonia 100 (2018); A World Not Ours, Kunsthalle Mulhouse (2017); Summer of Love – On the Unlikely Liaison between Love and Politics, Art Space Pythagorion, Samos (2017); Uncertain States: Artistic Strategies in States of Emergency, Akademie der Kunst, Berlin (2016-17); A World Not Ours, Art Space Pythagorion, Samos (2016); the Belgian Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale, Personne et les autres: Vincent Meessen & Guests; the 5th Thessaloniki Biennial, Between the Pessimism of the Intellect and the Optimism of the Will (2015); No Country for Young Men: Contemporary Greek Art in Times of Crisis, BOZAR, Brussels (2014); The Politics of Play for the Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art and Liquid Assets: In the Aftermath of the Transformation of Capital, Steirischer Herbst, Graz (2013); Newtopia: The State of Human Rights, several venues, Mechelen & Brussels (2012). That year she was also co-curator of Manifesta 9: In the Deep of the Modern, Genk. In 2011, she curated Speech Matters the 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 Ludwigshafen Heidelberg. In 2009, she curated Contour: the 4th Biennial for Moving Image, 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, Give(a)way: On Generosity, Giving, Sharing and Social Exchange.
Gregos frequently serves as a member of international juries, including more recently: the jury for the Belgian pavilion at the 
2019 Venice Biennale, the juries for the Finnish and Irish Pavilions 
at the 2017 Venice Biennale and the jury for the 2015 Hasselblad Prize. In 2016, she served on the jury of the Berlinale – the Berlin International Film Festival and the YAYA Prize – Young Artist of 
the Year Award for Palestinian artists, awarded by the A. M.
Qattan Foundation.
Apart from her experience as an independent curator, Gregos has served as founding director and curator of the Deste Foundation's Centre for Contemporary Art in Athens, Artistic Director of Argos Centre for Art and Media, Brussels and Artistic Director of Art Brussels. Since 2016 she is curator of the Schwarz Foundation (Munich/Samos/Athens).
Gregos is a graduate of the Courtauld Institute of Art and King's College (University of London) where she read Art History and European Literary and Historical Studies, as well as the City University London where she obtained a second MA in Museum Management. 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 and the Jan Van Eyck Academy, in Maastricht.