Samos YoungArtists Festival

Katerina Gregos


Katerina Gregos is a curator, writer and lecturer based in Brussels. Her curatorial practice explores the relationship between art, society and politics with a particular view on questions of democracy, human rights, capitalism, crisis and changing global production circuits. She is currently chief curator of the 1st Riga Biennial (2018) and curator of the Schwarz Foundation, Munich.

She 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; 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 at BOZAR, Brussels, 2014; The Politics of Play for the Göteborg Biennial, Sweden 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, 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 Biennial, 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, the 4th Biennial of Moving Image, Hidden in Remembrance is the Silent Memory of our Future, Mechelen. 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.

Current/Forthcoming exhibitions include: A World Not Ours, Kunsthalle Mulhouse, France (2017) and The State is not a Work of Art for the Tallinn Art Hall, Art House Gallery and Tallinn City Gallery (2018).

Previously, Gregos 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.

Gregos regularly publishes on art and artists in exhibition catalogues, journals and magazines, and is a visiting lecturer at HISK: the Higher Institute of Arts in Ghent and the Jan Van Eyck Academy, in Maastricht.


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