Samos YoungArtists Festival

The Curator

Katerina Gregos

Katerina Gregos is a curator, lecturer and writer based in Brussels since 2006. Recently she was chief curator of the 1st Riga International Biennial of Contemporary Art (RIBOCA1): Everything Was Forever, Until It Was No More (2018), which she also helped to set up. Currently she is the curator of the Croatian National Pavilion at the 58th Venice Biennale, which is the third pavilion she curated at the Biennial after the Belgian (2011) and the Danish (2015). Since 2016 she is curator of the Schwarz Foundation.

Over the last 15 years her curatorial practice has consistently explored the relationship between art, society and politics with a particular view on questions of democracy, human rights, economy, crisis and changing global production circuits.

Gregos has curated numerous large-scale exhibitions and biennials including, among others, The State is Not a Work of Art, Tallinn Art Hall, the Art Hall Gallery and the City Gallery (2018); A World Not Ours, Kunsthalle Mulhouse, (2017); Personne et les autres, the Belgian Pavilion, 56th Venice
Biennale; Between the Pessimism of the Intellect and the Optimism of the Will, the 5th Thessaloniki Biennial (2015); The Politics of Play for the Göteborg Biennial (2013). In 2012 she co-curated Manifesta 9 and in 2011 she curated Speech Matters, the Danish Pavilion at the 54th Venice Biennial.

In terms of institutional positions Gregos has served as director and curator of the Deste Foundation, Athens; artistic director of Argos – Centre for Art and Media, Brussels; and artistic director of Art Brussels.

She also regularly publishes on art and artists in exhibition catalogues, journals and books, and is a visiting lecturer at HISK: the Higher Institute of Arts in Ghent and the Jan Van Eyck Academy, in Maastricht. She has participated in numerous international conferences and symposia internationally. More than 200.000 viewers have seen her TEDx talk Why Art Is Important on YouTube.

Upcoming exhibitions: Modern Love, Museum für Neue Kunst, Freiburg, Germany