In the spirit of La Bohème and following the tradition of Kafeneio talks, A Conversation with is an intend to organize a new series of meetings gathering voices of the local art scene in Athens.

 

The conversation are held in English and host by Florent Frizet & Eric Stephany, two french artists currently living in Athens.

A Conversation with Myrto Katsimicha

 

on Tuesday June 25, 2019 at 7.30 pm at Καφενειο « H Μουριά »
Charilaou Trikoupi 87, Athens

 

Myrto Katsimicha (b. 1991, Athens) is a curator based in Athens, Greece. She holds a BA in Media, Communication and Culture from Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences, Athens (2012) and a MA in Curating the Contemporary from London Metropolitan University and the Whitechapel Gallery, London (2014). Her research interest lies within notions of collectivity and self-organisation within the arts and the points of convergence between independent art initiatives and institutions today. In 2017-18, she was the 12-month intern in the Adult & Academic Programs, Education Department at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Within the framework of her internship she conducted field research on the independent art scene in Mexico City and later organized and moderated the public program “From Mexico City to New York: A conversation with Tamara Ibarra and Rachel Valinsky” on collaborative practices and the links between independent art practices and contemporary art institutions (MoMA, September 5, 2018). Past curated projects: If I cannot bend, I will move, Snehta Residency, Athens (2019); Going Where We Come From, a performative walk in the neighbourhood of Kypseli conceived by artist Maëlle Gross and co-curated with Olivia Fahmy, Athens (2017); Things are left to become concrete, Snehta Residency, Athens (2016); Of other places, a series of film screenings at State of Concept, Athens (2015) and EXOTICA and 4 other cases of the self, co-curated with Fanny Nina Borel and Elisabetta Rabajoli at me Collectors room, Berlin (2014). She is a participant of the Critical Practices Program of Onassis AiR 2019-20.

credit photos: Alexandra Masmanidi

credit picture: From Mexico City to New York: A Conversation with Tamara Ibarra and Rachel Valinsky, September 5, 2018, Photo: Manuel Molina Martagon © 2018 MOMA, NYC

A Conversation with Macklin Kowal

 

on Tuesday 28, May 2019 at 7.30 pm

at Καφενειο « H Μουριά »

 

Macklin Kowal is a curator and academic based in Athens. A Phd candidate in Political Theory at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, his thesis analyzes contemporary far-right nationalisms of the Euro-Atlantic through the frame of discourse theory and through theories of performativity. He is additionally Founding Director of Sub Rosa Space, an independent platform for performance and located in central Athens.

 

His academic and curatorial work convene around the politics of testimony and cultures of public opinion, with particular focus on queer perspectives. Kowal has presented his research throughout Europe and North America, in both conventional and performativelecture form. Previously a dance artist, he held the danceWEBscholarship at ImPuls’Tanz International Dance Festival (Vienna) and was choreographer-in-residence at Meridian Gallery (San Francisco).

credit photos: Alexandra Masmanidi

credit picture: “It’s in the Upper Room” by Sarah Johnson, performed at Sub Rosa Space October 2018, photo by Alexandra Masmanidi

A Conversation with Panos Papadopoulos

May, Tuesday 14, 2019 at 7.30 pm

at Καφενειο « H Μουριά »

Charilaou Trikoupi 87, Athina

 

Panos Papadopoulos is a greek artist born in 1975, currently working and living in Athens. In 2015, he was a resident at Hooper Projects art residency, Los Angeles. He is the co-founder of the art collective Dadada Academy, founded in 2009 in Vienna. He studied in the School of Fine Arts in Vienna and was awarded by the Meisterschülerpreis of the Academy. His work was presented in the 4th Athens Biennale in 2013 and in numerous solo and group shows in Vienna, Athens, Paris, Berlin, New York, Leipzig, Cologne and elsewhere.

 

Panos Papadopoulos work is a mixture of conceptual, minimal, abstract and expressionist art. Departing from his earlier works – text-populated, noisy, post punk abstract oil paintings -, Papadopoulos here allows space to emerge, creating interiors and replacing the text with objects; yet the objects still hold on to their linguistic potency, ofter acting as symbols of language. It is the empty space, the sound of silence that adds tension to these objects. Basically, he turns drawings into paintings, leaving the viewer with the impression of the absent, the incomplete, the unfinished.

credit photos: Alexandra Masmanidi

credit picture: Panos Papadopoulos, Group Show, 2015, Oil on canvas

LISTENING
A Conversation with Petros Touloudis 
on April, Tuesday 23, 2019 at 19.30 
at Καφενειο « H Mουριά », Charilaou Trikoupi 87, Athina

 

Petros Touloudis lives between Athens and Tinos island in Greece.
Graduated from Athens School of Fine Arts, Touloudis works across the areas of visual art (video, sculpture, installation), architecture and opera. Between 2015 and 2017, he was a fellow at Academie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart, Germany.

 

He’s the co-founder of Tinos Quarry Platform, a forum for contemporary art operating an artist-in-residence program since 2015, located on the island of Tinos, in the Northern Cyclades. TQP invites participants from Greece and abroad to work on a range of artistic and cultural projects. Emergent synergies between artists and the landscape contribute to the development of networks that include both local and international audiences while opening the space to a wider public.

credit photos: Alexandra Masmanidi

credit picture: Artist Alyssa Moxley recording sound in the green marble quarry, Tinos, 2017