In the spirit of La Bohème and following the tradition of Kafeneio talks, A Conversation with Athens  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 Maria-Thalia Carras and Olga Hatzidaki


on Tuesday 21 January, 2020 at 7.30 pm at Καφενειο « H Μουριά » Charilaou Trikoupi 87, Athens.


locus athens > TAVROS

locus athens, a nomadic non-profit arts organization, was originally formed in 2004 by Maria-Thalia Carras and Sophia Tournikiotis, with the aim of exploring the juncture between public space in Athens and contemporary art. Commissioning artists to produce new works based on in situ research, locus athens curated exhibitions, talks and screenings in various locations of the city as well as organizing educational programs and publishing a series of award winning children’s art books.


In 2012 the team was joined by Olga Hatzidaki, starting with a first collaboration which continued into a long-term partnership. Gradually also Sofia withdrew from active involvement from locus athens. Olga and Maria-Thalia developed projects in and about the public spaces of Athens, building on former experience and injecting locus athens’ program with new energy. They explored different curatorial models with projects that shifted in scale and size, collaborating with a wide range of institutions, reaching out to different communities and thinking further about the necessity of tackling contested issues.


In 2019, Maria-Thalia and Olga decided on a more radical shift in their approach, thinking of the ‘public’ less as architectural space but more as content and communities. They envisioned TAVROS, a mid-sized space in the eponymous area of Athens, as a new home for their arts projects, with a varied program of exhibitions, talks and community projects geared to responding to the social and political circumstances around us, giving voices to marginalized communities, and exploring notions of democracy, equality and ecology through dialogue listening and learning.

credit photos: Alexandra Masmanidi


A Conversation with Iordanis Kerenedis and Piergiorgio Pepe


on Tuesday 12 November, 2019 at 7.30 pm at Καφενειο « H Μουριά » Charilaou Trikoupi 87, Athens.


The activities of the Kerenidis Pepe collection started in 2007 in Paris, by Iordanis Kerenidis (CNRS research director in quantum computing) and Piergiorgio Pepe (ethics professional and lecturer at SciencesPo). The collection supports art that enables new ways of seeing, acquiring agency, and producing social affect; an art that uses language to challenge normative divisions, such as “visible / invisible”, giving priority to partial perspectives and multidimensionality.


The collection focuses the long-term support and acquisitions of artworks by I. Aballí, A. Barón, E; Barto, A. Cesarco, D. G. Cramer, Detanico & Lain, J. Discrit, H. Epaminonda, A. Froment, D. García, M. García Torres, D. Horvitz, F. Jung, S. Kallinikou, C. Koumianaki, J. Lempert, C. Morel, J. Nédélec, B. Ortiz, C. Panayiotou, N. Papaconstantinou, E. Ramírez, V. Santoro, A. Schlesinger, P. Vlassopoulou, E. Werth. Works from the collection have been shown at Reina Sofia, Madrid; Bonnier Konsthall, Stockholm; Fondation Ricard, Paris, etc.


The collection activities also include public projects like Phenomenon, a biennial residency and exhibition on Anafi, Greece, for which they received the Montblanc Patronage Award. They organize exhibitions, including Multitudinous Seas at the Fondation Hippocrène in Paris, One minute, One hour…One million years at the Island Club in Limassol, or as part of the FIAC VIP program.


The collection’s research activities focus on understanding the conditions that led to the normative role of today’s collector and advocate for collectors as ethical, creative, and socially engaged agents. Currently, P. Pepe teaches Ethics in the art sector at SciencesPo, and the collection plans starting a broader research and dialogue with other collections on a new ethics of collecting. The collection has been represented in the CNAP acquisition committee and the board of Council. It also maintains a publishing activity of artist and poetry books and catalogues.

credit photos: Alexandra Masmanidi


A Conversation with Katerina Tselou


on Wednesday 2 October, 2019 at 7.30 pm at Καφενειο « H Μουριά »
Charilaou Trikoupi 87, Athens


Katerina Tselou studied Literature and Art History at University of Athens, and then moved to Paris for her postgraduate studies on Art Theory at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS). She is the curator of the Pavilion of Greece at the 58th Venice Biennale (2019). She was Curatorial Advisor at documenta 14 in Athens and Kassel, as well as Assistant to the Artistic Director Adam Szymczyk (2014–17). She was a co-curator at the 4th Athens Biennale in 2013. From 2009 to 2013 she was the curator of the visual arts program at the National Theatre of Greece, and from 2007 to 2008 she worked as Exhibition Coordinator at Argos Centre for Art and Media in Brussels. She has also organized projects as an independent curator in Greece, collaborating with institutions such as the Athens School of Fine Arts, University of Thessaly Department of Architecture, European Film Festival, and Notos Theatre. Tselou lives and works in Athens.

credit photos: Nefeli Papaioannou

credit picture: Cover of propaganda pamphlet with a photo of rehabilitated soldiers creating an Acropolis model at Makronisos, ASKI, Contemporary Social History Archives, 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

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