Monday, June 1st, 2020 | 16:00
TTS NEPHELE GRANTEE 2020
Maria Nicolacopoulou is a curator, researcher and art critic of Greek-Armenian descent interested in the cultural impact and potentiality of institutional formats of contemporary art, through methods of transnational collaboration. Her research focuses on the concept, programming and power of the contemporary art museum, and she has presented papers in international conferences, as well as written for catalogues and publications like Third Text, frieze and Ocula amongst others. Nicolacopoulou has previously worked with institutions like Tate Modern, Creative Time, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, while she is currently running sync Curatorial Fellowship in Athens, a platform she founded to help foster curatorial research, provide opportunities for artists and curators and explore the reach of horizontal collaboration through various formats of transnational conversations. Nicolacopoulou holds a BA in Philosophy and Art History from the City University of New York, an MRes in Humanities & Cultural Studies from the London Consortium and a further MA in Museum Studies from New York University. She is based in Athens and works everywhere.
Danae Sioziou was born in 1987. She is a poet, an interdisciplinary artist and educator. She studied English Literature, Cultural Management and European History. She was co-editor of the literary journal Teflon. The poetry collection Useful Children Games is her first and was published by Antipodes Editions. She was awarded the National Prize for Young Writers and the Hellenic Writer’s Association Jiannis Varveris’ Prize for Young Writers. Her poems have been translated in thirteen languages and published and anthologized internationally. She has participated in many literature festivals in Europe. She works as a cultural manager and she facilitated many cultural and educational projects. Her second book Possible Landscapes will be launched in 2020 by Antipodes.
Amara Okafor (b. Umuahia, Nigeria) is an artist-curator, culture-producer based in Abuja, Nigeria. Her practice is rooted in studying/practicing Painting, Sculpture, Curatorial Practice and many years of learning from artist El Anatsui since 1999 -date. She has run her private studio in Lagos, Nsukka, Abuja -Nigeria. Awards: UNESCO Aschberg; Commonwealth Foundation Commonwealth Connections, Jury prize- National Art Competition (Nigeria). Selected Residencies: Lademoen Kustnerverksteder, Norway; Nordisk Kunstnarsenter Dalsåsen – Norway; Popopstudios, Nassau- Bahamas; Jogja National Museum. Selected Exhibitions: Babel Art Space, Norway, Oriel Mostyn, Wales, Manchester Art Gallery, UK. Various public projects at alternative art spaces, including at the Jogjakarta Biennial.
Fadma Kaddouri is a Franco-Marocaine artist. She was born in the Rif mountains in Morocco and now lives and works in France. The Rif is present in her poetic and visual practice. Like a path, a moving body that explores the notion of memory and reveals the social-historical changes traversed by the resilient and cathartic poetic aesthetics of "Izri", a sung oral poetry of the Rif tribes that her mother practiced. His work explores and underlines the metamorphosis of the forms of poetic orality and their common movements with plastic forms, from the "Tarifite"* language to Arabic and French, thus delivering an imagined contemporary grammar. Recognizing one's history in order to better know and transmit it, such is the meaning of his artistic narratives.
*"Tarifite" means oral language from the Rif in northern Morocco
June 1st, 2020
On May, 23rd Venetia Kapernekas, TTS's first appointed Ambassador due to special circumstances concluded her post three months before due time. TTS would like to thank Ms Kapernekas for her invaluable feedback and support.
On June 1st, Abdellah Karroum, a TTS Board of Advisors Member since January 2020, was appointed the post of the TTS Ambassador. Abdellah Karroum is a researcher and curator, and the Artistic Director of L’Appartement 22 in Rabat as well as the Director of Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art in Doha. We are honoured to have him at the helm of our society.
The papers selected will be a part of an on-going digital exhibition on the New-York based peri-Tēchnes online magazine, while selected pieces will be featured throughout 2020-2021 on THE ΤΕΛΟΣ SOCIETY website and/or anthologies.
peri-Tēchnes is a website dedicated to interdisciplinary and cross-temporal art practices. Most importantly, it seeks to bring you in contact with the art scene in Greece in relation to its broader MENA geographical area and the work of artists from across the seas. The editor, Tiffany Apostolou is a New York-based curator, writer, and consultant on matters of cross-temporal and interdisciplinary art practices.