Chrisoula Lionis is a writer and cultural producer based between Athens and Manchester. Working in the area of cultural politics, Lionis holds a PhD in Visual Culture (UNSW Australia, 2013) and is the author of Laughter in Occupied Palestine: Comedy and Identity in Art and Film (I.B. Tauris, 2016). Lionis’ has held several international teaching and research positions, including at the National Institute for Experimental Arts (UNSW Australia) in Sydney, and at the Department of Social Anthropology, Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences in Athens. Lionis is the Co-director of the pedagogical platform Artists for Artists and is currently a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Research Fellow at the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures at the University of Manchester, working on project Laughing in an Emergency: Humour, Cultural Resilience and Contemporary Art.
Elli Leventaki is an art historian, a curator, and a researcher. She is currently a curator at the Biennale of Western Balkans, while simultaneously collaborating with independent art programs and art spaces as a freelance curator.
She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Art History and Art Theory, and a Master’s degree in Art History and Curating, both from the Fine Arts Department of the University of Ioannina, Greece. She also holds a diploma on adult and continuous education from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, and is systematically attending seminars and talks on art, politics and gender.
Elli has years of experience as a curator and cultural manager, having collaborated as an arts-professional with various institutions, cultural spaces, festivals, artists and art-enthusiasts in independent projects. Furthermore, she has written numerous art-related texts for exhibition catalogues and scientific purposes. She often participates in conferences and lectures in Greece and abroad. She is a member of the Association of Greek Art Historians, AICA Hellas, ICOM, Europeana and a member of the History of Art Laboratory of the School of Fine Arts in the University of Ioannina.
THE ΤΕΛΟΣ SOCIETY EARTH
THE ΤΕΛΟΣ SOCIETY EARTH is an ongoing project, where visual essays over time will define TTS' geography of interest by situating its mission in-place.
By thinking-in-place, living-in-place and reflecting-in-place TTS focuses in the wider region of the Mediterranean, the Balkans, Southern Europe, North Africa and the Middle East.
As Leanne Betasamosake Simpson has best put it:
[...] The land, aki, is both context and process.
[...] Like governance, leadership and every other aspect of reciprocated life, education comes from the roots up. It comes from being enveloped by land.
TTS thanks Chrisoula Lionis, Sozita Goudouna, Christoforos Doulgeris, Elli Leventaki, Penelope Thomaidi, and Vicky Tsirou as well as all the participating artists whose work presents versions of our own reality and truth.
Special thanks to artist and curator, Christoforos Doulgeris who earlier this Fall curated the "Mediterranean Flux" photography exhibition in Naxos Island, Greece for the 1st Festival of Mediterranean Culture. Many thanks also to Artistic Director of the Festival, Kostas Theonas for the initial discussion.
Dr. Sozita Goudouna is a professor, curator and the author of "Beckett's Breath: Anti-theatricality and the Visual Arts" published by Edinburgh Critical Studies in Modernism. She holds a PhD from the University of London on art and respiration. She was the inaugural Andrew W. Mellon curator at Performa Biennial and is head of operations at Raymond Pettibon Studio, adjunct professor at City University New York (CUNY) and researcher at the Organism for Poetic Research supported by New York University and Brown University. Her internationally exhibited projects include participations at Performa Biennial in New York, Documenta, Onassis Foundation Festival, New Museum, Hunterian Museum, Benaki Museum, Byzantine Museum, EMST Contemporary Art Museum among others. Sozita served as treasurer of the board of directors of AICA Hellas International Art Critics Association and as member of the board of directors at ITI International Theatre Association, UNESCO.
Penelope Thomaidi is a freelance documentary photographer with a background in fine arts (MA in Artistic Production and Research from the University of Barcelona) and graphic design, based in Athens, Greece.
Interested in the relation between people and their territory, in her personal practice she pursues long-term projects exploring social and environmental issues, often focusing on subjects related to memory, self-determination and resistance.
After graduating from Creative Documentary and Photojournalism one-year programme by Magnum Photos and Spéos School of Photography in Paris (2018), she became a member of Hans Lucas photo agency and a co-editor at The Provinces, an online platform that showcases works that deal with the greek periphery. In 2020 she co-curated Balkans Today. The present of a wounded landscape, a pop-up photo exhibition spread in 17 different locations in central Athens showcasing 25 series that deal with contemporary life in the Balkans.
Amongst others her work has been shown at Helsinki Photo Festival, International Photography Festival of Bello Horizonte (FIF) and the YoungGreek Photographers exhibition of the Athens Photo Festival.
Chris Doulgeris lives and works between Athens, Greece and Dusseldorf, Germany. Ηε has participated in more than fifty museum and gallery shows both nationally and internationally in collaboration with: Basil & Elise Foundation, Athens, Greece; The State Museum of contemporary art in Thessaloniki Thessaloniki Greece; Contemporary Art Museum of Crete, Rethymno Crete; Photo Biennale 2010 & 2014 at the National Museum of Photography Thessaloniki; Foto Noviembre 2013 & 2015, International Photography Biennale, Tenerife Spain; Santorini arts Factory, Santorini Greece; Med Photo Festival Heraklion Greece; at the Athens School of Fine Arts, Athens; Descartes project space Dusseldorf Germany; Gallery IFA Donopoulos, Thessaloniki, Greece; Municipal art Gallery of Chania, Chania Greece.
Chris Doulgeris is represented by Donopoulos Gallery, Thessaloniki and has shown extensively in Greece and abroad.
Vicky Tsirou is a curator and arts writer. She is Gallery Co-Μanager at Eleni Marneri Galerie (Athens, GR), and collaborator at K-Gold Temporary Gallery (Lesvos, GR). She studied Art History and Theory at the Athens School of Fine Arts and gained hands-on experience working in major events and exhibitions in Greece and Italy as a curatorial assistant and cultural mediator (including Documenta14, the Cycladic Art Museum, the 4th Athens Biennale, the USA Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale, and also as an intern at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection). She participated in the Curatorial Exchange Programme between the Whitechapel Gallery of London and the NEON organization of Greece in 2018. Her research is focusing on the notions of participation and inclusivity in contemporary art, as well as on art as evocative communication into the public sphere.