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Marina Fokidis

Everything you always wanted to know about curating and a few more questions
20–29 July 2020

Ping Pong Performance, Course Marina Fokidis
Lena Moscha in Kostas Tsioukas Dance Company’s score for the opening of Kunsthalle Athena, 2010, performance
and ping-pong. In the background: Matthieu Laurette, Opportunities, Let’s Make Lots of Money, 2005, installation view from THE BAR, Kunsthalle Athena, Athens, 2010, photo: Anneta Papadatou

Curatorial practice and theory

Hohensalzburg Fortress

Teaching language
English (the teacher also speaks Greek and French)

What to bring
Laptop, pen and notebook; favourite readings; lots of questions, comfortable shoes


Maximum number of participants

Eleanna Papathanasiadi

Participation fee
€ 616.– (€ 488.–)

How can we “curate” together in times of a recurring hyper-corporeality? What have been the major changes in the role of the curator over the last twenty years? How has the role of the “museum” or that of any kind of art institution transformed over the same period of time? What kind of exhibitions or other type of projects could and should be implemented today? For whom do we curate and to whom we are accountable? Is the architectural form of the exhibition vessel still valid, especially in times like ours, where the “public space” of the streets has become the major point for people’s togetherness and interconnectedness? What is the role of contemporary art in shaping a democratic public sphere? How can we learn from each other? Who needs us curators, anyway?

Conceived with the task of formulating as many questions as possible, the course will explore the ever-changing nature of curatorial practice within the socio-economic, political and environmental transformation of our times. Through a series of readings and conversations, participants will be invited to reflect on curatorial methodologies and challenges, as these occur in the case studies that will be presented by a set of invited guest speakers and the teachers. The aim is to be able to formulate a set of ten core questions (in analogy to the ten commandments) which might add to the overall pursuit of the advancement of curatorial research and praxis. This “decalogue” will be visualised in ways selected by the participants and publicly presented.

The classes will include group readings, seminars, guest curators’ presentations and a few field visits followed by discussions and private tutorials. Participants may choose to work in smaller groups or collectively towards the formation of their final project/idea.
Marina Fokidis is a curator and writer based in Athens. In 2014, she was appointed Head of the Artistic Office in Athens and curatorial adviser for documenta 14. She is the founder of Kunsthalle Athena and founding director and editor-in-chief of South as a State of Mind, an arts and culture magazine.

In 2011 Fokidis was one of the curators of the 3rd Thessaloniki Biennial of Contemporary Art. She was also commissioner and curator of the Greek Pavilion at the 51. Biennale di Venezia (2003) and one of the curators of T.I.C.A.B. – Tirana International Contemporary Art Biannual 1 (2001). She was an adjunct curator at the Art Space Pythagorion – Schwarz Foundation, where she curated solo shows with newly-commissioned works by Slavs and Tatars (2013) and Nevin Aladağ (2014). From 2001 to 2008 she served as co-director of Oxymoron, a non-profit organisation in Athens dedicated to the promotion of contemporary visual art in Greece on an international level.

Fokidis has curated several shows internationally and has written for various art publications including Friezeart-agenda, ARTINFO and Manifesta Journal. She was a jury member for various awards including the Preis der Nationalgalerie 2019, Videobrasil 2017, BES Revelação 2013 – Museu Serralves and the 2013 Furla Art Award.

Marina Fokidis, “Learning from Athens – A Working Title and a Working Process for documenta 14 in Athens and Kassel”, in: Joasia Krysa (ed.): The Biennial Condition: Stages #6, Liverpool Biennial, 2017.
Marina Fokidis, “Kunsthalle Athena, The Institution as a Performance”, in: João Mourão, Luís Silva: Performing the institution(al) – Volumes 4 & 5, Cura Books & Kunsthalle Lisbon, 2016.
Marina Fokidis, “Sierra_Oscar_Uniform _Tango _Hotel”, in: Galit Eilat, Nuria Enguita Mayo, Charles Esche, Pablo Lafuente, Luiza Proença, Oren Sagiv, and Benjamin Seroussi (eds.): Making Biennials in Contemporary Times, Essays from the World Biennial Forum 2, online publication, 2014.
Marina Fokidis, “Hijacking Cultural Policies“, in: Judith Kapferer (eds.): The State and the Arts. Articulating Power and Subversion, Berghan Books, New York 2008.

Marina Fokidis
Portraitfoto: Evangelia Kranioti