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Marina Fokidis

“It’s all about the exhibition, isn’t it?” Curatorial practice and its entanglements
22 July–3 August 2019

Marina Fokidis, documenta 14
Marta Minujin, The Parthenon of Books, 2017, steel books and plastic sheeting, documenta 14, Kassel (DE), photo: Mathias Voelzke

Curatorial practice and theory

Hohensalzburg Fortress

Teaching language
English (teacher also speaks Greek)

What to bring
Laptop, pen and notebook; comfortable shoes


Maximum number of participants

Juliane Bischoff

Participation fee
€ 700.– (€ 540.–)

Exhibitions: About what? For whom? Where? And why?

How can one describe the actual “space” and “time” that an exhibition – a biennial, a mega-event or any sort of curatorial endeavour – occupies? Do times call for another model of art-dissemination and cultural mediation? Or perhaps even for a plethora of models which might reflect more adequately a set of multiple understandings of the complex notions of place and time? What is the role of contemporary art in shaping a democratic public sphere? What is the notion of “public space” within the context of an exhibition? Can this be a place between places at a time between times?

Starting from these questions, the course will explore the ever-changing nature of contemporary art exhibitions within the rapid socio-economic, political, environmental and technological transformation of our times. Through a series of readings, presentations and conversations, as well as hands-on research and praxis, participants will be invited to reflect on curatorial methodologies and challenges as have occurred in particular case studies such as the bi-locational documenta 14 and other scenarios which do not necessarily occupy the epicentre.

The class will include group seminars as well as visits followed by discussions and private tutorials. The aim of the course is that participants will work individually or in groups towards the formation of a curatorial 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