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The Politics of National Representation in the context of the Venice Biennale
Katerina Gregos

Translocal Institute
10 March 2016, 18.00

Katerina Gregos will speak about her approach and her experience in curating the Danish Pavilion in 2011 and the Belgian Pavilion in 2015. She will elaborate on alternative curatorial strategies that challenge the orthodoxy in the context of the national pavilions at the Venice Biennale, as well as what constitutes the notion of 'national representation'.

This talk is realised within the framework of Anthropocene Response, a series of guest lectures at Translocal Institute that provide a platform to consider changing paradigms of social, economic and cultural thought in the light of the awareness of ecological crisis.

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Katerina Gregos (born in Athens, Greece) is an art historian, curator and writer based in Brussels since 2006. Amongst many influential curatorial projects and the above mentioned Venice Biennial pavilions, she curated the 5th Thessaloniki Biennial entitled Between the Pessimism of the Intellect and the Optimism of the Will (2015), Newtopia: The State of Human Rights in Belgium (2012), and co-curated Manifesta 9 (2012). Gregos currently also holds the position of artistic director of Art Brussels. She was founding director and curator of the Deste Foundation’s Centre for Contemporary Art in Athens (1997-2002) and was artistic director of Argos Centre for Art and Media, Brussels (2006 & 2007). She regularly publishes on art and artists in exhibition catalogues, journals and magazines, and is a visiting lecturer at several art academies, including the HISK Higher Institute of Arts in Ghent, where she also curated the 2013 laureates exhibition, Portrait of the Artist: Works and References. She is also a frequent speaker at international conferences and symposia.


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