Elia Kalogianni (1995) was born and raised in Athens. She studied at the School of Fine Arts in Thessaloniki and continued her audiovisual studies at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam, from where she graduated in 2019. In 2017, she attended courses in analog film and performance at Cooper Union College in New York. She works as a filmmaker and visual artist. Her work combines films, video installations and video essays. In her practice, she gives value to what usually remains invisible and, adopting a female gaze approach, she aims to raise questions about loneliness, memories, contact, identity, surveillance and the distinction between reality and fantasy. Elia has participated in exhibitions at the Stedelijk Museum, Eye Film Museum and the International Theater in Amsterdam, among others. Her short film Phélia (2020) premiered at the 49th International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR), was a finalist for the Hellenic Film Academy Awards (category: best student short film) and has been awarded and screened in many international festivals. Soldier 365 (2019), her first experimental short film, received a Special Mention at the Eye on Art Research Lab organized by the Eye Film Museum in Amsterdam and premiered at the Drama International Short Film Festival. She is currently working on Mammalia, a short experimental film supported by the Greek Ministry of Culture, the Greek Film Centre and the Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation. She has also collaborated on projects for the exhibition center Looiersgracht 60 (Netherlands), the Amsterdam Conservatory (CvA) and Onassis Stegi. Elia also works as an exhibition manager at the Eye Film Museum in Amsterdam and as a coordinator for the environmental program Echoes, part of the Aegean Film Festival. She is a fellow of LAPS: Research Institute for Art and Public Space (Netherlands). She has been awarded the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Artist Fellowship by ARTWORKS (2022).
Prickly Pears, The Birthplace 2022