FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM 2020
For the third consecutive year, ARTWORKS invited young artists to apply for the SNF Artist Fellowship Award designed to provide financial support and offer opportunities for career development. Originally, for the 3rd cycle of the Program, ARTWORKS was planning to offer 80 fellowship awards to artists and curators born between 1979 and 1994. However, due to the impact of the Covid-19 health crisis and its consequences in the cultural sector, ARTWORKS with the support of its founding donor, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, will award 10 additional prizes to the runners-up. Therefore, this year ARTWORKS will support 84 artists born between 1979 and 1994, and working in the following disciplines:
- Visual arts: Painting, Sculpture, Printmaking, Photography, Installations, Performance, Video art, Multimedia/New media, Digital art
- Moving image: Fiction, Documentary, Animation
- Dance: Performance, Choreography
ARTWORKS will also offer 6 curatorial awards highlighting the significant role and the contribution curators have in the art scene.
Each Fellow will receive the award of 8,000€ to work over a period of eight months (October 2020 to May 2021). The award will be paid in two equal installments at the beginning and the end of the Program. During the course of the Program, ARTWORKS will invite art professionals for artists/curators talks, seminars and workshops, and will also organize studio visits and other skill-sharing events for the participating artists. The Fellows are expected to engage with the Program and will be required to report twice on the development of their artistic practice throughout the course of the Program.
Apart from their participation in the Program, nominated fellows will also have the opportunity to apply for residency programs outside Greece such as the International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) in New York, Delfina Foundation in London and SAHA in Istanbul. Their inclusion in these programs aims to provide them with stimuli and experiences that will help them to further develop their research and expand their network of contacts internationally.
SELECTION COMMITTEES 2020
SOTIRIOS BAHTSETZIS - ART HISTORIAN, CURATOR, ART CRITIC
Sotirios Bahtsetzis is curator of contemporary art, critic and Assistant Professor of modern and contemporary art history at Deree The American College of Greece and the Hellenic Open University. Group exhibitions: Homemade Exotica (2019), Beauty is the Method, (2015), SelfConscious (2014), Roaming Images Routes BIENNALE: 3 Thessaloniki (2011) Paint-id: Contemporary Painting in Greece, (2009), Women Only (2008) ), Open Plan Art-Athina, (2007), Drawing Screen (2006), An Outing, Beltsios Collection (2006). He has taught history of art and art theory at the University of Patras, and the University of Thessaly, as well as curatorial theory and practice at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Museology Program), Deree The American College of Greece and the Academy of Art and Design in Basel. He was a Fulbright Fellow at Columbia University as a Research Scholar. He is the artistic director of the G. & A. Mamidakis Foundation and the research director at ArtBOX and AthenSYN. He is a member of IKT, AICA and EEIT. He publishes articles in art theory journals (such as the E-flux Journal) and art history (Istoria tis Technis, aletheia, Sychrona Themata) as well as exhibition catalogs in Greece and internationally.
POLINA KOSMADAKI - ART HISTORIAN
Polina Kosmadaki is an art historian living and working in Athens. She holds a Ph.D in Art History from the University of Paris-IV-Sorbonne. She is currently Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art and Head of the Department of Paintings at the Benaki Museum, Athens and a Lecturer of Art History in the European Studies program of the Hellenic Open University. Since 2008 she is an associate researcher of the French School at Athens’ Modern Section, currently the Head Researcher of a project on the editor and art critic Christian Zervos and his journal Cahiers d’art. She has edited the volumes: Christian Zervos & Cahiers d’art, the archaic turn, 2019;Paris-Athènes 1919-1939 Le double voyage, École Francaise d’Athènes, 2018(with Lucile Farnoux);Greece: Traces of today, Imago Mundi, Fabrica, Luciano Benetton Foundation, 2015;Institution critique-critical institutions, AICAHELLAS, September 2013 (with Elpida Karaba). She has curated numerous exhibitions such as: Christian Zervos & Cahiers d’art, Benaki Museum, Musée Zervos Vézelay, École Francaise d‘Athènes 2019, Jannis Varelas, Anima I, 2019, Liquid Antiquity, DESTE & Benaki Museum 2017, Ametria, Deste & Benaki Museum, 2015, George Lappas, Happy Birthday, Deste & Benaki Museum 2016, Cabinets of Miracles with Christoforos Marinos for ZONE D, 2010. Since 2011 she is running the commissions program «Artists in dialogue with the Benaki Museum» (Andy Holden, Adam Chodzko, Ciara Philips, Zafos Xagoraris, Antonis Pittas), in collaboration with the British Council, Greece.
DAPHNE VITALI - ART HISTORIAN, CURATOR, WRITER
Daphne Vitali is a Greek/Italian Art historian and Curator based in Athens. She is a Curator at the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens (EMST) where she has curated numerous group and solo exhibitions of Greek and international artists. Among them are: In Present Tense. Young Greek Artists, 2008; Expanded Ecologies. Perspectives in a Time of Emergency, 2009; Kostis Velonis. Loneliness on Common Ground: How Can Society Do What Each Person Dreams, 2010; Current Pasts: Vangelis Vlahos & Ivan Grubanov, 2013; AFRESH A New generation of Greek Artists; 2014, Andreas Angelidakis. Every End is a Beginning, 2014; as well as the new series EMST Commissions a program of new productions commissioned by the museum for the Project Room. Among other institutions, she has also been invited to curate exhibitions at DEPO, Istanbul; Galleria Nazionale d’ Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Rome; Macedonian Museum of Contemporary, Thessaloniki; Quarter Centro Produzione Arte, Florence. More recently she curated the exhibition When the Present is History at DEPO, Istanbul in the framework of the 16th Istanbul biennial. She has published essays on contemporary art in various publications and periodicals such as Kunstforum International, Mousse, Artpulse and has authored and edited many artists’ catalogues. She studied History of Art at Camberwell College of Arts and Contemporary Art Theory at Goldsmiths College in London.
EVA STEFANI - DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKER, VISUAL ARTIST, POET
Eva Stefani is a documentary filmmaker, visual artist, and poet, using video and super 8 film to make observational documentaries and short visual poems. She studied political science at the University of Athens and film at École Varan in Paris, at the University of New York (MA in Cinema Studies) and at the National Film and Television School in London. She also studied Ethnographic Filmmaking at Panteion University (PhD, Athens). Selected filmography includes Manuscript (2017), Virgin’s Temple (2017), Dimitris Papaioannou (2012), Bathers (2008), What Time Is It? (2007), The Box (2004), Acropolis (2001), and Athene (1995). Her films have received awards internationally: Principal Prize, 64th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen; National Quality Award, Greek Ministry of Culture; International Film Critics Award (FIPRESCI); 1st Prize for Short Documentary, Cinéma du Réel, Paris. She has also participated in international exhibitions, most recently in the Greek Pavilion of the Venice Biennale (2019) and documenta 14 in Athens and Kassel (2017). She is the head of the Film Series at Patakis Publishers in Athens, as well as the author of two film books, Documentary: The Observation Game (Patakis, 2016) and 10 Texts on Documentary (Patakis, 2007), and a book in poetic prose, Fin’s Hair (Polis, 2014). Stefani teaches Cinema Studies at University of Athens and is a visiting professor at Freie Universität, Berlin.
Yorgos Tsourgiannis - Producer, Horsefly Productions
Yorgos Tsourgiannis is an independent film producer and the founder and managing director of the Athens based label Horsefly Productions under which he is currently working on the debut feature of Greek-German filmmaker Efthimis Kosemund Sanidis, provisionally entitled That Burning Light and Emin Alper’s fourth feature film Balkaya among others. He has recently completed the upcoming feature film of writer/director Michalis Konstantatos, All The Pretty Little Horses, a Greece- Belgium-Germany co-production. His credits include among others: Emin Alper’s A Tale of Three Sisters (2019, International Competition Berlin IFF, five awards in Istanbul IFF and Heart of Sarajevo IFF for best direction), Norway by Yiannis Veslemes (2014, Karlovy Vary, Fantastic Fest, five Hellenic Film Academy awards and the Fipresci Prize at Thessaloniki IFF), Luton by Michalis Konstantatos (2013, San Sebastian IFF, Best First Feature Athens IFF), Dogtooth by Yorgos Lanthimos (2009, Cannes IFF, Grand Prix Un Certain Regard and numerous other awards, nominated for an Academy Award for best foreign language film). Yorgos Tsourgiannis has been teaching since 2017, Feature Film Development at the School of Film Studies of the Fine Arts Department of the Thessaloniki Aristotle University and since 2012 the Film Production Module for the SAE School of Athens Bachelor in Digital Film Production. As a tutor, script and production consultant he regularly collaborates with a number of national and international institutions. He has been a member of the ACE network of Producers since 2010, a member of the board of Hellenic Film Academy and a member of European Film Academy.
SYLLAS TZOUMERKAS - FILM DIRECTOR, SCREENWRITER, ACTOR
Syllas Tzoumerkas was born in 1978 in Thessaloniki. He grew up in Thessaloniki, Kilkis and Nissyros. He studied film-direction, theatre and acting in Athens, Utrecht and New York. His feature films Homeland (2010), A Blast (2014) and The Miracle of the Sargasso Sea (2019) premiered in the Venice, Locarno and Berlin international film festivals respectively. The films were released in numerous theatres and venues worldwide, and have also participated in more than 200 international film festivals (Rotterdam, Karlovy Vary – Variety’s 10 European Directors to Watch, American Film Institute, BFI London, etc.). Syllas has directed shorts and TV-documentaries on current politics, 20th century history and literature. He co-wrote the scripts for feature films Suntan by Argyris Papadimitropoulos (Rotterdam, SXSW 2016) and All This Victory by Ahmad Ghussein (Venice 2019). As an actor, he participated in feature films Wasted Youth, Suntan and Monday by Argyris Papadimitropoulos, and The Eternal Return of Antonis Paraskevas by Elina Psykou. In theatre and for multi-platform works, he collaborated with Youla Boudali, the blitz theatre group, the Erasers, Onassis Stegi, Thessaloniki International Film Festival, the Greek National Opera, MOMus, and others. He is a member of the Hellenic and the European Film Academies.
EURIPIDES LASKARIDIS - PERFORMER, DIRECTOR
Euripides Laskaridis studied acting at the Art Theatre Karolos Koun in Athens and directing at Brooklyn College in New York. Since 1995 he had been performing for directors such as Dimitris Papaioannou and Robert Wilson, while he began directing his own work in the year 2000 for the stage and screen. In 2009, Euripides founded OSMOSIS. The company’s first travelling work, RELIC (2015), has been presented at over thirty festivals and venues worldwide, including Lyon Biennale de la Danse, Palais de Tokyo, the Barbican Pit, and the Public Theatre in NY. International tour stops of TITANS (2017) included Théâtre de la Ville, Festival TransAmériques, Berlin’s Tanz im August, and the Hong Kong Arts Festival. His work ELENIT is an international co-production (Belgium, Canada, France, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal & Spain) that premièred in 2019 at Onassis Stegi and is touring round the world throughout 2020 and 2021, alongside RELIC and TITANS. In 2016, Laskaridis was awarded the inaugural Pina Bausch Fellowship. In 2017, German tanz magazine included him in their Hoffnungsträger (Promising Talents) list, and he was appointed associate artist at Portugal’s leading residency space: O Espaço Do Tempo – Associação Cultural.
ΕFROSINI PROTOPAPA - CHOREOGRAPHER, SCHOLAR
Efrosini Protopapa is a London-based choreographer and scholar. Her research interests lie in experimental and conceptual practices across dance, theatre and performance and her work often focuses on notions of value and labour, negotiation and disagreement, thinking and encounter in/as performance. Following her undergraduate studies at the State School of Dance, Greece, and the Department of Theatre Studies at the University of Athens, she undertook an MA in Dance Studies at Laban London, funded by the State Scholarships Foundation, Greece, and the Onassis Foundation. She later completed a practice-based PhD at the University of Roehampton in London under the title: Possibilising dance: A space for thinking in choreography (2009). A winner of the Bonnie Bird New Choreography Award, Efrosini has presented choreographic work across the UK, the Netherlands, Germany and Greece. For the past few years, she has been working on a choreographic research project titled the friend at work, while recently she created a triptych of works under the title Disputatio I, II, III, commissioned by Siobhan Davies Dance and presented at the Barbican Curve and other gallery spaces in the UK with funding from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation. Efrosini works as a Reader in Dance at the University of Roehampton, where she convenes the MRes Choreography and Performance programme and supervises practice-led PhD projects. She also teaches workshops internationally and has published in journals, arts publications and catalogues for performance festivals. She is a co-author of the book The Practice of Dramaturgy: Working on Actions in Performance (Valiz, 2017).
STERIANI TSINTZILONI - DANCE CURATOR, RESEARCHER, THEORIST
Dr Steriani Tsintziloni works as a dance curator, researcher, and theorist. She has been the Dance Curator for the Athens and Epidaurus Festival (2016-2019) and Associate for Programming and Research for the Kalamata International Dance Festival (1998-2015). She is a graduate of the State School of Dance (Greece) and the Department of Education (University of Crete). She holds an MA in Dance Studies (University of Surrey) supported by an «Alex. Onassis Public Benefit Organisation» scholarship and a PhD from the University of Roehampton. She has lectured on dance history and theory and history in different professional and academic contexts, the Greek tate School of Dance, the Professional Dance School of the Greek National Opera, the University of Athens, Panteion University and the University of Patras. As a dance theorist she has collaborated with the European Dancehouse Network, the [DNA] Departures & Arrivals network, the “Isadora and Raymond Duncan” Dance Research Centre, she has been a member of the International Jury for Italian national platform NID 2019, member of the National Committee for Dance Funding (National Centre for Theatre & Dance 2008-2010), co-curator member of the editorial board for the Performance Studies International (PSi) Manifesto Lexicon (2011-2016) and Member of the Dance Committee of ‘Melina’ Project (Ministry of Education, Ministry of Culture, General Secretariat of Adults’ Education).
CHARIS KANELLOPOULOU - ART HISTORIAN, CURATOR, WRITER
Charis Kanellopoulou is an art historian, curator and writer. She holds a PhD in Art History by the School of Philosophy of the University of Athens. Her practice includes curating exhibitions of modern and contemporary art in collaboration with institutions such as the Bank of Greece, the Contemporary Greek Art Institute, the Athens School of Fine Arts and others. She teaches Art History at the Open University of Cyprus and the Hellenic Open University. Her research interests focus on modern and contemporary art, public art, the social character of art and the relationship between artistic creation and archives –she is the editor of the collective volume Kritiki+Techni [Criticism+Art] Vol. 6. Contemporary Art and the Archive: archival collections, artistic practices, reflections. Athens: AICA Hellas, 2015. She is a member of AICA Hellas (the Greek section of the International Association of Art Critics) and of the Association of Greek Art Historians.
ELPIDA KARABA - ART THEORIST, INDEPENDENT CURATOR
Elpida Karaba is an art theorist and independent curator. Her work and publishing record is focusing on the relationship between art and systems of knowledge, archival art and art in the public domain, performative and activist artistic practices. She is teaching at the University of Thessaly. She is head of research at the Centre of New Media and Feminist Public Practices at the Department of Architecture, University of Thessaly. She has collaborated with the Institute of Contemporary Greek Art (ISET) and organized the exhibition series Archive Rights. Among the publications of which she has been the editor and co-editor are: Creativity as Labor Reform, Contemporary Methodological Approaches in Theory, History and Criticism and Institutional Critique. Critical Institutions (Techni+Kritiki, AICA Hellas), Archive Public: Performing Archive in Public Space (Cube Editions), 9+1 Unrealized Projects. Curatorial Issues, (Futura Publications) and Exercises of Idiorythmy (Futura Publications). She has participated in the curatorial team of the 4th Athens Biennale, AGORA. In 2014 she has initiated the Temporary Academy of Arts (PAT), a hybrid of artistic, curatorial and educational practice. Part of PAT is SEP (Society of Cultural Workers) dedicated to the study, analysis, promotion and support of working affairs in culture.
STAMATIS SCHIZAKIS - ART HISTORIAN, CURATOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY AND NEW MEDIA EMST
Stamatis Schizakis studied history and theory of art and photography at the University of Derby and art history at Goldsmiths College. He works as a curator at the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens, since 2005. He has curated the exhibitions Bia Davou, Retrospective (2008) (co-curated with Tina Pandi), George Drivas, (un)documented(2009), Angelo Plessas, The Angelo Foundation: School of Music (2011), Marianne Strapatsakis, Invisible Places – The Vast White (2011), Rena Papaspyrou, Photocopies straight through matter (2011), Georgios Xenos, Procession No 163 & Thousand Images (2012), Phoebe Giannisi – TETTIX (2012) Dimitris Alithinos, A Retrospective (2013) (co-curated with Tina Pandi), PLEXUS Petros Moris – Bia Davou – Efi Spyrou (2015) (co-curated with Tina Pandi) as well as the screening programs Wonder Women (2010), Secret Journeys (2011) at EMST and Terrhistories-Greece as part of the 26th Festival instants Video in Marseilles (2013). Since 2015 he is a PhD candidate at the University of Sunderland researching the introduction of new technologies in art in Greece. Since 2017, he realizes the First and Last and Always Psiloritis Biennale.
SNF ARTIST FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM 2019
During the 2nd SNF Artist Fellowship Program, ARTWORS offered 80 awards to emerging Greek artists and curators:
- Visual Arts: 35 awards to visual artists between the ages 25-35 and 10 awards to visual artists between the ages 36-40
- Moving image: 15 awards to filmmakers between the ages 25-35 and 5 awards to filmmakers between the ages 36-40
- Dance: 10 awards to dancers/choreographers between the ages 25-35
- Curating: 5 awards to curators between the ages 25-35
Each Fellow will receive an award of 8,000€ to allow them time and freedom to develop their practice from September 2019 until May 202o. During the course of the Program, ARTWORKS has been organizing studio visits, work presentations, artists/curators talks, mentoring sessions, visits to museums, galleries and non-profit art spaces for the participants.
SELECTION COMMITTEES 2019
- Nadja Argyropoulou, Independent Curator
- iliana Fokianaki, Curator, Writer
- Charis Kannelopoulou, Art Historian, Curator, Writer
- Nikos Navridis, Visual artist, Professor, Athens School of Fine Arts
- Nayia Yakoumaki, Curator, Head of Curatorial Studies, Whitechapel Gallery
- Maria Drandaki, Film Producer
- Angelos Frantzis, Film Director,
- Jacob Moe, Co-founder & Managing Director, Syros International Film Festival
- Ermira Goro, Dancer, Choreographer
- Anastasios Koukoutas, Dance theory, Dance Dramaturgy
- Christos Papadopoulos, Dancer, Choreographer
- Anna Kafetsi, Director, AnnexM for the Visual Arts, Athens Concert Hall
- Christophoros Marinos, Art Historian, Independent Curator
- Fay Zika, Associate Professor, Athens School of Fine Arts
SNF ARTIST FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM 2018
In 2018, ARTWORKS inaugurated the SNF Artist Fellowship Program with the aim of providing financial support and opportunities for career development to young Greek artists. Τhe Pilot Program was launched in April 2018 with the participation of 60 artists between the ages of 25-35 working in the following disciplines:
- Visual Arts: painting, sculpture, engraving, photography, installations, performance, video art, mixed and new media, digital art
- Moving Image: feature films, documentaries, animation
Each Fellow received a 6,000€ award to work over a period of six-months (April – October 2018). During the course of the Program, ARTWORKS encouraged the participating artists to share their work and also organised networking events and mentoring sessions with art professionals and experts.
SELECTION COMMITTEES 2018
- Daphne Dragona, Curator, Transmediale, Berlin
- Christopher Marinos, Art historian and Curator, Athens
- Vassilis Oikonomopoulos, Assistant Curator, Collection International Art, Tate Modern
- Katerina Stathopoulou, Assistant Curator, Department of Photography, MoMA
- Pantelis Chandris, Artist, Professor, School of Fine Arts, Athens
- Christos Karakepelis, Film Director
- Timon Koulmasis, Director, Greek Film Center Representative, Eurimages
- Yorgos Zois, Director and Producer