SNF ARTIST FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM 2022
Since 2018, ARTWORKS has financially supported 390 individuals -primarily artists but also curators-, in order to encourage them to continue and further develop their creative practice.
In 2022, following the previous 4 cycles of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) Artist Fellowship Program, ARTWORKS invited once again, Greek artists working in the Visual arts (painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, installations, performance, video art, multimedia, new media, digital art), in Moving image (directors, screenwriters, producers for fiction, documentary, animation films), in Dance (performance and/or choreography) and in Curating to apply for the Fellowship.
Eventually,80 individuals were selected to participate in the 5th cycle of the Program: 40 visual artists, 20 filmmakers/ screenwriters/film producers, 15 dance artists and 5 curators. Each Fellow received the monetary award of 8.000€ and is encouraged to engage with the current Program that started in October 2022 and is expected to be completed in May 2023. With the active participation of the awardees in the skill-sharing and professional events (lectures, seminars and workshops, group visits to galleries and museums, studio visits, mentoring sessions and others) organized by ARTWORKS, our team aspires to create a framework of dialogue and mutual support for the Fellows.
SELECTION COMMITTEES 2022
XENIA KALPAKTSOGLOU - CURATOR, FOUNDING MEMBER OF THE LABORATORY FOR THE URBAN COMMON
Xenia Kalpaktsoglou (1974) is a curator and a founding member of the Athens-based collective Laboratory for the Urban Commons (Neo Cosmos). Her curatorial practice is rooted in collaboration, the creation of (trans-)local projects and initiatives, and in the reconsideration of the protocols of exchange and production between cultural producers and institutions/organizations. She co-founded the Athens Biennale and co-directed it from 2005–2016; during those years she was primarily active with the curatorial team XYZ. Between 2006-2008 she was the director of the DESTE Foundation. She is currently a PhD candidate at the Artistic Research department at the Zurich University of the Arts / Linz University of the Arts.
Photography: Stella Marinou, 2022
ELENI KAMMA - VISUAL ARTIST AND RESEARCHER
Eleni Kamma (1973, Athens) is a visual artist and researcher. She studied at the Athens School of Fine Arts and the Chelsea College of Art & Design in London. In 2008/2009 she was a Fine Art Researcher at the Jan Van Eyck Academie, Maastricht. She holds a PhD Doctoral degree from Leiden University Academy of Creative and Performing Arts. Her doctoral thesis “Taking Place: Parrhesiastic Theater as a Model for Artistic Practice” and her artistic project “Casting Call (2017-ongoing)” explore the relevance of the practice of parrhesia for critical contemporary artistic practices. Solo exhibitions have been held at the Centre de la Gravure et de l’Image Imprimée, La Louvière (2022); West Den Haag (2021); SPACE, Liege (2021), ArBA-EsA, Royal Academy of Fine Arts of Brussels (2018); Netwerk, Aalst (2015), Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki (2013); NAK Neuer Aachener Kunstverein, Aachen (2012); Museum Alex Mylona, Athens (2012); Wiels, Brussels (2011). Her work has been presented at various exhibition venues and festivals world-wide, including, among others, the 10th International Istanbul Biennial (2007); the 5th Thessaloniki Biennale (2015); Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2016); ARGOS Centre for Audiovisual Arts, Brussels (2015); Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Bonn (2013) ; the 1st Limburg Biennale, Marres, Maastricht (2020); Centre d’art Le Lait, Albi (2020); EMST National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens (2017); Petach Tikva Museum of Art, Petach Tikva (2017), Casino Luxembourg, Luxembourg (2011); Bonnefanten Museum, Maastricht (2008); DESTE Foundation, Athens (2007); SALT, Istanbul (2011); Dazibao, Montreal (2019); Kristianstads konsthall, Kristianstad (2020); Transmediale, Berlin (2016); Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin (2021) and Playground Festival, Museum-M, Leuven (2018). In 2012 she was the recipient of Neuer Aachener Kunstverein’s PREIS FÜR JUNGE KUNST. Kamma has been a visiting lecturer at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague, LUCA School of Arts, Brussels, MAFAD, Maastricht, Royal Academy of Fine Arts of Brussels, École nationale supérieure des arts visuels de La Cambre, Brussels and Frank Mohr Institute, Groningen. She lives and works in Brussels and Maastricht.
Photography: Natalia Tsoukala
TINA PANDI - ART HISTORIAN, CURATOR, NATIONAL MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART (EMST)
Tina Pandi is an art historian and curator. She holds a Ph.D. in Art History from the University Paris Nanterre. Her thesis focuses on the artistic, critical, and theoretical approaches to the notion of the system in drawing practices c. 1965-1975. Since 2006, she is a curator at the National Museum of Contemporary Art (EMST) Athens. She has curated and co-curated numerous retrospective, personal, and group exhibitions, such as In Present tense (2007), Afresh. A new generation of Greek artists (2014), Unpacking my library (2018), PLEXUS. Petros Moris – Bia Davou – Efi Spyrou (2015) Bia Davou. A Retrospective (2008), Nikos Kessanlis. From matiere to the image (2007), Chronis Botsoglou. A Retrospective (2010), Dimitris Alithinos. A Retrospective (2013), Nina Papaconstantinou. Instead of Writing (2011), This is a poem. Visual Poetry Group 1981-2011 (2011). She has participated in a research program on the subject of the institutional and artistic processes for the foundation of a museum of contemporary art in Greece. In 2021, she worked at the University of Thessaly for teaching a course on curatorial practices. Her texts have been published in international journals and numerous catalogues, while she has participated in international conferences and public programs (documenta 14, Tate Intensive, CIHA, AAH, UNESCO, Association of Greek Art Historians, AICA Hellas, Athens art book fair, 3 137 etc). She lives and works in Athens.
MENELAOS KARAMAGHIOLIS - FILMMAKER
Menelaos Karamaghiolis is a filmmaker who works in Athens producing feature films, documentaries, video art and radiomovies and video installations starring real-life neglected heroes and transcending frontiers and stereotypes to serve as an essential tool for dialogue and social change. His films have been screened globally and won many awards. His filmography includes the feature documentary ROM, 1989, that was considered “a turning point for Greek documentary films” and “a masterpiece that must become a classic of the history of cinema”, the fiction films BLACK OUT (p.s. RED OUT), 1998, considered to be “the first post-modern Greek film” and J.A.C.E. – Just Another Confused Elephant, 2011, participated in 48 international festivals (including TIFF Toronto International Film Festival) and won 11 awards and the first greek interactive documentaries, MEETING WITH REMARKABLE PEOPLE (12 feature films, 180 short films). His video installations have been shown at the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens, the Venice Biennale, the Rodeo and the Geneva Contemporary Art Center (mini retrospective) etc.
EKTORAS LYGIZOS - DIRECTOR AND FILMMAKER
Born in Athens in 1976. He studied Greek Literature, Linguistics and Film Directing. His feature film BOY EATING THE BIRD’S FOOD (2012) premiered at Karlovy Vary Film Festival, won several awards and was in Competition at the International Film Festivals of Toronto, London, Montreal, Seville, Reykjavic, Hong Kong, Linz, Brussels, Leeds, Goa, Haifa, Thessaloniki, Bergen and Tallinn among others. It has also won the Best Feature Film, Best Leading Actor and Best Newcomer Director Awards from the Greek Film Academy (2013). His short film PURE YOUTH was premiered at Venice Film Festival 2004 – Official Competition. He has directed for the stage plays by Aeschulus, Euripides, Shakespeare, Moliere, Ibsen, Beckett, Verdi, Checkov, Jarry, Frayn, Boretz and Murray, Koumendakis, Walsh, Minyana, Owen and Klaus at the National Theatre of Greece, the Athens and Epidaurus Festival, the Onassis Culture Centre, the Greek National Opera among others.
KONSTANTINA STAVRIANOU - FILM PRODUCER
Konstantina Stavrianou co-founded Graal, a production company and a post-production facility, based in Athens, Greece. She oversees the production & co-production sectors for both Greek and international productions and is Graal’s co-managing director. The company has co-produced 65 films to date and has a portfolio of approximately 430 titles. In 2012 & 2013 she has been in the Hellenic Film’s Academy organizing committee of the two-day conference “Riding the Greek Wave” in Athens. Its first instalment focused on project development and festival strategies, while in 2013 on international co-production & distribution. Since 2014, attends workshops as post-production tutor collaborating with FOCAL Digital Production Challenge, Doha Film Institute, Red Sea Lodge and others. She is a member of the preselection / selection committee at the Berlinale co-pro series, Torino Film Lab, Locarno Open Doors consultances and Biennale College Cinema. She is a MEDIA programme expert, a Berlinale talents alumna and member of the EAVE network. Since 2021, she is an awarded member of the Hellenic Film Academy.
*SOFIA MICHAILIDOU - Film Programmer
She studied Philosophy, Psychology and German Literature (Master of Arts, Frankfurt University). For over 30 years she planned and organized cultural events, mainly related to cinema, at the Goethe-Institut Athen, until April 2020. She has participated in several juries in Germany and Greece.
* Activation of the procedure when one of the members of the Selection Committee is obliged to abstain of his duties.
MYRTO KATSIKI - DANCE RESEACHER, DANCER
Myrto Katsiki is a dance researcher and dancer based in Paris. Her research and teaching focus on the analysis of choreographic works and practices with a particular interest in questionning the performer’s experience and the spectator’s perceptual activity. She has studied dance at the State School of Dance, Athens and holds an MA from the Dance Department of Paris 8 University where she is currently completing a PhD research on the notion of the neutral in dance (supported by an Onassis Foundation scholarship). She teaches in the Dance Department of Paris 8 University and at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris where she also coordinates the research within the MA programme for dancers. Since 2013, she belongs to the pedagogical team of the MA programme in choreography exerce at ICI-Centre chorégraphique national of Montpellier where she teaches, provides mentoring and collaborates in designing the programme. She was a member of the editorial board of Repères. Cahier de danse. She has taught workshops, provided mentoring and collaborated as a researcher with structures such as Théâtre de la Ville, Centre national de la danse, Tanzquartier Wien, ImPulsTanz – Vienna International Dance Festival, Far° – fabrique des arts vivants Nyon, La Manufacture – Haute école des arts de la scène Lausanne. She has been working as a dramaturge with choreographers Katerina Andreou, DD Dorvillier and Ali Moini. Since 2016, she collaborates as a performer with DD Dorvillier.
MARIELA NESTORA - CHOREOGRAPHER, RESEARCHER
Mariela Nestora is a choreographer, researcher and Feldenkrais practitioner based in Athens, Greece. She studied: Master’s program on artistic research- ArtEZ University of the Arts (Holland), Feldenkrais method Professional Training (Greece1, IFF), Contemporary dance and Choreography-London Contemporary Dance School (UK), Biology-B.Sc., Queen Mary and Westfield (UK) and Human Molecular Genetics (M.Sc. St.Mary’s Medical School, Imperial College (UK). Her artistic research is situated within Post Humanism, investigating choreography as a gathering, currently developing a methodology on what she has coined as molecular choreography. As the choreographer of YELP danceco. (2001-) she has been creating performances for the stage, as well as site specific and public space projects, supported by the Greek Ministry of Culture, Athens and Epidaurus Festival, Onassis Cultural Center, Kalamata International Festival a.o. As an independent artist, (2011-17), she has been involved in several collectives (Green Park, Kolektiva Omonoia, Embros Theatre, Syndesmos Chorou), while she instigated the Collective Choreography Project CCP and from stage to page an artist led platform and publications on the Greek dance scene YELP danceco. works have been presented in Maribor, Ljubljana, Zagreb, Kassel, Berlin, London, Brighton, Ipswich, Bologna, Montpellier, Breste, Bucharest, Parnu, Aarhus, Brussels, Athens, Kavala, Patras, Thessaloniki, Volos, Hydra, Heraclion, Chania and have been selected to participate in ITI platform, Greek Biennial Dance Platform, Athens Biennial, Plesna Isba, Municipal Theatre of Patras, Patra Cultural Capital, The Place Commissions, The Video Place, Videodance festival and MIR festival. Mariela works as choreographer, Feldenkrais practitioner, movement director for theatre and mentor.
Alexandra Waierstall - CHOREOGRAPHER, DANCE ARTIST
Born in England and raised in Cyprus, Alexandra Waierstall is a Düsseldorf based choreographer and artist practicing for over 15 years. Her conceptually, physically detailed, crafted investigations are expressed through choreographies, installations, films, situations, sounds, texts and images. She approaches choreography as a vehicle for developing new skills and knowledge for living together, connecting bodies, life-forms, and environments. Choreography as a practice, as an act of empowerment, a way to reimagine and reinvent our world anew. She advocates for a form of radical attentiveness, across different contexts including theatres, galleries, museums, publications and in public spaces. Internationally, she has presented works at Musée du Louvre – FIAC, Sadler’s Wells, Dansenshus Oslo, Mousonturm, Crossing Festival Beijing, Fringe Festival Shanghai, International Festival Seoul, Dansenshus Stockholm, Sesc Pompeia (São Paulo), De Pont Museum of Contemporary Art, Kunsthalle Mannheim, Bauhaus Museum amongst others. Alexandra Waierstall has choreographed the companies National Dance Company of Wales and tanzmainz. Her choreographic work has been selected and supported by networks such as Aerowaves, Modul Dance, IDEE – Initiatives in Dance through European Exchange as well as Chin-A-moves. Since 2007 her work has been co-produced by tanzhaus nrw in Germany.
Photography: Jörg Lenz
DAPHNE DRAGONA - INDEPENDENT CURATOR, THEORIST, WRITER
Daphne Dragona is an independent curator, theorist and writer based in Berlin. Among her topics of interest have been: the controversies of connectivity, the promises of the commons, the importance of affective infrastructures, the ambiguous role of technology in relation to the climate crisis. Some of her curated -or co-curated- exhibitions are: Weather Engines (Onassis Stegi & National Observatory of Athens, 2022), Stefania Strouza, 212 Medea: Recited from and Empty Middle (AnnexM, Megaron, Athens, 2021), Trials & Errors (Romantso, Athens, 2021) Reprogramming Earth (NeMe, Limassol, 2020) Kyriaki Goni, Counting Craters on the Moon (Aksioma, 2019), Tomorrows, Urban fictions for possible futures (Diplareios, Athens, 2017), Capture All (transmediale, Berlin, 2015), Afresh, a new generation of Greek artists (ΕΜSΤ, 2013), Homo Ludens Ludens (Laboral, Gijon, 2008). Articles of hers have been published in various books, journals, magazines, and exhibition catalogs by the likes of Springer, Sternberg Press, Diaphanes, and Leonardo Electronic Almanac. Talks of hers have been hosted at Mapping Festival (Geneva), MoMA (New York), Hek (Basel), Arts in Society (London), Leuphana University (Lueneburg) and Goethe University (Frankfurt). Dragona has worked as curator for transmediale festival (Berlin) from 2015 until 2019, and more recently for EMAF (Osnabrück) for the editions of 2021 and 2022. She holds a PhD from the Faculty of Communication & Media Studies of the University of Athens.
Photography: Pinelopi Gerasimou
GALINI NOTTI - CURATOR
Galini Notti (b. 1980) is a curator who lives and works in Athens, Greece. In 2020, she curated the show Statues that don’t move, don’t speak, don’t laugh in three public squares in Athens. She has also curated one of the “Top Tens” for the project Shadow Libraries: UbuWeb in Athens at Onassis Cultural Centre, the exhibition Survey in the context of Art-Athina 2017, co-curated the show (Im)material Gestures as part of the project PIIGS_An Alternative Geography of Curating at Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo in Turin, curated the exhibition Overseas at The American College of Greece in Athens and the show Fireworks out of Season – Riviera at the Riviera open-air cinema in the Exarcheia neighborhood of Athens. She has participated in the curatorial team of the 4th Athens Biennale – Agora as well as curated and co-curated exhibitions at independent, artist-run, municipal and commercial spaces. In addition, she often writes about artists and exhibitions. In 2013 she was the recipient of the NEON Curatorial Award. She holds a BA in Philosophy from the University of Ioannina, Greece and MAs in Aesthetics from Paris 1 University and in Museology from the Ecole du Louvre, Paris, France. She has worked in museums and galleries in Paris, New York and Athens. For many years she was in charge of the Art Collection of the American College of Greece and is currently assistant curator at NEON.
SYRAGO TSIARA - DIRECTOR OF THE NATIONAL GALLERY - ALEXANDROS SOUTSOS MUSEUM
Syrago Tsiara is an art historian and curator. She is the Director of the National Gallery – Alexandros Soutsos Museum. Until recently, she directed the ΜΟΜus – Museum of Contemporary Art and the Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art. She studied history and archaeology at the Faculty of Philosophy, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki; and history of art at the University of Leeds, UK. She gained a PhD from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, with her thesis focusing on the role of public sculpture in the shaping of national memory. She has taught modules on Public Art History and on Theory of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Department of History and Archeology, University of Thessaly (2003 – 2006). Since 2000, she has been part of the curatorial team of the National Museum of Contemporary Art Athens (EMST). She has served as Director of the Contemporary Art Center of Thessaloniki for 13 years. Since 2017, she has been at the head of the Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art. She curated the Greek Pavilion during the 55th Venice Biennale (2013) and was appointed National Commissioner of the 58th Venice Biennale in 2019. In the same year, she was co-director of EMST and curated the project of bringing the permanent collection of the Municipal Art Gallery of Larissa G.I. Katsigras back on show. Her research interests focus on such issues as identity, the public sphere, gender, memory and politics in contemporary art.
SNF ARTIST FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM 2021
The 4th cycle of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Artist Fellowship Program was completed in June 2022.
In the 4th cycle of the Program, 80 individuals, active in the fields of Visual Arts, Moving Image, Dance and Curating, were awarded the SNF Artist Fellowship, receiving each a monetary prize of 8,000 euros.
Apart from financial support, during the course of the Program, ARTWORKS organized professional development and skill-sharing events (artists’ and curators’ talks, seminars, workshops, lectures, mentoring sessions), creating connections among the participants as well as with other professionals in the cultural field.
After their participation in the Program, nominated Fellows will have the opportunity to apply for residency programs outside Greece. Our network of collaborations include the International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) in New York, Delfina Foundation in London, SAHA Association in Istanbul and K3 Tanzplan in Hamburg. Through their participation in these programs, the selected Fellows will gain additional experience that will help them further develop their career and expand their list of contacts within the international arts community.
The selection committee members who evaluated the applications for the 4th cycle of the Program were the following:
SELECTION COMMITTEES 2021
- Marina Fokidis, Independent curator, Former director of Kunsthalle Athena
- Helena Papadopoulos, Founding director of Radio Athènes
- Antonis Pittas, Art and teacher at the Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam
- Sofia Michailidou, Film programmer
- George Karnavas, Film producer, Heretic
- Timon Koulmasis, Film director, representing Greece at Eurimages
- Antonios Foniadakis, Choreographer
- Konstantina Georgelou, Performing arts theorist, dramaturg and researcher based in Amsterdam
- Angeliki Stellatou, Choreographer
- Katerina Gregos, Director of the National Museum of Contemporary Art, EMST
- Xenia Kalpaktsoglou, Curator and Writer, founding member of the Laboratory of Urban Commons (LUB)
- Daphne Vitali, Art historian, Curator at the National Museum of Contemporary Art, EMST
SNF ARTIST 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, 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, awarded 10 additional prizes to the runners-up.
There were 84 artists and 6 curatorial Fellows participating in the Program, 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
The Program was completed in June 2021.
SELECTION COMMITTEES 2020
- Sotirios Bachtsetzis, Art historian, Curator, Art critic
- Polina Kosmadaki, Art historian
- Daphne Vitali, Art historian, Curator, EMST
- Eva Stefani, Documentary Filmmaker, Visual artist, Poet
- Yorgos Tsourgiannis, Producer, Horsefly Productions
- Syllas Tzoumerkas, Film director, Screenwriter, Actor
- Euripides Laskaridis, Performer, Director
- Efrosini Protopapa, Choreographer, Scholar
- Steriani Tsintziloni, Dance curator, Researcher, Theorist
- Charis Kanellopoulou, Art historian, Writer, Curator
- Elpida Karaba, Art theorist, Independent Curator
- Stamatis Schizakis, Art historian, Curator of Photography and New Media, EMST
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 organized studio visits, work presentations, artists/curators talks, mentoring sessions, visits to museums, galleries and non-profit art spaces for the participating artists.
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