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iLiana Fokianaki is writer and curator based in Athens and Rotterdam. In 2013 she founded State of Concept Athens, the first non-profit gallery in Athens that promotes Greek and international artists through solo exhibitions, but also invites international curators to create exhibitions that comment on the current socio-political landscape. She has worked with artists Laure Prouvost, Hito Steyerl and Keren Cytter among others. State of Concept is also focusing on a pedagogical program that enables Greek art students and artists through free consultations, to further their studies and develop their projects. It has also been operating as an open platform that hosts fellow curators and artists for talks, events and presentations. In 2016, together with Antonia Alampi she founded Future Climates, a platform that aims to propose viable futures for small-scale organizations of contemporary art and culture, which will firstly manifest in Athens in March 2017 with a three-month school. Since March 2017 she is curator of Extra City Kunsthal in Antwerp.
She has taught and lectured and taken part in panel discussions in various independent spaces and institutions worldwide (DAI, UMPRUM, IASPIS a.o). iLiana is a contributing author of the book The International Art Markets published by Kogan Page (London, New York, 2009) and the book “Visions: Art as Transference” (Plethron, Athens, 2005) and has written for magazines such as Frieze, LEAP, Art Papers, artagenda, Apollo, MetropolisM and Monopol, whilst extensively writing on culture and current affairs in Greek media from 2005. She holds an MA in Arts Criticism from City University London under the supervision of Juliet Steyn and Judith Williamson. She is currently on her phd research on performativity, identity and politics.