Saturday, January 14, 2012

3rd Athens Biennale - part III

3rd Athens Biennale 2011
23 October – 11 December 2011

Nicolas Bourriaud

Nicolas Bourriaud is a curator, art theorist and critic. In 1999 he founded Palais de Tokyo - Site for Contemporary Creation, in collaboration with the curator Jerome Sans, which he directed until 2006. He has been the Gulbenkian Curator at Tate Britain, London (2007-2010), where he curated the 4th Tate Triennial entitled “Altermodern”.

In addition, he has been a consultant of the Victor Pinchuk Foundation in Kiev (2004-2007) and of Parco d’ Arte Visuale in Turin (2005-2006). As an independent curator, he has collaborated with many international foundations, such as Espace St Nicolas, CAPC Museum of Contemporary Art and CRAC Contemporary Art Centre in France, San Francisco Art Institute and Basilico Gallery in the USA and Kunsthalle Fri-Art in Switzerland.

He has curated numerous exhibitions, such as the 2nd Moscow Biennale (2005, with Rosa Martinez, Daniel Birnbaum, Joseph Backstein, Hans Ulrich Obrist and Lara Boubnova) and the “Aperto” exhibition at the Venice Biennale (1993).

Bourriaud is widely known for his books “Relational Aesthetics” (1998), “PostProduction” (2001) and “The Radicant” (2009).

In particular, the Relational Aesthetics theory that he introduced in the book of the same name, which has been translated in 16 languages, proves to be influential to the critical approach of contemporary art that came into prominence in Europe during the early 90s. Nicolas Bourriaud is Head of Inspection of Artistic Creation for the French Ministry of Culture, Paris.

Xenia Kalpaktsoglou

Xenia Kalpaktsoglou is a curator and member of the XYZ curatorial trio. In 2005, together with Poka-Yio (Polydoros Karyofyllis) and Augustine Zenakos, she founded the Athens Biennale, which she co-directs.

She has curated solo and group exhibitions of Greek and foreign artists and she has recommended several Greek artists to participate in international exhibitions, such as the 1st Prague Biennale (2003), the “Mediterranean Dialogues” (Saint Tropez, 2006 & 2007), the Protonic Moment (Ljubliana, 2007), the Lyon Biennale (2007, as XYZ) and the Istanbul Biennale (2007, as XYZ).

Furthermore, she participates in artist selection committees in Greece and abroad: MAK: Center Artists and Architects in Residence Program (Vienna/Los Angeles, 2008), Photo-academy: Month of Photography Exhibition of the Year Award (Ljubljana, 2008), DESTE Prize Selection Committee (Italy, 2009) etc.

She often collaborates with art magazines in Greece and abroad, she writes artists’ catalogues and she contributes to publications concerning artistic projects, like Old News, Charley etc. In 2008 she was selected by the Frankfurter Kunstverein (together with the art critic and curator Christoforos Marinos) for the Deutsche Börse Curatorial Residency Program.

From 2006 to 2008, she was the director of the DESTE Foundation – Contemporary Art Centre. Since 2008 she has been a member of the International Association of Curators of Contemporary Art (IKT).


Poka-Yio was born in Athens in 1970. He studied at the Athens School of Fine Arts (Bachelor’s degree at Painting in 1996 and Master’s degree at Digital Art Forms in 2003).

In 1999, he founded the A-Station, Athens Centre of Contemporary Art, which he directed until 2005. He is a member of the XYZ curatorial trio, co-founder and co-director of the Athens Biennale (2005), together with Xenia Kalpaktsoglou and Augustine Zenakos.

He has curated and participated in several Greek and international exhibitions and has carried out three solo exhibitions. Since 2002 he teaches at the Athens Cultural Group. He has been a journal editor (1998-2004) and a member of ILIOS music group (1992-1996).
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