Jenny Marketou is a Greek visual artist, writer and educator, living and working between New York and Athens. Marketou is internationally recognized for her experimental research-based art projects, architectural enviroments , public actions , publications, and curriculum development that deal with a wide range of media and disciplines with an emphasis on social and environmental justice to investigate some of the most urgent sociopolitical and economic issues of the present. She is currently focusing on art practices that expand beyond the art/design realm to become policies, associations, groups, or other sustainable social or political structures and practices, with the aim of translating the results into pedagogical strategies.
Marketou is the co editor with Stephanie Bailey ,chief editor Ocula Art Magazine, of the special publication Organizing from Below/HOW Assemblies Matter? 2017 , Naked Punch Publishers which provides the theoretical bases for her project HOW Assemblies Matter? 2016 commissioned by Neon/Outset for the 6th Biennial of Athens, OMONOIA. She contributed to The School of Everything, 2017 ,Futura Publishers , Athens ,Greece and Perform Interdependency, 2017 a collaboration with the Kunsthochschule Kassel and the Arts and Media at Zurich University of Arts and ASFA, Kassel University Press GmbH and More Art In the Public Eye ,2019, Duke University Press. She authored with her photographs and interviews The Great Longing : The Greeks of Astoria, Queens , Kedros Publishers, Athens, Greece.
Marketou participated in international exhibitions including ; Radiator Gallery, LIC,New York; Parliament of Bodies, Documenta 14, Athens/Kassel; The High Line ,New York; Artium Museum, Spain ; Museum Tinguely,Basel ; Kumu Art Museum, Tallinn,Estonia; ZKM, Karlsruhe; New Museum,New York ; Reina Sofia ,Madrid; The Queens Museum; Apex Art, New York; Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Massachusetts ; Krannert Art Museum (KAM)University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ;The National Museum of Contemporary Art ,EMST,Athens,Greece; 1st Biennial of Cartagena de Indias, Colombia; 5th & 6th Athens Biennial ; Biennial of Valencia. She represented Greece in the Biennial of Sao Paolo ,Brazil and Manifesta, International European Biennial.
Marketou has taught at Cooper Union School of Art in New York, at California Institute for the Arts, (CalArts) Valencia,CA, the School of Fine Arts (ASFA) in Athens ,Greece and as of Fall 2020 she is teaching at The New School for Social research in New York City.
Vassilis Noulas is a theatre director, visual artist and founding member of the performance group Nova Melancholia. He studied Drama at the University of Athens, Visual Arts at the ASFA and pursued postgraduate studies at Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3. His work has been presented at the Athens Festival, the Onassis Cultural Center, the National Opera House, the Athens Biennale, as well as in squats, apartments and self-managed spaces. He is the author of five books of poetry and small prose. “The Lair”, first feature film, a coproduction the Greek Film Center, premiered at the Thessaloniki Film Festival 2019. In the recent years he has taken part in several bottom-up city movements: Mavili Collective, Theatre Embros Occupancy, Green Park Occupancy. He has been collaborating since 2014 with Kostas Tzimoulis on their joint visual project VASKOS (two solo exhibitions, art publication “VASKOS”, participation at the Athens Photo Festival 2019 at Benaki Museum, curating of the group exhibition “Upper Lane, Lower Lane” at EIGHT, 2020). Since 2019 he belongs at the creative team of EIGHT – a critical institute for arts and politics.
Maria Papadimitriou is a Greek contemporary visual artist. After graduating with an honours degree in painting from the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts (ENSBA), Paris, Papadimitriou began practicing as a visual artist in 1989. She uses the medium of sculpture, installation, public art, video and photography to realise her artworks.
She is known as an artist for her ability to investigate collaborative projects and collective activities that highlight the interconnection between art and social reality. She teaches at the Dept. of Architecture, University of Thessaly, she is the founder of T.A.M.A. (Temporary Autonomous Museum for All) 1998, SOUZY TROS Art Canteen 2012 and Institue of Post-Epicurean Garden 2020. Since 2017 she is the co-leader artist at Victoria Square Project in collaboration with the american artist Rick Lowe.
In 2003 she won the DESTE prize for contemporary Greek art and ιn 2016 she was awarded with the rank of “Officier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Academiques” by the French government.
Papadimitriou’s work has been shown internationally in private and public institutions, including Biennale Val Gardenia, Ortisei, Italy (2020), Mario Merz foundation, Torino (2019) and (2020), Cycladic Museum, Athens ( 2017), Onassis foundation New York, (2016), 56th Venice Biennial, Italy (2015), DESTE foundation, Greece (2014), Museum of Contemporary Art, Marseille, France.(2012), Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark (2011), Royal Academy of Arts, London (2010-11), The Haifa Mediterranean Biennale, Israel (2010), 10th Lyon Biennial, France, Kunsthaus Graz, Austria.(2009), 7th Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju, Korea (2007). 1st Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art (2007). 1st Bienal de Arquitectura Arte Paisaje de Canarias (2006-7). Pavilion of Contemporary Art, Milan (2006), Bâtiment d’Art Contemporain, Geneva (2007). EPO Munich (2006). MM Projects Rincon, Puerto Rico (2004). Olivetti Foundation, Rome (2004). Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid (2004). Manifesta04, Frankfurt (2003), 25th Sao Paulo Biennial (2002)
Throughout Yiannis Pappas’ work runs a deep fascination for the relation between space and the human body in natural and urban environments. Underscored by a critical interest in space, as sites of physical and symbolic enactment, his artistic work and research explore how different places are sustained collectively and individually throughout history. Yiannis studied sculpture and photography at the Athens School of Fine Arts and at the University of the Arts in Berlin (UdK). Awarded by the Academy of Athens and by the Greek State Scholarship Foundation (IKY) he completed the artistic and scientific MA “Space Strategies” at the Academy of Arts Weißensee in Berlin. His art-based researches have been assigned by the Goethe Institute and German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) through interdisciplinary projects in Asia and Middle East. His resonant and visual language includes video work, photography, performative, and installative practices, all of which bear the signs of Pappas’ anthropological and phenomenological approach toward his subjects. He’ s been invited to exhibit internationally through Europe, Asia, Middle East, South and North America (Biennale of Architecture Venice, Bangkok Art Biennale, Athens Biennale, Berlin Biennale and more) while he attracted the attention of the worldwide press (CNN, New York Times, Art Foroum etc), have given his effort positive reviews. Yiannis Pappas is a visual and performance artist based in Berlin, was born in the ostracism island of Patmos in 1978.
Kostas Tzimoulis is a visual artist based in Athens. He studied visual arts at the Athens School of Fine Arts and pursued postgraduate studies at Westminster University, London and the Dutch Art Institute, Arnhem. He has presented six solo exhibitions in Athens, Thessaloniki, Belgrade and Serajevo. Since 2014, he has been collaborating with Vassilis Noulas in their common visual project VASKOS (two solo exhibitions, art publication “VASKOS”, participation at the Athens Photo Festival 2019 at Benaki Museum, curating of the group exhibition “Upper Lane, Lower Lane” at EIGHT, 2020). He is a member of the theatre performance collective Nova Melancholia. He was an active member of the Green Park cultural occupancy (2015-2017) and co-organized together with Gigi Argyropoulou and Vassilis Noulas the DIY Performance Biennial “No Future” (Green Park Athens & Kythira, June 2016). Since 2019 he belongs at the creative team of EIGHT – a critical institute for arts and politics.