Jul8. | 9:38
News of the Athens Biennale Organisation
Xenia Kalpaktsoglou, one of the Athens Biennale’s three founding members and co-director, is to step down the organisation after 10 years and with her consent Poka-Yio (Polydoros Karyofyllis) takes the position as its director. The collaborations with institutions and organisations will continue and further develop. All the organisational and structural changes, as well as the new organisational chart of the Athens Biennale, will be announced soon.
As member of the XYZ curatorial team, Xenia Kalpaktsoglou curated the 1st Athens Biennale, Destroy Athens (2007), the annual curatorial project XYZ Outlet (2010-11) and together with Nicolas Bourriaud and Poka-Yio, the 3rd Athens Biennale, MONODROME, of 2011. As co-director of the Biennale, she was in charge of the production department, at the same time being active in the institution’s networking in Greece and abroad through various curatorial initiatives, congresses, lectures, publications and synergies. Her withdrawal closes a decade of fruitful and creative collaboration.
Xenia Kalpaktsoglou wishes to express her heartfelt thanks to the Biennale’s team, volunteers, artists, curators, the organisations, cultural institutions and embassies, the companies, the City of Athens, the Ministry of Culture, the Friends of the organisation and the individual supporters for their warm, hands-on contribution and active involvement that shaped the way the Athens Biennale evolved over the last decade.
Massimiliano Mollona, programme director of the 5th Athens Biennale OMONOIA, resigned from his position. Within the framework of OMONOIA Massimiliano Mollona has organised and directed Synapse 1 and Synapse 2, which consisted of a large number of events and talks. The academic weight and physical presence of Massimiliano Mollona in Athens, during a critical historical time, characterised the programme of OMONOIA.
OMONOIA will resume its programme focused on the artistic interventions, which are already in progress, as well as in producing new works and actions in and around Omonoia Square. The programme of the upcoming activities will be announced soon.