State of Concept
State of Concept is a non for profit contemporary art institution the first of its kind in Greece. It was founded in 2013 by art critic and curator iLiana Fokianaki and is located in Athens, with its main aim being to introduce international artists that are not widely known and easily accessible to Greek audiences, and also provide support for innovative social projects. Parallel to this, State of Concept organizes a variety of events and interventions including talks, screenings and workshops, and also operates as a space for free artist consultations, where young students and graduates of Greek art schools can receive feedback, guidance and help in order to further their work, enhance their portfolio and CV, and decide their next artistic steps.
iLiana Fokianaki is a curator and theorist based in Athens and Rotterdam. In 2013, she founded State of Concept Athens, the first non-profit institution in the city 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 of Greece and beyond. 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 was first presented in Athens in March 2017 with a three-month school. She was curator of Extra City Kunsthal in Antwerp (2017-2019) and is a lecturer at the Dutch Art Institute, and has taught, lectured and taken part in panel discussions in various independent spaces and institutions worldwide.