State of Concept and DAI in Athens merge their programs, beginning with the exhibition A Case Of Perpetual No of artist and alumna Yota Ioannidou (DAI, 2009).
Yota Ioannidou: A Case Of Perpetual No
We are thrilled to announce that in the upcoming months State of Concept and DAI Roaming Academy merge their programs*, beginning with the exhibition A Case Of Perpetual No of artist and alumna Yota Ioannidou, co-produced with DAI.
Ioannidou’s exhibition at State of Concept Athens, inaugurates a new exhibition chapter that will develop in the coming two years entitled 'Department of Justice' delving into artistic and curatorial practices that investigate the scope of the judicial whilst researching real events that have had societal impacts: court cases that have divided society and political trials that changed the course of local histories and realities. It will manifest via solo exhibitions, oral histories and other archival forms and launches with A Case Of Perpetual No by Yota Ioannidou. The exhibition focuses on the murder of American CBS journalist George Polk in Thessaloniki, in May 1948, during the civil war following the Nazi occupation. Grigoris Staktopoulos—a journalist himself—is the tragic protagonist, accused, convicted and died as a murderer, although CIA files published in the 80s proved he had fallen victim of the Cold War that was also choreographed on Greek ground.
Yota Ioannidou is an Athens born artist, living and working in her hometown. Ioannidou graduated with a BA from the Athens School of Fine Arts, a MFA from the DAI (Dutch Art Institute) and currently is a PhD researcher at PhDArts in Leiden University/Creative and Performing Studies and KABK/ Den Haag.
In her projects she creates and revises archives, following a process of research (visits in archives and in situ research), collection (texts, images, data, maps, films) recordings, involving various ways of formulation. The formulation of the research material combines storytelling and formation of reading and performing groups on the research subject. So far her projects look into issues related to social struggles and movements with a strong focus on the idea of the local and translocal (i.e. most of her projects are referred to social struggles from the current Greek history related to examples that we find in other places as well as in past times).
Her work has been presented in "The kids want communism" - Notes on division/ ΜΟΒΥ Bat Yam, Ιsrael (2017), No need for references, WUK, Vienna, (2015), 3rd and 4th Athens biennale a.o.
*On June 1 & 2 students and tutors of seven so-called COOP study-groups will disperse over Athens and present, at a variety of locations, COOP SUMMIT 2018, the outcome of their year-long inquiry, directly followed by the symposium Roaming Assembly #22: Eurasian Steps on June 3 at State of Concept. The collaboration will culminate between June 29 and July 1 with Planetary Campus lectures, lecture-performances and performances by 24 graduating students of DAI, a convocation unfolding in- and outside of Ioannidou’s ductile, user-friendly installation. Join the DAI on facebook or register to our mailinglist if you want to receive updates on these activities, which are all open the public.
“Department of Justice” is funded by the Foundation for Arts Initiative and Outset Greece.
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