iLiana Fokianaki is a writer and curator based in Athens and Rotterdam. In 2013 she founded State of Concept Athens, the first non-profit gallery in Athens 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. The institution has worked with artists such as Laure Prouvost, Hito Steyerl, Basim Magdy, Keren Cytter among others, most of whom had never exhibited in Greece before. State of Concept is also focusing on a pedagogical programme that enables Greek art students and artists through free consultations, to further their studies and develop their projects. It has also been operating as an open platform that hosts fellow curators and artists for talks, events and presentations.
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 manifested in Athens in March 2017 with a three-month program. She has taught Theory of Photography and Art in Greek institutions and abroad, whilst lecturing and taking part in panel discussions in various independent spaces, museums and foundations worldwide. She is a contributing author in several books and has written for Apollo, art-agenda, Art Papers, e-flux, Frieze, LEAP, Metropolis M, Monopol, Ocula amongst others, whilst extensively writing on Greek contemporary culture and current affairs in the Greek media from 2005-2016 as a journalist. She holds an MA in Art Criticism from City University London under the supervision of Juliet Steyn and Judith Williamson. Her PhD research with Athena Athanasiou at Panteion University Athens focuses on economy, identity and politics. She is a member of IKT, the International Association of Curators of Contemporary Art.