iLiana Fokianaki

Author, Curator
Portrait of  iLiana Fokianaki, credits: Panos Davios
Portrait of iLiana Fokianaki, credits: Panos Davios

iLiana Fokianaki is a curator, theorist and educator. Her research focuses on formations of power and how they manifest under the influence of geopolitics, national identity and cultural and anthropological histories.

Fokianaki has been recently announced as the new director of Kunsthalle Bern, her appointment starting late spring 2024. She has a compelling record of group and solo exhibitions and research projects in institutions worldwide. The founder and director of State of Concept Athens since 2013, she has changed the landscape of the Athenian art scene, bringing to the capital of Greece exhibitions of artists such as Forensic Architecture, Kader Attia, Kapwani Kiwanga, Basim Magdy, Trinh T. Minh-ha, Laure Prouvost, Sanja Iveković, Uriel Orlow, Anton Vidokle. She is the founder of research platform ‘The Bureau of Care’ that has been foregrounding conversations around the politics and ethics of care since 2020. She has curated exhibitions for international institutions such Reina Sofia Museum Madrid, e-flux New York, La Colonie Paris, KADIST Paris, Kunstinstituut Melly Rotterdam, Museum of Contemporary Art Ljubljana and has curated public programs for Vera List Center for Art and Politics, Het Nieuwe Instituut a.o. Fokianaki has been lecturing at the Dutch Art Institute and academies, independent spaces, museums, and foundations worldwide. She publishes regularly in journals such as e-flux and Frieze among others, and has participated in several publications. Her books Gossips: WomXn Gather and The Bureau of Care will be published in 2024 with Archive Books.