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Stavros Kavallaris, Art Historian-Curator: Aegeanale provides the framework and the inter-disciplinary body for a nexus which affiliates contemporary art to ethnological, sociological and geographical parameters of the broader Aegean in the sense and signification of Mare Nostrum.
Lora Sariaslan, Curator "Within the dazzling nature of the Aegean Sea, AEGEANALE will graft contemporary art into a culture and history laden region. Creating a platform for dreams, visions, possibilities, and genuine creativity, this project will be like a fresh morning breeze on an island, bringing energy and dynamism into the public sphere."
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Mediterranean Inspiration, Global Participation 

 

Aegeanale is an international art and culture platform established in 2012 that welcomes artists and visitors from all over the world to a summer of discovery and inspiration to the majestic Aegean Sea.

Its fundamental goals is to highlight the Aegean as region of inspiration, creativity and intercultural dialogue as also to map once more, the archipelago as a complex of destinations with cultural interest.

Aegeanale’s program is constructed upon two different focus points:

The first focus point concerns a series of international artistic projects from the contemporary art scene, which travels in several locations of the Aegean Sea, constructing tourist routes of cultural interest.

The second focus point concerns a visual arts residency program in several islands of the Aegean, transforming the region to a unique “open-air gallery”.

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Objectives

 

Aegeanale, through its programme and its multi-sectoral partnerships with Greek and international collaborators, attempts to create a dynamic network in order to foster cultural tourism throughout the Aegean.

Aegeanale’s vision is to offer essential opportunities for the promotion of the uniqueness and the potentials of the archipelago, which features extraordinary circumstances for inspiration, creativity and intercultural dialogue.

In a nutshell, Aegeanale aims to trigger a new form of mobility throughout the Aegean Sea which will have as a starting point art and culture.

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Advisory Board

Aegeanale’s advisory board is consisted of internationally distinguished experts, from various fields who believe in and support the platform’s ethos and scope.

Members of the Aegeanale’s advisory board include:

 

ABOUT Advisory Board
Marieke Van Hal
Founder, Biennial Foundation, NL

Marieke van Hal (President) is Founding Director of the Biennial Foundation.
From 2001 to 2006 she worked as General Coordinator at the International Foundation Manifesta, where she was in charge of the development and production of three editions
 of the European Biennial of Contemporary Art hosted in various cities across Europe.
In 2007 she was Director of the first Athens Biennial, where she initiated the European Biennial Network. Most recently (with Elena Filipovic and Solveig Øvstebø) van Hal organized the Bergen Biennial Conference (Bergen Kunsthall, September 2009), and co-edited The Biennial Reader (Hatje Cantz, 2010) the first anthology on large-scale perennial exhibitions of contemporary art. Art history graduate, van Hal is a research graduate in Curating Contemporary Art at the Royal College of Art in London (2011).

Marieke van Hal (President) is Founding Director of the Biennial Foundation.
From 2001 to 2006 she worked as General Coordinator at the International Foundation Manifesta, where she was in charge of the development and production of three editions
 of the European Biennial of Contemporary Art hosted in various cities across Europe.
In 2007 she was Director of the first Athens Biennial, where she initiated the European Biennial Network. Most recently (with Elena Filipovic and Solveig Øvstebø) van Hal organized the Bergen Biennial Conference (Bergen Kunsthall, September 2009), and co-edited The Biennial Reader (Hatje Cantz, 2010) the first anthology on large-scale perennial exhibitions of contemporary art. Art history graduate, van Hal is a research graduate in Curating Contemporary Art at the Royal College of Art in London (2011).

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Beral Madra
Curator & Art Manager, TR

A critic and curator, directed Gallery BM (1984-1990) and directing BM Contemporary Art Centre (since 1990); lives and works in Istanbul.
She coordinated the 1st (1987) and the 2nd (1989) Istanbul Biennale, curated exhibitions of Turkish artists in 43rd, 45th, 49th, 50th and 51st Venice Biennale, co-curated the exhibition Modernities and Memories-Recent Works from the Islamic World in 47th Venice Biennale.
Since 1984 she has organized more than 250 local and international artists in her art centre and in other official art spaces in Istanbul. She curated and co-curated over 20 international group shows including Sanat, Texhn (1992); Treffen-Kunst (1993); Iskele-Türkische Kunst Heute (Berlin-Stuttgart) 1994); Orient Express (Berlin 1994); Xample (1995); Concrete Visions (1995); Gold-X-Change (1997); Kerteriz (1998); Berlin in Istanbul (Berlin 1998; Reise durch das Labyrinth (Berlin, 1998; Memories and Modernities (1998); Veritas Omnia Vincit (2000); "In Image We Trust" (2001); "Sheshow" (Sofia, 2002); “Registering the Distance- Istanbul/Los Angeles”, Crazyspace, Santa Monica (2003); “The Sphinx Will Devour You”, Karşı Sanat (2004); Bizhan Bassiri, “Evoporations”, Tophane-i Amire (2004);  “Neighbours in Dialogue, Istanbul Collection Exhibition for Ars Aevi, Sarajevo” , Feshane, İstanbul (2007); “Atmosphere 41” Contemporary Art from Georgia, Siemens Art Gallery, Istanbul (2007); Opening of BM-Suma, Visual Art Centre. Istanbul; Bahcesaray, Crimea, Contemporary Art  Exhibition (Turkey, Greece, Russia, Ukraine) (2008); Neighbours in Dialogue Exhibition, Sarajevo (2008); A week of Art and Culture from Turkey, Pamplona (Huarte Contemporary Art Center), Spain (2008); Istanbul Diptychs, Istanbul Centre in Brussels (2008); Contemporary Art Collection for Point Hotel, Istanbul (2009); Interstices, Central Asia Pavilion, 53rd Venice Biennale, (2009); Next Wave, Exhibition of 17 Women Artists from Turkey,  Berlin Academy Pariser Platz (2009); 2010 Cityscapes, Lothringer 13, Munich; 2011 Advisory Curator of the Pavilion of Azerbaijan at 54th Venice Biennale
2008-2010 Visual Arts Director of İstanbul 2010 ECOC, conducting the major projects Lives and Works in İstanbul, Portable Art, Kadırga Art Production Center, Sanat Limanı
Beral Madra is representing Istanbul Scholarship of Berlin Senate since 1995. Curated international shows in Borusan Art Gallery (1997-2000). Curated the exhibitions in West LB, Istanbul (1999-2002). Lectured in the Art Management Department of the Faculty of Art and Design of Yildiz Technical University (1998-2002). She is founding member Diyarbakır Art Centre (established September 2002 ; founding member of Foundation of Future Culture and Art; founding member and honorary president of AICA, Turkey (established 2003)

A critic and curator, directed Gallery BM (1984-1990) and directing BM Contemporary Art Centre (since 1990); lives and works in Istanbul.
She coordinated the 1st (1987) and the 2nd (1989) Istanbul Biennale, curated exhibitions of Turkish artists in 43rd, 45th, 49th, 50th and 51st Venice Biennale, co-curated the exhibition Modernities and Memories-Recent Works from the Islamic World in 47th Venice Biennale.
Since 1984 she has organized more than 250 local and international artists in her art centre and in other official art spaces in Istanbul. She curated and co-curated over 20 international group shows including Sanat, Texhn (1992); Treffen-Kunst (1993); Iskele-Türkische Kunst Heute (Berlin-Stuttgart) 1994); Orient Express (Berlin 1994); Xample (1995); Concrete Visions (1995); Gold-X-Change (1997); Kerteriz (1998); Berlin in Istanbul (Berlin 1998; Reise durch das Labyrinth (Berlin, 1998; Memories and Modernities (1998); Veritas Omnia Vincit (2000); "In Image We Trust" (2001); "Sheshow" (Sofia, 2002); “Registering the Distance- Istanbul/Los Angeles”, Crazyspace, Santa Monica (2003); “The Sphinx Will Devour You”, Karşı Sanat (2004); Bizhan Bassiri, “Evoporations”, Tophane-i Amire (2004);  “Neighbours in Dialogue, Istanbul Collection Exhibition for Ars Aevi, Sarajevo” , Feshane, İstanbul (2007); “Atmosphere 41” Contemporary Art from Georgia, Siemens Art Gallery, Istanbul (2007); Opening of BM-Suma, Visual Art Centre. Istanbul; Bahcesaray, Crimea, Contemporary Art  Exhibition (Turkey, Greece, Russia, Ukraine) (2008); Neighbours in Dialogue Exhibition, Sarajevo (2008); A week of Art and Culture from Turkey, Pamplona (Huarte Contemporary Art Center), Spain (2008); Istanbul Diptychs, Istanbul Centre in Brussels (2008); Contemporary Art Collection for Point Hotel, Istanbul (2009); Interstices, Central Asia Pavilion, 53rd Venice Biennale, (2009); Next Wave, Exhibition of 17 Women Artists from Turkey,  Berlin Academy Pariser Platz (2009); 2010 Cityscapes, Lothringer 13, Munich; 2011 Advisory Curator of the Pavilion of Azerbaijan at 54th Venice Biennale
2008-2010 Visual Arts Director of İstanbul 2010 ECOC, conducting the major projects Lives and Works in İstanbul, Portable Art, Kadırga Art Production Center, Sanat Limanı
Beral Madra is representing Istanbul Scholarship of Berlin Senate since 1995. Curated international shows in Borusan Art Gallery (1997-2000). Curated the exhibitions in West LB, Istanbul (1999-2002). Lectured in the Art Management Department of the Faculty of Art and Design of Yildiz Technical University (1998-2002). She is founding member Diyarbakır Art Centre (established September 2002 ; founding member of Foundation of Future Culture and Art; founding member and honorary president of AICA, Turkey (established 2003)

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Paolo Colombo
Art Advisor, Istanbul Modern, IT

Paolo Colombo is currently Art Advisor at the Istanbul Museum of Modern Art. From 2001 to 2007 was Curator of The Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI Secolo in Rome. From 1989 to 2000  he was Director of the Centre d’art contemporain in Geneva. In 1999 he curated the 6th Istanbul Biennial, and in 2011 he was one of three curatore of the 4rd Thessaloniki Biennial, A Rock and a Hard Place. Among the exhibitions he curated are Paradise Lost (2010), In Praise of Shadows (2009), Apocalittici e Integrati,--contemporary Italian Art (2007), Ed Ruscha (2004) Margherita Manzelli (2003), Francis Alÿs (2002), Michael Raedecker (2002), Zaha Hadid (2002), Haluk Akakçe (2001), Kara Walker (2000), Arturo Herrera (2000), Christopher Wool (1999), Jane e Louise Wilson (1998), Fatto in Italia: Contemporary Art from Italy (1997), Pipilotti Rist (1996), Ugo Rondinone (1996), Tony Oursler (1995), Rosemarie Trockel (1994), Giovanni Anselmo (1993), Juan Munoz (1991), Kiki Smith (1991), Robert Gober (1988), Carroll Dunham (1988). He has been associate producer of a number of award winning films, more recently The Edge of Heaven and Soul Kitchen by Fatih Akin, and The Tree by Julie Bertuccelli, starring Charlotte Gainsbourg.

Paolo Colombo is currently Art Advisor at the Istanbul Museum of Modern Art. From 2001 to 2007 was Curator of The Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI Secolo in Rome. From 1989 to 2000  he was Director of the Centre d’art contemporain in Geneva. In 1999 he curated the 6th Istanbul Biennial, and in 2011 he was one of three curatore of the 4rd Thessaloniki Biennial, A Rock and a Hard Place. Among the exhibitions he curated are Paradise Lost (2010), In Praise of Shadows (2009), Apocalittici e Integrati,--contemporary Italian Art (2007), Ed Ruscha (2004) Margherita Manzelli (2003), Francis Alÿs (2002), Michael Raedecker (2002), Zaha Hadid (2002), Haluk Akakçe (2001), Kara Walker (2000), Arturo Herrera (2000), Christopher Wool (1999), Jane e Louise Wilson (1998), Fatto in Italia: Contemporary Art from Italy (1997), Pipilotti Rist (1996), Ugo Rondinone (1996), Tony Oursler (1995), Rosemarie Trockel (1994), Giovanni Anselmo (1993), Juan Munoz (1991), Kiki Smith (1991), Robert Gober (1988), Carroll Dunham (1988). He has been associate producer of a number of award winning films, more recently The Edge of Heaven and Soul Kitchen by Fatih Akin, and The Tree by Julie Bertuccelli, starring Charlotte Gainsbourg.

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Alkis Courcoulas
Journalist, GR

Alkis Courcoulas b.1952 is the Bureau Chief of Athens News Agency in Turkey, and columnist of Greek dailies and news commentator on the Greek ( NET ) TV.
 He completed his undergraduate education at the Law Scholl of the University of Athens (1977) and studied political and sociology in Paris. He received his post graduate degree (DEA, 1979) from the University of Paris I Sorbonne Pantheon. He briefly worked in the University of Thessalonica and since 1980 is pursuing a career in journalism.
 He has published numerous articles and gave lectures on contemporary Turkish politics and cultural perceptions and interactions, between Greece and Turkey.
Recently (21.03.2005) was invited to Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington to talk on “Iraq, Europe and the U.S: Shifting Dynamics in Turkish Policy”
 In 1997 was awarded the BOOTSIS national Award on Journalism, in 1997 for his overall reporting from Turkey.
The same year he published the book “Imia, a critical approach of a Greek-Turkish crisis”, ATHENS 1997, SIDERIS
 975-1979 worked as an editor of the monthly review POLITIS.
In 1979-1980 worked in the University of Thessalonica (assistant in Political Science and Constitutional Law)
1980-1983 worked in London (BBC World Service)
 1983-1984 worked in Brussels for the Permanent Representation of Greece in EEC
Since 1984 works in turkey, where he opened the ANA office
1984-1987 writes from Turkey in TO VIMA
From 1987-1999 was a Columnist for KATHIMERINI and
 Since 1999 writes from Istanbul for TO VIMA

Alkis Courcoulas b.1952 is the Bureau Chief of Athens News Agency in Turkey, and columnist of Greek dailies and news commentator on the Greek ( NET ) TV.
 He completed his undergraduate education at the Law Scholl of the University of Athens (1977) and studied political and sociology in Paris. He received his post graduate degree (DEA, 1979) from the University of Paris I Sorbonne Pantheon. He briefly worked in the University of Thessalonica and since 1980 is pursuing a career in journalism.
 He has published numerous articles and gave lectures on contemporary Turkish politics and cultural perceptions and interactions, between Greece and Turkey.
Recently (21.03.2005) was invited to Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington to talk on “Iraq, Europe and the U.S: Shifting Dynamics in Turkish Policy”
 In 1997 was awarded the BOOTSIS national Award on Journalism, in 1997 for his overall reporting from Turkey.
The same year he published the book “Imia, a critical approach of a Greek-Turkish crisis”, ATHENS 1997, SIDERIS
 975-1979 worked as an editor of the monthly review POLITIS.
In 1979-1980 worked in the University of Thessalonica (assistant in Political Science and Constitutional Law)
1980-1983 worked in London (BBC World Service)
 1983-1984 worked in Brussels for the Permanent Representation of Greece in EEC
Since 1984 works in turkey, where he opened the ANA office
1984-1987 writes from Turkey in TO VIMA
From 1987-1999 was a Columnist for KATHIMERINI and
 Since 1999 writes from Istanbul for TO VIMA

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Heracles Moskof
Special Advisor, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, GR

Heracles Moskoff studied sociology and social anthropology at Brunel University in London and completed his doctoral dissertation at the Department of Sociology, London School of Economics under Professor Nick Mouzelis on "Religion, State and political culture in post-dictatorial Greece."
In recent years he has been working as a Research Consultant for the International Development Cooperation unit of the Foreign Ministry of Greece, on human security, inter-cultural cooperation and immigration policy. He has also worked at the Migration Policy Institute, and he has published studies by ELIAMEP and the Institute for Defence Analysis.

Heracles Moskoff studied sociology and social anthropology at Brunel University in London and completed his doctoral dissertation at the Department of Sociology, London School of Economics under Professor Nick Mouzelis on "Religion, State and political culture in post-dictatorial Greece."
In recent years he has been working as a Research Consultant for the International Development Cooperation unit of the Foreign Ministry of Greece, on human security, inter-cultural cooperation and immigration policy. He has also worked at the Migration Policy Institute, and he has published studies by ELIAMEP and the Institute for Defence Analysis.

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Harry Tzimitras
Ass. Professor, Bilgi University, GR

Harry Tzimitras is Assistant Professor of International Law and International Relations at Istanbul Bilgi University, where he is also the Director of the M.A. in International Relations Program and the Director of the Turkish-Greek Studies Division. He is also Adjunct Professor of International Law at Koc University. A graduate of the London School of Economics and the Panteion University of Athens, he has held positions at the University of Cambridge and the Institute of International Relations, Athens. His teaching and research interests lie primarily in the fields of Public International Law, international organizations and Greek-Turkish relations.

Harry Tzimitras is Assistant Professor of International Law and International Relations at Istanbul Bilgi University, where he is also the Director of the M.A. in International Relations Program and the Director of the Turkish-Greek Studies Division. He is also Adjunct Professor of International Law at Koc University. A graduate of the London School of Economics and the Panteion University of Athens, he has held positions at the University of Cambridge and the Institute of International Relations, Athens. His teaching and research interests lie primarily in the fields of Public International Law, international organizations and Greek-Turkish relations.

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Leda Karabela
P.C.C., President Yhesitate Leadership Coaching, GR

Having held responsibilities for global projects, traveling and working with both physical and virtual teams in multiple countries for Fortune 50 companies such as BP and Microsoft, Leda Karabela is bringing her strategic marketing and communication executive experience into the field of leadership and executive coaching. She is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC), credentialed through the International Coach Federation (ICF) with more than 750 hours of client coaching experience.
 Leda has earned an LL.B degree from Aristotelian University Law School, an M.Sc in Communication from Boston University and a Graduate Executive Education degree from University of Texas, Dallas School of Management. Realizing her passion for people, the ways they click and connect with each other, she is helping business clients improve performance, effectiveness and reach through solution focused coaching and appreciative inquiry methods.
 She has also led the corporate relations program at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business and has lived in Boston, San Francisco, London, Athens and Dubai.
Inter/intra-cultural communication, expatriation and cross-cultural adjustment issues are among the areas she consults.
 She is also part of the coaching team at SupporTED program http://thehf.org/ted-coaches.html offering her support to the TED Fellows program designed to bring together young world-changers and trailblazers who have shown unusual accomplishment and exceptional courage.

Having held responsibilities for global projects, traveling and working with both physical and virtual teams in multiple countries for Fortune 50 companies such as BP and Microsoft, Leda Karabela is bringing her strategic marketing and communication executive experience into the field of leadership and executive coaching. She is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC), credentialed through the International Coach Federation (ICF) with more than 750 hours of client coaching experience.
 Leda has earned an LL.B degree from Aristotelian University Law School, an M.Sc in Communication from Boston University and a Graduate Executive Education degree from University of Texas, Dallas School of Management. Realizing her passion for people, the ways they click and connect with each other, she is helping business clients improve performance, effectiveness and reach through solution focused coaching and appreciative inquiry methods.
 She has also led the corporate relations program at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business and has lived in Boston, San Francisco, London, Athens and Dubai.
Inter/intra-cultural communication, expatriation and cross-cultural adjustment issues are among the areas she consults.
 She is also part of the coaching team at SupporTED program http://thehf.org/ted-coaches.html offering her support to the TED Fellows program designed to bring together young world-changers and trailblazers who have shown unusual accomplishment and exceptional courage.

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Sevda & Can Elgiz
Collectors & owners of Proje4L, TR

Can Elgiz's love of art turned into becoming a collector more than 15 years ago. This continued firstly with Turkish and in time with international contemporary art. He founded Proje4L Elgiz Contemporary Art Museum in 2001. Proje4L allowed our young artists to become known in world's contemporary art platform. It provided a lot of artist with the opportunity to turn their creativity into artistic production. The museum has been exhibiting Elgiz Collection permanently since 2005. It still functions as "a private collection museum".

Can Elgiz's love of art turned into becoming a collector more than 15 years ago. This continued firstly with Turkish and in time with international contemporary art. He founded Proje4L Elgiz Contemporary Art Museum in 2001. Proje4L allowed our young artists to become known in world's contemporary art platform. It provided a lot of artist with the opportunity to turn their creativity into artistic production. The museum has been exhibiting Elgiz Collection permanently since 2005. It still functions as "a private collection museum".

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George Pittas, Expert on the Aegean Culture

George Pittas was born in Athens in 1954. He is a furniture and interior designer with parallel studies in political economy and sociology at the University of Paris 8 (Vincennes).

He was a founding member of the company "Neo Katoikein" which attempted from 1980 to 2000 to develop and promote Greek design in furniture.

Since 1995, George Pittas shares his time between Athens and Paros, at the mountain village of Elm, where he maintains the model hotel unit Lefkes Village.

For many years, he was a member of the Management Board of the Association of Greek Tourist Enterprises and the Hellenic Chamber of Hotels, with initiative action in cultural and alternative tourism. Since 2010 he is a member of the Board of Hellenic Chamber of Hotels responsible for the "Greek Breakfast", an initiative to promote breakfast with traditional Greek products at the hotels.

Driven by his love for the Aegean, George Pittas is dedicated to the preservation and promotion of its culture.

In 2007 he wrote the book, "Signs of the Aegean" a recording and studying the culture of the islands of the Archipelago,.

In 2008 his book "Paros, a trek to the place and time" was about the alternative culture and tourism of Paros.

In 2009, he presented the album the "Athenian Taverna", a publication on the history and evolution of the Athenian taverna.

In 2011 he wrote the book "Feasts of the Aegean", a recording of all the feasts of the Aegean islands.

In 2012 he issued pocket books in 2 series "Celebrations in the AEGEAN’

and "Coffee shops in the Aegean."

George Pittas was born in Athens in 1954. He is a furniture and interior designer with parallel studies in political economy and sociology at the University of Paris 8 (Vincennes).

He was a founding member of the company "Neo Katoikein" which attempted from 1980 to 2000 to develop and promote Greek design in furniture.

Since 1995, George Pittas shares his time between Athens and Paros, at the mountain village of Elm, where he maintains the model hotel unit Lefkes Village.

For many years, he was a member of the Management Board of the Association of Greek Tourist Enterprises and the Hellenic Chamber of Hotels, with initiative action in cultural and alternative tourism. Since 2010 he is a member of the Board of Hellenic Chamber of Hotels responsible for the "Greek Breakfast", an initiative to promote breakfast with traditional Greek products at the hotels.

Driven by his love for the Aegean, George Pittas is dedicated to the preservation and promotion of its culture.

In 2007 he wrote the book, "Signs of the Aegean" a recording and studying the culture of the islands of the Archipelago,.

In 2008 his book "Paros, a trek to the place and time" was about the alternative culture and tourism of Paros.

In 2009, he presented the album the "Athenian Taverna", a publication on the history and evolution of the Athenian taverna.

In 2011 he wrote the book "Feasts of the Aegean", a recording of all the feasts of the Aegean islands.

In 2012 he issued pocket books in 2 series "Celebrations in the AEGEAN’

and "Coffee shops in the Aegean."

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Irina M. Taka, General Counsel for Capital Product Partners L.P

Irina M. Taka is general counsel for US-listed shipping company Capital Product Partners L.P. (Nasdaq: CPLP) which forms part of the Capital Maritime & Trading Corp. group in Piraeus, Greece, with interests in media, real estate, alternative energy and sports clubs. She is also Vice-President to EVIE Michaelides S.A., Thessaloniki, Greece a family business, primarily active in developing innovative products for organic agriculture. She began her career at the United Nations Education, Science and Culture Organization (UNESCO) in Paris, before continuing as a corporate law associate for Sullivan & Cromwell in New York and London. Irina received a dual BA in International Relations and Art History from Stanford University in California (1999) and a JD from the New York University School of Law (2003). In addition to being a member of the NY Bar Ms. Taka serves as a Trustee for Anatolia College in Thessaloniki, is on the Board of Directors of the Stanford Alumni Association of Greece and has recently joined the organizing team for TEDx Thessaloniki.

Irina M. Taka is general counsel for US-listed shipping company Capital Product Partners L.P. (Nasdaq: CPLP) which forms part of the Capital Maritime & Trading Corp. group in Piraeus, Greece, with interests in media, real estate, alternative energy and sports clubs. She is also Vice-President to EVIE Michaelides S.A., Thessaloniki, Greece a family business, primarily active in developing innovative products for organic agriculture. She began her career at the United Nations Education, Science and Culture Organization (UNESCO) in Paris, before continuing as a corporate law associate for Sullivan & Cromwell in New York and London. Irina received a dual BA in International Relations and Art History from Stanford University in California (1999) and a JD from the New York University School of Law (2003). In addition to being a member of the NY Bar Ms. Taka serves as a Trustee for Anatolia College in Thessaloniki, is on the Board of Directors of the Stanford Alumni Association of Greece and has recently joined the organizing team for TEDx Thessaloniki.

ABOUT Advisory Board
Edi Rama, Politician, Leader of the Socialist Party of Albania (AL)

Edi Rama, born on 4 July 1964, is an Albanian politician, painter, publicist, professor, and former athlete. He is currently the leader of the Socialist Party of Albania, the largest party in Albania, which has won the most votes as a party in the last eight elections.

Edi Rama served as Mayor of Tirana for three consecutive terms, from 2000 to 2011. He has also served as board member of Open Society Foundation of Albania (Soros), President of the Association of Mayors of Albania, and Minister of Culture, Youth, and Sports of Albania. He is married to Lindita Xhillari, a leading economics professor.

 

Edi Rama’s initial involvement in Albanian politics came during the democratic movement, which overthrew the Communist regime in Albania. Edi Rama was one of the most prominent intellectual voices in the movement. He did not pursue a political career at the time and became a fierce critic of the authoritarian trends displayed by the first post-Communist government in Albania.

 

In 1998, former Socialist Prime Minister Fatos Nano invited Edi Rama to become Minister of Culture of Albania. In this capacity Edi Rama immediately drew the attention of the Albanian public and won their sympathy for the creative and effective manner in which he promoted culture and arts in Albania.

 

In October 2000, Edi Rama ran for Mayor of Tirana as a Socialist Party candidate and won a decisive victory against the Democratic Party candidate, Besnik Mustafaj. After taking office, he carried out a regeneration campaign of the capital, by clearing many areas of Tirana's center and Lana River from illegal buildings and kiosks that had basically occupied all of the capitals parks and public spaces.

 

Ridding on a wave of support for his successful projects Edi Rama won a second term as Mayor in 2003, by defeating the Democratic Party candidate Spartak Ngjela, and a third overwhelming victory against yet another Democratic Party candidate, Sokol Olldashi.

 

 

In October 2005, following the resignation of Fatos Nano, Edi Rama became the leader of the Socialist Party of Albania. At present Rama leads the polls ahead of the 2013 scheduled elections and is on an international effort to communicate his platform and policies for Albania and the region.

 

Rama is recipient of World Mayor Award in 2004, TIME Magazine’s European Hero Award, and a frequent public speaker on politics, art and media. Alongside his political activism, he regularly exhibits his art at home and abroad. His last book “Kurban” became the all-time national bestseller in 2011.

Edi Rama, born on 4 July 1964, is an Albanian politician, painter, publicist, professor, and former athlete. He is currently the leader of the Socialist Party of Albania, the largest party in Albania, which has won the most votes as a party in the last eight elections.

Edi Rama served as Mayor of Tirana for three consecutive terms, from 2000 to 2011. He has also served as board member of Open Society Foundation of Albania (Soros), President of the Association of Mayors of Albania, and Minister of Culture, Youth, and Sports of Albania. He is married to Lindita Xhillari, a leading economics professor.

 

Edi Rama’s initial involvement in Albanian politics came during the democratic movement, which overthrew the Communist regime in Albania. Edi Rama was one of the most prominent intellectual voices in the movement. He did not pursue a political career at the time and became a fierce critic of the authoritarian trends displayed by the first post-Communist government in Albania.

 

In 1998, former Socialist Prime Minister Fatos Nano invited Edi Rama to become Minister of Culture of Albania. In this capacity Edi Rama immediately drew the attention of the Albanian public and won their sympathy for the creative and effective manner in which he promoted culture and arts in Albania.

 

In October 2000, Edi Rama ran for Mayor of Tirana as a Socialist Party candidate and won a decisive victory against the Democratic Party candidate, Besnik Mustafaj. After taking office, he carried out a regeneration campaign of the capital, by clearing many areas of Tirana's center and Lana River from illegal buildings and kiosks that had basically occupied all of the capitals parks and public spaces.

 

Ridding on a wave of support for his successful projects Edi Rama won a second term as Mayor in 2003, by defeating the Democratic Party candidate Spartak Ngjela, and a third overwhelming victory against yet another Democratic Party candidate, Sokol Olldashi.

 

 

In October 2005, following the resignation of Fatos Nano, Edi Rama became the leader of the Socialist Party of Albania. At present Rama leads the polls ahead of the 2013 scheduled elections and is on an international effort to communicate his platform and policies for Albania and the region.

 

Rama is recipient of World Mayor Award in 2004, TIME Magazine’s European Hero Award, and a frequent public speaker on politics, art and media. Alongside his political activism, he regularly exhibits his art at home and abroad. His last book “Kurban” became the all-time national bestseller in 2011.

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Sofia Prokopidou, Journalist, GR
Sofia Prokopidou is a journalist. She was born and raised in Russia by a family of Pontian Greeks. She is a graduate of Russian Philology and worked for many years in Greek Middle School Education as a teacher in the area of Sochi, Russia. 
 
She lives in Greece since 1990 and during the last 14 years she works at the Athens Macedonian News Agency. She is a member of  the Journalists' Union of Macedonia and Thrace Daily Newspapers (ESIEMTH). Besides her activity as a teacher and a journalist, Sofia has written two theatrical plays in Greek, titled "The land of the tangerines" and "Rosa and Anda", and a collection of short stories titled "A suitcase of black caviar".
Sofia Prokopidou is a journalist. She was born and raised in Russia by a family of Pontian Greeks. She is a graduate of Russian Philology and worked for many years in Greek Middle School Education as a teacher in the area of Sochi, Russia. 
 
She lives in Greece since 1990 and during the last 14 years she works at the Athens Macedonian News Agency. She is a member of  the Journalists' Union of Macedonia and Thrace Daily Newspapers (ESIEMTH). Besides her activity as a teacher and a journalist, Sofia has written two theatrical plays in Greek, titled "The land of the tangerines" and "Rosa and Anda", and a collection of short stories titled "A suitcase of black caviar".
ABOUT Advisory Board
Alexander Rytov
Born in Moscow in 1964, is a graduate of Moscow University of International Relations. Having graduated from MGIMO, in 1989 A.Rytov successfully defended his PhD thesis on Greek party politics and Greek foreign policy doctrines after the Second World War.
 
From 1986 Rytov participates in the translation projects of Greek and Cyprus poetry. In 2003 he was awarded with the "Venetz" Prize of Moscow Writers Association for his own poetry and translations from English and Greek. In November 2012 Alexander plans to publish the widest
anthology of modern Greek poetry (340 poems of 55 Greek poets) in the modern history of
Russian Literature.
 
From 2004 Alexander Rytov is a Director of Stella Art Foundation (Moscow, Russia). In 2005,
2007 and 2009 the Foundation participated in the parallel program of the Venice Biennale, as
well as in the programs of Documenta 2007 and 2012. The Moscow Poetry Club founded by
Stella Art Foundation was the part of the Central Program of the 53 rd Biennale in Venice. Daniel
Birnbaum (art-director of the Biennale) is honorable President of the Club. From 2008 Stella Art
Foundation actively cooperates with Kunst Historisches Museum Vienna making contemporary
art interventions into the halls of old masters and Greek-Roman antiquities. As a Director he
actively promoted to the development of Russian-Greek relations in the sphere of contemporary
art. Russian artists participated in non-for-profit projects within Art-Athina (2007-2008). In
2007 thanks to the effort of the Foundation Russia became a guest country of Art-Athina 2007
(first time in its modern history being invited to the International contemporary art fair as a
guest country). The festival of Russian contemporary art directed by Alexander Rytov was held
in Kerkira in 2008. The foundation took an active part in Thessaloniki Kodra Festival 2007-2008,
Thessaloniki the second and the third Biennales of contemporary art in the State Museum of
Contemporary art (Costakis Collection).
 
At the moment the President of the Foundation Stella Kesaeva is a Commissioner of the Russian
Pavilion in Venice and the Foundation is a co-organizer of the Russian projects for 2011,
2013, 2015. Foundation cooperates with Kunst Historische Museum Vienna, Louvre, Solomon
Guggenheim Foundation and other important art institutions of the world.
Born in Moscow in 1964, is a graduate of Moscow University of International Relations. Having graduated from MGIMO, in 1989 A.Rytov successfully defended his PhD thesis on Greek party politics and Greek foreign policy doctrines after the Second World War.
 
From 1986 Rytov participates in the translation projects of Greek and Cyprus poetry. In 2003 he was awarded with the "Venetz" Prize of Moscow Writers Association for his own poetry and translations from English and Greek. In November 2012 Alexander plans to publish the widest
anthology of modern Greek poetry (340 poems of 55 Greek poets) in the modern history of
Russian Literature.
 
From 2004 Alexander Rytov is a Director of Stella Art Foundation (Moscow, Russia). In 2005,
2007 and 2009 the Foundation participated in the parallel program of the Venice Biennale, as
well as in the programs of Documenta 2007 and 2012. The Moscow Poetry Club founded by
Stella Art Foundation was the part of the Central Program of the 53 rd Biennale in Venice. Daniel
Birnbaum (art-director of the Biennale) is honorable President of the Club. From 2008 Stella Art
Foundation actively cooperates with Kunst Historisches Museum Vienna making contemporary
art interventions into the halls of old masters and Greek-Roman antiquities. As a Director he
actively promoted to the development of Russian-Greek relations in the sphere of contemporary
art. Russian artists participated in non-for-profit projects within Art-Athina (2007-2008). In
2007 thanks to the effort of the Foundation Russia became a guest country of Art-Athina 2007
(first time in its modern history being invited to the International contemporary art fair as a
guest country). The festival of Russian contemporary art directed by Alexander Rytov was held
in Kerkira in 2008. The foundation took an active part in Thessaloniki Kodra Festival 2007-2008,
Thessaloniki the second and the third Biennales of contemporary art in the State Museum of
Contemporary art (Costakis Collection).
 
At the moment the President of the Foundation Stella Kesaeva is a Commissioner of the Russian
Pavilion in Venice and the Foundation is a co-organizer of the Russian projects for 2011,
2013, 2015. Foundation cooperates with Kunst Historische Museum Vienna, Louvre, Solomon
Guggenheim Foundation and other important art institutions of the world.
ABOUT
Team

Aegeanale is managed by a team of diverse, inspired and talented professionals who are dedicated to the platform’s creative mission and inspirational significance.

The Aegeanale team members are:


ABOUT Team
Nikos Ververidis

Founder & General Manager 

Nikos is an entrepreneur and owner of several media production and communications companies. He is Founding and Managing Director of ArtnSports, a multi faceted digital branding agency providing solutions for integrated digital campaigns, innovative communications strategies and content for Internet platforms and TV. ArtnSports’ products such as the culture magazine elculture.gr and the web-based television channel elctv reflect the company’s interest in art and culture at large. He is a member of the administrative board of Biennial Foundation(NL), also a member of the organising committee of Athens Tedx Academy(GR), as well as a member of the Pecha Kucha network with city of interest Thessaloniki(GR). Nikos lives and works in Athens, Greece.



Founder & General Manager 

Nikos is an entrepreneur and owner of several media production and communications companies. He is Founding and Managing Director of ArtnSports, a multi faceted digital branding agency providing solutions for integrated digital campaigns, innovative communications strategies and content for Internet platforms and TV. ArtnSports’ products such as the culture magazine elculture.gr and the web-based television channel elctv reflect the company’s interest in art and culture at large. He is a member of the administrative board of Biennial Foundation(NL), also a member of the organising committee of Athens Tedx Academy(GR), as well as a member of the Pecha Kucha network with city of interest Thessaloniki(GR). Nikos lives and works in Athens, Greece.



ABOUT Team
Thouli Misirloglou

B2B Creative Industry ConferenceThessaloniki

Thouli has studied History and Archaeology and specialized in Art History at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and in Paris. She is curating public and private collections, editions and art exhibitions, and she is Exhibitions and Collections Curator at the Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art (Thessaloniki).
She has collaborated with numerous museums and other cultural institutions, both public and private, and artists, and has organized exhibitions and festivals in Greece, Italy, UK and elsewhere. During the period 2005-2006 she contributed to the reactivation of the Thessaloniki Center for Contemporary Art of the State Museum of Contemporary Art. She has participated in the development of European cultural programs and coordinates Officeculture.eu, a cultural productions platform aiming to the support and dissemination of contemporary art. She is a member of various artistic committees and associations.



B2B Creative Industry ConferenceThessaloniki

Thouli has studied History and Archaeology and specialized in Art History at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and in Paris. She is curating public and private collections, editions and art exhibitions, and she is Exhibitions and Collections Curator at the Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art (Thessaloniki).
She has collaborated with numerous museums and other cultural institutions, both public and private, and artists, and has organized exhibitions and festivals in Greece, Italy, UK and elsewhere. During the period 2005-2006 she contributed to the reactivation of the Thessaloniki Center for Contemporary Art of the State Museum of Contemporary Art. She has participated in the development of European cultural programs and coordinates Officeculture.eu, a cultural productions platform aiming to the support and dissemination of contemporary art. She is a member of various artistic committees and associations.



ABOUT Team
Yiannis Charalambopoulos

 Co-Founder of Beetroot Design Group & Graphic Designer.

Yiannis studied Graphic design and Typography at AKTO college of design in Athens and continued his studies in London with an MA course in Typo/Graphic Studies at London College of Communication.

After returning to Thessaloniki in 2000, he founded Beetroot Design Group together with Alexandros Nikou & Vagelis Liakos.

Beetroot Design Group is a visual communication agency, design powerhouse and think-tank that provides diverse and exciting design solution for a wide range of clients including: Microsoft, National Bank of Greece, Lidl Hellas, Municipality of Thessaloniki, Greek Ministry of Tourism & Culture, Culture Seven Group, Corbis, Thessaloniki Concert Hall, Thessaloniki Film Festival, Thessaloniki Museum of Contemporary Art and Thessaloniki Museum of Photography, Cyprus Architects Association, Ekies Resort, KONVA Canning Factory of North Aegean,.

Beetroot has won some of the most prestigious distinctions in the industry including: the Grand EBGE (2010, 2008 and 2006), the EPICA - European Creative Award (2004), a number of Epica Awards, the D&AD Award (2010), the European Design Award as the "Agency of the year" (2008), Red Dot Award as "Grand Prix" winner 2010 and the & Red Dot Design Award again as the "Agency of the year" (2011).


 Co-Founder of Beetroot Design Group & Graphic Designer.

Yiannis studied Graphic design and Typography at AKTO college of design in Athens and continued his studies in London with an MA course in Typo/Graphic Studies at London College of Communication.

After returning to Thessaloniki in 2000, he founded Beetroot Design Group together with Alexandros Nikou & Vagelis Liakos.

Beetroot Design Group is a visual communication agency, design powerhouse and think-tank that provides diverse and exciting design solution for a wide range of clients including: Microsoft, National Bank of Greece, Lidl Hellas, Municipality of Thessaloniki, Greek Ministry of Tourism & Culture, Culture Seven Group, Corbis, Thessaloniki Concert Hall, Thessaloniki Film Festival, Thessaloniki Museum of Contemporary Art and Thessaloniki Museum of Photography, Cyprus Architects Association, Ekies Resort, KONVA Canning Factory of North Aegean,.

Beetroot has won some of the most prestigious distinctions in the industry including: the Grand EBGE (2010, 2008 and 2006), the EPICA - European Creative Award (2004), a number of Epica Awards, the D&AD Award (2010), the European Design Award as the "Agency of the year" (2008), Red Dot Award as "Grand Prix" winner 2010 and the & Red Dot Design Award again as the "Agency of the year" (2011).


ABOUT Team
Marina Drymalitou, Project management TR
Marina has studied International Studies at Panteion University of Athens and has obtained
her master on Turkish Politics from the University of London (SOAS) in 2007. She has
participated in a ten month Leadership and Project Management Programme of College of
Europe, Belgium. In the last five years she has moved to Istanbul where she worked in the
field of Minority Rights as a consultant and EU project coordinator. In 2010 she collaborated
with the Istanbul Cultural Capital of Europe Agency in various projects. Since 2009 she has
been coordinating cultural projects and events, independently, for private organizations
as well as for the General Consulate of Greece in Istanbul. She has also worked as a WP
Coordinator for the EU Sustainable Cultural Heritage Management project. She has always
been very actively involved as volunteer in various NGO’s and Civil Society initiatives. She
speaks English, Turkish and French.
Marina has studied International Studies at Panteion University of Athens and has obtained
her master on Turkish Politics from the University of London (SOAS) in 2007. She has
participated in a ten month Leadership and Project Management Programme of College of
Europe, Belgium. In the last five years she has moved to Istanbul where she worked in the
field of Minority Rights as a consultant and EU project coordinator. In 2010 she collaborated
with the Istanbul Cultural Capital of Europe Agency in various projects. Since 2009 she has
been coordinating cultural projects and events, independently, for private organizations
as well as for the General Consulate of Greece in Istanbul. She has also worked as a WP
Coordinator for the EU Sustainable Cultural Heritage Management project. She has always
been very actively involved as volunteer in various NGO’s and Civil Society initiatives. She
speaks English, Turkish and French.
ABOUT Team
Elli Tsiforou, EU/International Relations

Born in Athens, Greece. Studied Communication & Media at the Panteion University of Social and Political Studies in Athens, Greece and then at the Stendhal University in Grenoble, France. During her post-graduate studies she was granted a scholarship funded by the Basil and Elise Goulandris Foundation. Worked as a researcher at the Stendhal University within the team of the GRESEC laboratory (Research Group on Communication Issues) from 2002 to 2003. Served as a political adviser at the European Parliament during the 2004-2009 legislature. Her main responsibilities included following the work of the Committees on Agriculture and Rural Development, Financial Perspectives 2007-2013 and Climate Change, speechwriting, organizing conferences and events etc.

Has participated in congresses, written articles and published translations mainly in the fields of media theory and agricultural policy.

Currently works as a political adviser in Athens, Greece.

Speaks French, English, Italian and is studying Arabic.

Born in Athens, Greece. Studied Communication & Media at the Panteion University of Social and Political Studies in Athens, Greece and then at the Stendhal University in Grenoble, France. During her post-graduate studies she was granted a scholarship funded by the Basil and Elise Goulandris Foundation. Worked as a researcher at the Stendhal University within the team of the GRESEC laboratory (Research Group on Communication Issues) from 2002 to 2003. Served as a political adviser at the European Parliament during the 2004-2009 legislature. Her main responsibilities included following the work of the Committees on Agriculture and Rural Development, Financial Perspectives 2007-2013 and Climate Change, speechwriting, organizing conferences and events etc.

Has participated in congresses, written articles and published translations mainly in the fields of media theory and agricultural policy.

Currently works as a political adviser in Athens, Greece.

Speaks French, English, Italian and is studying Arabic.

ABOUT Team
Stella Pekiaridi, Project Manager

Stella Pekiaridi was born in Athens, Greece in 1980. She studied Medieval and Modern Greek Literature at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Literary Translation at the European Centre for the Translation of Literature and Human Sciences and Cultural Management at the Faculty of Culture, Media and Communication of the Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences in Athens. Since 2003 she has being working as a translator with a specialization in History, Art History, Museology and the Visual Arts, as well as a contributing editor in online and offline media of cultural interest. Throughout her career, she has collaborated with the Hellenic Centre for Photography, the Athens Photo Festival and various Greek and international publishing houses.

Since the completion of her masters studies in 2010, she is an active independent researcher in the field of photography theory; her research interests include visual culture, visual literacy, the use of photography in old and new media and the role of the visual document as cultural heritage. Since 2011 she is editor-in-chief at the English version of elculture.gr, the most dynamic art and culture guide in Greece. She works as a freelance project manager and curator of cultural events in Greece and the Netherlands.

Stella Pekiaridi was born in Athens, Greece in 1980. She studied Medieval and Modern Greek Literature at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Literary Translation at the European Centre for the Translation of Literature and Human Sciences and Cultural Management at the Faculty of Culture, Media and Communication of the Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences in Athens. Since 2003 she has being working as a translator with a specialization in History, Art History, Museology and the Visual Arts, as well as a contributing editor in online and offline media of cultural interest. Throughout her career, she has collaborated with the Hellenic Centre for Photography, the Athens Photo Festival and various Greek and international publishing houses.

Since the completion of her masters studies in 2010, she is an active independent researcher in the field of photography theory; her research interests include visual culture, visual literacy, the use of photography in old and new media and the role of the visual document as cultural heritage. Since 2011 she is editor-in-chief at the English version of elculture.gr, the most dynamic art and culture guide in Greece. She works as a freelance project manager and curator of cultural events in Greece and the Netherlands.

ABOUT Team
Artemis Palaska, Production & Communication Assistant

Artemis Palaska was born in Athens in 1987. She studied English Language and Culture at the National University of Athens, and acquired her bachelor in Copenhagen University, during her Erasmus programme. After her bachelor studies she worked in several cultural institutions and organizations such as the Museum of Cycladic Art (Athens), Benaki Museum (Athens), Thessaloniki International Film Festival and at the Kinitiras choreography lab-artist residency (Athens). In September 2011 she started her MA in Arts & Heritage: Policy, Management & Education at Maastricht University, where she took courses from art history to management, marketing and organization of festivals.

Artemis worked as an intern at Res Artis Office (May - July 2012) in Amsterdam Netherlands, where she handled administrative work and in parallel she worked on her thesis, which examines the ways artist residencies adapt culturally and financially in countries with political or economical instability, what are the new residential models they follow and how sustainable are they in the long-run. Furthermore, in order to enrich the Res Artis network Artemis elaborated on a map of artist residencies in South-Eastern Europe.

Artemis Palaska was born in Athens in 1987. She studied English Language and Culture at the National University of Athens, and acquired her bachelor in Copenhagen University, during her Erasmus programme. After her bachelor studies she worked in several cultural institutions and organizations such as the Museum of Cycladic Art (Athens), Benaki Museum (Athens), Thessaloniki International Film Festival and at the Kinitiras choreography lab-artist residency (Athens). In September 2011 she started her MA in Arts & Heritage: Policy, Management & Education at Maastricht University, where she took courses from art history to management, marketing and organization of festivals.

Artemis worked as an intern at Res Artis Office (May - July 2012) in Amsterdam Netherlands, where she handled administrative work and in parallel she worked on her thesis, which examines the ways artist residencies adapt culturally and financially in countries with political or economical instability, what are the new residential models they follow and how sustainable are they in the long-run. Furthermore, in order to enrich the Res Artis network Artemis elaborated on a map of artist residencies in South-Eastern Europe.

ABOUT Team
Dr. Sozita Goudouna

Creative director


Dr. Sozita Goudouna is an art theorist and curator who is currently teaching associate to Prof RoseLee Goldberg at New York University as the inaugural Andrew Mellon Curatorial Fellow at Performa New York, an arts organisation committed to the research, development, and presentation of performance by visual artists. Performa's curatorial partnerships consist of a consortium of 80 + cultural institutions across New York City (MoMA, New Museum, Whitney, Guggenheim, Watermill Centre, Times Sq Alliance et al), that co-organize acclaimed projects and programs with an international roster of artists, architects, critics, curators, and writers from across the world.

Her research focuses on the History and Theory of Modern and Contemporary Art & Curatorial Practices and her book on the interfaces between respiration and art entitled “Mediated Breath” is forthcoming in 2016.

Sozita is also the artistic director of the three-year European Union funded Research and Exhibitions Programme (2012-2015) Public Scapes: Art and Curatorial Practices in the Public Sphere and Kappatos Athens Art Residency under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture.

Artists in Residence include: Martin Creed, Santiago Sierra, Lynda Benglis, Roy Ascott, Mat Chivers, Tim Shaw RA, Marie Voignier, Miriam Simun, Joo Yeon Park.

The researcher has collaborated with Marina Abramovic's production “Seven Deaths,” conceived by the artist in collaboration with seven prominent directors.

Sozita founded in 2008 in London "Out Of The Box Intermedia" and has curated intermedia projects with the company in venues such as the Shunt Vaults, Hunterian Museum, French Institute, ICA, Barbican Centre, Benaki Museum, Byzantine Museum, Historical Archives Museum, Place-London, Frieze London, Tate Modern and in the public sphere and has collaborated with artists such as Raqs Media Collective, Werner Nekes, Pavel Büchler, Dorothy Cross, Mat Collishaw, Andrea Geyger, the International Institute of Important Items, Martin Sexton, Flux Factory NY among other artists, architects, scientists and art collectives.

The Onassis scholar holds a PhD on the interfaces between the visual and performing arts ( Art & Respiration, High-Modernist Discourse, Samuel Beckett and Intermediality) from the University of London supervised by Prof David Bradby. She has also studied Philosophy, Theatre and Directing in London (BA, MA RADA Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts & Kings College London). She is collaborating with ISIS (International Society for Intermedial Studies) for a new publication “The Journal of Intermedia Studies” and is a contributing editor of Commonground Publishing and Routledge and has formerly been associate editor of STP Studies in Theatre and Performance (Intellect Publishers currently Routledge). Her scholarly work appears in many academic journals and she has given given lectures at a range of contemporary art and institutions including: Tate Modern, Documenta/Kassel, Psi, IFTR, Tapra, Prague Quadrennial, Venice and Sydney Biennale et al.

Sozita has also organised four museum conferences on the Visual Arts, Performance, Landscape Architecture and Ecology and is elected as Treasurer of the Board of Directors at International Association of Art Critics AICA Hellas and as Member of the Board of Directors at the Hellenic Centre of the International Theatre Institute Unesco.

For more information please visit: OutOFTheBox

Creative director


Dr. Sozita Goudouna is an art theorist and curator who is currently teaching associate to Prof RoseLee Goldberg at New York University as the inaugural Andrew Mellon Curatorial Fellow at Performa New York, an arts organisation committed to the research, development, and presentation of performance by visual artists. Performa's curatorial partnerships consist of a consortium of 80 + cultural institutions across New York City (MoMA, New Museum, Whitney, Guggenheim, Watermill Centre, Times Sq Alliance et al), that co-organize acclaimed projects and programs with an international roster of artists, architects, critics, curators, and writers from across the world.

Her research focuses on the History and Theory of Modern and Contemporary Art & Curatorial Practices and her book on the interfaces between respiration and art entitled “Mediated Breath” is forthcoming in 2016.

Sozita is also the artistic director of the three-year European Union funded Research and Exhibitions Programme (2012-2015) Public Scapes: Art and Curatorial Practices in the Public Sphere and Kappatos Athens Art Residency under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture.

Artists in Residence include: Martin Creed, Santiago Sierra, Lynda Benglis, Roy Ascott, Mat Chivers, Tim Shaw RA, Marie Voignier, Miriam Simun, Joo Yeon Park.

The researcher has collaborated with Marina Abramovic's production “Seven Deaths,” conceived by the artist in collaboration with seven prominent directors.

Sozita founded in 2008 in London "Out Of The Box Intermedia" and has curated intermedia projects with the company in venues such as the Shunt Vaults, Hunterian Museum, French Institute, ICA, Barbican Centre, Benaki Museum, Byzantine Museum, Historical Archives Museum, Place-London, Frieze London, Tate Modern and in the public sphere and has collaborated with artists such as Raqs Media Collective, Werner Nekes, Pavel Büchler, Dorothy Cross, Mat Collishaw, Andrea Geyger, the International Institute of Important Items, Martin Sexton, Flux Factory NY among other artists, architects, scientists and art collectives.

The Onassis scholar holds a PhD on the interfaces between the visual and performing arts ( Art & Respiration, High-Modernist Discourse, Samuel Beckett and Intermediality) from the University of London supervised by Prof David Bradby. She has also studied Philosophy, Theatre and Directing in London (BA, MA RADA Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts & Kings College London). She is collaborating with ISIS (International Society for Intermedial Studies) for a new publication “The Journal of Intermedia Studies” and is a contributing editor of Commonground Publishing and Routledge and has formerly been associate editor of STP Studies in Theatre and Performance (Intellect Publishers currently Routledge). Her scholarly work appears in many academic journals and she has given given lectures at a range of contemporary art and institutions including: Tate Modern, Documenta/Kassel, Psi, IFTR, Tapra, Prague Quadrennial, Venice and Sydney Biennale et al.

Sozita has also organised four museum conferences on the Visual Arts, Performance, Landscape Architecture and Ecology and is elected as Treasurer of the Board of Directors at International Association of Art Critics AICA Hellas and as Member of the Board of Directors at the Hellenic Centre of the International Theatre Institute Unesco.

For more information please visit: OutOFTheBox

ABOUT
Organizer

AEGEANALE is a project of LOCOMOTIVA, a non-profit organization based in Athens that specializes in the planning, development and implementation of art projects. Working closely with art institutions, galleries and museums LOCOMOTIVA has amassed an impressive track record of producing high-profile cultural events. For more information on LOCOMOTIVA and our previous projects, please visit www.locomotiva.gr














AEGEANALE 2014
Aegeanale 2014

 

For the third year in a row, Aegeanale arts and culture platform takes place from June to October 2014 offering to travelers and art lovers a vast program of artistic events dispersed in various destinations across the Aegean Sea.

Our program for 2014 is being continuously updated

Stay tuned for our latest news through this site and our social media channels!




AEGEANALE 2014
Aegeanale In Mykonos: Kivotos Art Projects

 

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Continuing its artistic activities on the island of Mykonos in collaboration with curator Dr Sozita Goudouna, the Aegeanale arts and culture platform inaugurates its programme for 2014 with Kivotos Art Projects at Kivotos Hotel, Ornos Mykonos.

Following last year's success Kivotos Art Projects 2014 consists of a group exhibition curated by art historian Dr Sozita Goudouna and featuring works by 22 distinguished visual artists who employ different media such as painting, sculpture, photography, video, multimedia and installation.

Kivotos Art Projects 2014 group exhibition takes place from May to October 2014 in the new showroom of the Kivotos Hotel in Ornos, Mykonos, thereby comprising its visual arts programme, which will be framed by musical and theatrical events throughout the summer.

Programme

Duration: End of May-End of October

Participating Artists:
Margarita Athanasiou / Felix Delandre / Maria Fragoudaki / Steve C. Harvey / Sofia Housou / Stelios Karamanolis / Elias Kafouros / Eva Marathaki / Margarita Myrogianni / Aliki Pappa / Hara Piperidou / Toula Plumi / Brigitte Polemis / George Sampsonidis / Martin Sexton / Christina Sgouromiti / Giorgos Stamkopoulos / Leontios Toumpouris / Antonis Tsakiris / Pavlos Tsakonas / George Tserionis / Versaweiss

 

Opening Reception: 26th of July 2014

The opening reception of the group show includes a parallel programme of performance events, dj sets and sound projects by established artists.

 

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George Tserionis 

 

 

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Maria Fragoudaki

 

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Elias Kafouros

 

 

Curator' s Bio

Dr. Sozita Goudouna's professional career focuses on curatorial practice and on educational activities in the field of contemporary art, architecture and performance. She has extensive knowledge of current issues and concerns relating to the cultural sector and a demonstrated ability of curating innovative art events in site‐specific contexts and in established museums, festivals and International Art Fairs (Hunterian Museum London, Benaki Museum, Shunt Vaults London, Byzantine Museum, Art-Athina etc).

Moreover, Sozita is the director of “Out of the Box Intermedia” (an awarded international non-profit art company based in London). The company produces Intermedia projects and educational programs with collaborators from various disciplines, under the auspices of the European Cultural Foundation, the British Council, the French Institute and has collaborations with artists like: Mat Collishaw, Raqs Media Collective, Werner Nekes, Dorothy Cross, Kate MccGwire, Alastair Mackie, the International Institute of Important Items and many others.

Sozita holds a BA in Philosophy and Theatre and an MA in Directing (Royal Academy of Dramatic Art & Kings College, University of London). She is also involved in academic research and has published various articles in international Journals and presented papers on the visual arts, education and aesthetics at various conferences (Tate Modern, Venice and Sydney Biennale, Documenta Kassel, PSi, TaPRA, Amber, Brandenburg Academy of Arts, Prague Quadrennial). Her editorial expertise includes working as associate editor for Intellect Publishers, for the contemporary literature department of Routledge Taylor & Francis Group and for CommonGround.
AEGEANALE 2014
Aegeanale In Naxos: Aurora Borealis Ii
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Simple Things, 2013, 100 x 100 cm, acrylic on canvas, by Milena Dimitrokallis.

 
Aegeanale’ s 2014 program in August includes the solo painting exhibition by Milena Dimitrokallis titled “Aurora Borealis II”. The exhibition will be on display from August 14th to 31st at Naxos Castle, Ursuline School, daily from 10.00 to 13.00 and from 19.00 to 22.00.
 
Abstract forms and shapes with strength and rhythm, expressing passion, motion, life. Freely drawn lines with an emphasis on the spontaneous expression of emotion without reference to the visible. Intense, vibrant colours, full of space forming contrasts.  
 
Aurora Borealis or the Northern Lights, one of the nature’s most magnificent celestial phenomena that paint the heavens with unearthly, surreal colours and amazing patterns during the dark nights of the North Pole constitutes artist’s inspiration.  In the darkness emerges a spectacular light-show with ever changing mists of colour dancing in the sky.
 
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Change, Paradox and Humour, 160 x 140, acrylic on canvas.
 
 
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Bright, Light and Right, 160 x 140 cm, acrylic on canvas.
 
 
Artist’s Bio
Milena Dimitrokallis was born in Athens in 1971. She has studied Business and Management Studies (BA Honors, MSc) in the UK.  She has attended courses in Philosophy of Mind from University of Oxford and completed Drawing and Painting courses in Athens with painter Mariela Konstantinidou.
 
She has worked in the Advertising Industry, the Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games ATHENS 2004 and in management at a boutique hotel complex in Naxos, Greece. Since 2011 she has been working as an artist.
 
She has showed her work at two solo exhibitions and has participated in 14 group exhibitions in Greece and abroad.  She has been awarded in international art competitions and in 2013 she has participated in the international art competition Mitteleuropa Prix International Art Prize and was awarded the first prize.
 
AEGEANALE 2014
Aegeanale In Hydra: Hydra Darling!

From August 9th to 17th, Aegeanale art and culture platform presents the exhibition "Hydra Darling!" at the Melina Mercuri cultural center in the port of Hydra. The exhibition opens on August 9th at 21.00.


The exhibition Hydra Darling! includes works from two visual artists, Nikos Rakkas and Nicky Bee, having humor, pop attitude and inspiration from Hydra island as a common ground.
Nikos Rakkas uses as models for his photographs Playmobil figures from his huge collection, presenting them as common people, in a daily and natural routine. This time he gets inspired by the cosmopolitan atmosphere of Hydra island and the emblematic films that have been shot there.


Nikos Rakkas' Playmobil Project has started 9 years ago and has been presented so far in solo and group exhibitions in London, Rome, Athens and Thessaloniki gaining positive reviews in the international press as well as prizes and distinctions in many festivals and competitions.


Νicky Bee creates multi-colored three-dimensional constructions and collages using fabrics sewed on painted aquarelle paper. Having as starting point the unique landscape of Hydra, she creates pop-art sceneries and sculptures out of recycled materials such as steel wire, newspapers, resin and marble.

AEGEANALE 2013
Aegeanale 2013

The summer of 2013 has been selected as the starting point of Aegeanale's first strategic initiative, namely, the support and the communication of a series of  artistic projects from the contemporary art scene, which travels in several locations of the Aegean Sea, constructing tourist routes of cultural interest.

AEGEANALE 2013
Kivotos Art Projects

 

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Kivotos Arts Projects is a series of 5 contemporary art exhibitions by 20 emerging and established Greek artists curated by curator dr. Sozita Goudouna. The exhibitions mark the inaugural opening of the exhibition space of Kivotos Mykonos Hotel where they will be presented in succession during the period May-October 2013.


Becoming a part of the Aegeanale platform, Kivotos Arts Projects aspires to establish its role as a shelter for contemporary artistic creation in the Aegean, as well as to contribute to the re-mapping of Mykonos island to a destination of cultural interest.


Comprising of painting, sculpture, photography, video, and mixed-media installations, this ambitious project offers a singular unveiling in it' s exceptional context, further creating a dialogue for original contemporary art in the island of Mykonos.

 

Program

 

 25 May -7 July
Sophia Housou Exhibition

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Sophia Housou

 

22 June
Opening ceremony-1st exhibition

Opening of first solo exhibition by artist Sofia Housou 22 June 8pm

Live Performance "Of An Eternal Light" by Katerina Misichroni, creative direction Christina Kalli & Minas Minatsis (Eternal Optimist)

Live Band : Dimitris Tasainas & the Soul Vibrators


Dj Set Katerina Kafetzi a.k.a. Kafka

 

8 July -1 August
Group Exhibition
Venia Dimitrakopoulou, Chara Piperidou, Polina Cassimatis, Maria Fragoudaki

 

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Venia Dimitrakopoulou

 

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Polina Cassimatis

 

    

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Hara Piperidou



 

27 July
Opening ceremony-2nd exhibition

 

2 August - 29 August
Brigitte Polemis and Naya Eleftheriou-Passaris Exhibition

 

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Brigitte Polemis


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Naya Eleftheriou-Passaris


 

10 Αugust
Opening ceremony-3rd exhibition

 

30 August - 15 September
Group Exhibition
Evgenia Apostolou, Filippos Tsitsopoulos and Rania Bellou

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Evgenia Apostolou

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Filippos Tsitsopoulos

 

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Rania Bellou

 

31 August
Opening ceremony-4th exhibition

 

16 September- 6 October
Yiannis Christakos Exhibition

Yiannis Christakos
 

21 September
Opening ceremony-5th exhibition

 

During the main program, in parallel exhibitions will take place in different curated areas of the hotel, which will display works of the following artists: Venia Dimitrakopoulou, Martha Dimitropoulou, Apostle Karakatsani, Aspasia Kouzoupi, Eve Marathaki, Dimitris Ntokatzis, Christina Sgouromyti, Leontes Toumpouras, Panos Famelis and Vangelis Hoursoglou. The works will be presented at the Opening ceremony of July 27.

 

The Opening ceremony of each exhibition includes a parallel program of music and dance events.

 
Curator's bio


Dr. Sozita Goudouna's professional career focuses on curatorial practice and on educational activities in the field of contemporary art, architecture and performance. She has extensive knowledge of current issues and concerns relating to the cultural sector and a demonstrated ability of curating innovative art events in site‐specific contexts and in established museums, festivals and International Art Fairs (Hunterian Museum London, Benaki Museum, Shunt Vaults London, Byzantine Museum, Art-Athina etc).

Moreover, Sozita is the director of “Out of the Box Intermedia” (an awarded international non-profit art company based in London). The company produces Intermedia projects and educational programs with collaborators from various disciplines, under the auspices of the European Cultural Foundation, the British Council, the French Institute and has collaborations with artists like: Mat Collishaw, Raqs Media Collective, Werner Nekes, Dorothy Cross, Kate MccGwire, Alastair Mackie, the International Institute of Important Items and many others.

Her educational expertise includes a forthcoming book publication in relation to her Ph.D thesis on the Visual Arts and Intermediality at the University of London. Sozita holds a BA in Philosophy and Theatre and an MA in Directing (Royal Academy of Dramatic Art & Kings College, University of London). She is also involved in academic research and has published various articles in international Journals and presented papers on the visual arts, education and aesthetics at various conferences (Tate Modern, Venice and Sydney Biennale, Documenta Kassel, PSi, TaPRA, Amber, Brandenburg Academy of Arts, Prague Quadrennial). Her editorial expertise includes working as associate editor for Intellect Publishers, for the contemporary literature department of Routledge Taylor & Francis Group and for CommonGround.


For more info: www.outoftheboxintermedia.org

AEGEANALE 2013
Aegean Experienced

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Dimitris Kleanthis, from the "Caldera" series. ©Kleanthis


Aegeanale in collaboration with the Athens International Airport presents the photo and video art exhibition Aegean Experienced, from July 4th to October 30th 2013 at airport’ s  “Art and  Culture” exhibition area at Arrivals level (entrance 1).


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Yiorgis Yerolymbos, Oitylo, dawn, 2013. ©Yerolymbos


 

Aegean Experienced

The Aegean Sea, as every sea, is not characterized so much by its consolidated qualities as by its innumerous potentials. It is an archipelago that is continuously changing forms and, at its turn, forms the life that it embraces. It features though an additional peculiarity since it is bathed by the East Mediterranean light. Seven artists illustrate the way they experienced this conjunction, composing with their images a multi-perspectival transcendental narrative.

 

Participants: Stratis Vogiatzis, Yiorgis Yerolymbos, Dimitris Kleanthis, Costas Masseras, Thekla Malamou, Socrates Baltagiannis, Emmanouil Papadopoulos. 


Curator: Stella Pekiaridi

 



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Costas Masseras, from the "Salt" series. ©Masseras


AEGEANALE 2013
True Romance
Aegeanale presents the new photo exhibition by Nikos Rakkas titled TRUE ROMANCE.
The exhibition takes place in premises of the brand new exhibition space LOVED of Paroikia, Paros island from August 1st to 23rd, 2013.
 

In his new project, Nikos Rakkas, brings again into life his favorite playmobil models from his personal collection!

This time the playmobils are the real-like romantic heroes which live next to us, in cities and in beautiful seas.

The photographer aims, as always, to play with different scales, in order to include his favorite figures in natural landscapes without any technical means.

 

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A Man Called Sun ©Rakkas

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Summer Ends ©Rakkas

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Everyman' s an island ©Rakkas

 

 

 
PARALLEL EVENTS
Parallel Events
A number of parallel events will be held during the Aegeanale 2013. Check back soon for updates.
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New International Platform of Art and Culture Unveils Plans for 2013 Mediterranean Launch

APRIL 27, 2012—ATHENS—An international team of art and culture specialists unveiled their plans today for AEGEANALE, a unique, annual platform of contemporary art, culture and tourism taking place throughout the Eastern Mediterranean. Launching in the summer of 2013, AEGEANALE fosters cross-border cultural collaborations and invites creative minds to a summer of discovery and inspiration on the majestic Aegean Sea.

AEGEANALE invites international curators to select contemporary artists from around the world to participate in a residency program in some of the Aegean’s most spectacular sites. Using local resources, and drawing inspiration from the Aegean environment and traditions, each artist will create a distinct site specific work of art in a prominent public space. Once completed, works will remain permanently on location, leaving a lasting legacy for the community—in time, transforming the Aegean into a pioneering open park of art. Specialized tourism packages will allow the artistic community to tour several sites, interacting with artists and taking part in community-inspired openings.

“For thousands of years, the Aegean has been contemporary,” says AEGEANALE’s Founder and General Manager, Nikos Ververidis. “We are tapping into the region’s vast cultural wealth in a completely new way, sharing our heritage with the rest of the world while creating new artistic-themed tourism opportunities for participating communities.”

AEGEANALE’s first residencies will take place in May and June of 2013 in Chios [GR], Lesvos [GR], Rhodes [GR], Sifnos [GR], Paros [GR], Mykonos [GR], Naxos [GR], Rethymno [GR] and Lemesos [CY]. AEGEANALE’s organizers have issued an open call to municipalities in all countries throughout the broader Mediterranean region to also participate in the project’s launch by hosting residencies, in an effort to further the exchange of culture and capital between neighboring nations.

AEGEANALE is privileged to have the following curators taking part in the inaugural event: Lora Sariaslan (TR), Saliha Kasap (TR), Max Henry (USA), Stavros Kavalaris (GR), Nadia Gerazouni (GR), and Dafne Vitali (GR).

The platform is supported by an advisory board comprised of distinguished members of the international and regional culture and art communities, including Mrs. Beral Madra (Curator and Art Manager, TR), Mr. and Mrs. Can and Sevda Elgiz (Collectors and Owners of Proj4L, TR), Mr. Paolo Colombo (Art Advisor, Istanbul Modern, IT), Marieke Van Hal (Founder, Biennial Foundation, NL), Alkis Courcoulas (Journalist, GR), Heracles Moskof (Special Advisor, Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs, GR), and Harry Tzimitras (Ass. Professor, Bilgi University, GR).

AEGEANALE enjoys the auspices of the Greek Ministry of Culture and Tourism.

For more information, please contact: internationalmedia@aegeanale.org or visit www.aegeanale.org

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