The “Peliti” at the 8th Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art

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Thessaloniki, November 30, 2022

Press Release

8th Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art

Exhibitions, projects, innovative events, meetings and new collaborations in the Biennale’s program!

Opening: Saturday, December 10, 2022

The exchange of ideas, values ​​and norms, within a context of a multitude of cultural, geographical and political debates and conflicts, is at the core of the concept of ‘geoculture’ in the political and social sciences. This is the rationale behind the decision of the 8th Thessaloniki’s Biennale of Contemporary Art to turn its attention to the terms ‘land’ (“geo-“) and ‘culture’, connecting the cultivation of land with culture, understood as a set of resources , texts and practices which are available to people, helping them better understand and more effectively act in the world. It explores issues of memory, history, and managing both the natural and man-made environment, under the conditions of the climate, economic and refugee crises.

The participating artists focus on histories of places and people? they touch upon issues of identity, ethics, equity and sustainability? they suggest improvised ecological technologies? they explore the potential for collective existence and question the systems by which production, consumption and profitability are organized? they put into practice ideas of resource sharing and equitable living, as well as ways of reassessing the commodification of human and non-human life. Through their works, imagination becomes a crucial factor in facilitating the audience to imagine different futures.

Firmly believing that art broadens our understanding of the world, the 8th Biennale seeks not only to raise environmental awareness, but also to multiply future possibilities, with new claims and visions. The 8th Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art under the general title “Geocultura” aspires to serve as a means of communication with the world, as an act of justice and freedom, of trust and progressive thinking.

Director : Thouli Misirloglou

The Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art is financed by Greece and the European Union (European Regional Development Fund) is organized by MOMus and implemented by MOMus-Museum of Contemporary Art-Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art and State Museum of Contemporary Art Collections.

The program of the 8 th Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art begins on December 10, 2022, finds its peak on March 4, 2023 with the opening of the main exhibition “Being as Communion” and ends on May 21, 2023, with its new productions .

Biennale program in brief (in chronological order)

Exhibition “Graceland. The triumph of an uncertain path”

10.12.2022 – 23.04.2023 / opening: 10.12, 18:00

Venue: MOMus-Experimental Center for the Arts

The exhibition is a collective project by the visual artists Rania Emmanouilidou, Fani Boudouroglou and Evangelia Psoma, who experiment with various production techniques of bioplastic, paper, crystal cultivation, plantings and permaculture and create a collective work in progress, a common place of artistic symbiosis that invites the public in an immersive experience. Believing that nothing is left untouched and stable anymore, the exhibition promises us an enclosed garden in the world that threatens us, while recognizing that no shelter can protect us from the unpredictable.

Artists: Rania Emmanouilidou, Fani Boudouroglou and Evangelia Psoma

Curator: Anna Mykoniati


Exhibition “Ark : A structure of care. Contemporary artworks from the collections of MOMus-Museum of Contemporary Art and the National Museum of Contemporary Art”

10.12.2022 – 26.03.2023 / opening: 10.12, 20:00

Venue: MOMus-Museum of Contemporary Art-Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art and State Museum of Contemporary Art Collections

The Ark concept defines various applications, repositories, and banks and collection activities that aim to rescue, protect, and preserve data, objects, and information for future use. We know that irresponsible use and abuse has led to much of the climate change and environmental degradation we face today. Storms exist as part of natural weather patterns on the planet, but warmer oceans produce stronger storms and heavier rains, which in turn increase flooding.

The aim of the exhibition is to present the visual visions, searches and inventive ways of approaching the recently emerging conditions, such as the decline of the bee, deforestation, air pollution, overheating, desertification, the food crisis, overexploitation of water resources, consumerism and climate change which altogether fight against the environment’s dynamics to inspire, protect, breathe, heal, regenerate.

It is a group exhibition of contemporary art that brings together 41 Greek and foreign artists with more than 75 works of painting, sculpture, and new media from the collections of the National Museum of Contemporary Art and the MOMus-Museum of Contemporary Art.

Artists: Dimitris Alithinos, Angelos Antonopoulos, Achilleas Aperghis, Constantin (Dikos) Byzantios, Dimitris Condos, Bia Davou, Lionel Estève, Aris Georgiou, George Gerontides, Leonidas Giannakopoulos, Daniel Gounaridis, George Gyparakis, Frascisco Infante-Arana & Nonna Gurionova, Marion Inglessi, Alexandros Isaris, Valerios Kaloutsis, Christos Karas Aris Katsilakis, Antigoni Kavvatha, George Lappas, Sotiris Michou, Eleni Mylonas, George Osodi, Rena Papaspyrou, Pavlos (Dionysopoulos), Alexandros Psychoulis, Mario Prassinos, Omid Salehi, Sotiris Sorogas, Marios Spiliopoulos , Danae Stratou, Thomas Struth, Takis (Vassilakis), Theodoros (Papadimitriou), Yorgos Tsakiris, Karolos Tsizek, Costas Tsoclis, Dimitris Tzamouranis, George Vakalo, Manolis Zacharioudakis

Curators: Theodore Markoglou, Katerina Syroglou

Project “Climate parliament. Stories of the non-human”

10.12.2022 – 19.02.2023 / opening: 10.12, 20:00

Venue: MOMus-Museum of Contemporary Art-Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art and State Museum of Contemporary Art Collections

Based on a project of the artistic groups Metagarten and Helfersyndrom, (Hamburg and Offenbach, Germany respectively), enriched by the narrative methodological forms of Yannis Angelis (Bad Homburg, Germany), a new version of the participatory action “Climate Parliament”, whose artistic approach is based on creativity, storytelling, community practices, mobilization and empathy, comes to MOMus and the 8th Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art.

Curators: Yannis Angelis, Maria Kokorotskou, Areti Leopoulou, Thouli Misirloglou

Collaboration: Alexandra Chryssadakou

Project “Urban vineyard of the City of Thessaloniki”

10.12.2022 – 19.02.2023 / opening: 10.12, 20:00

Venue: MOMus-Museum of Contemporary Art-Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art and State Museum of Contemporary Art Collections

The urban vineyard of the City of Thessaloniki was created in 2013 in the heart of the city, in the area of ​​​​the Kaftantzoglio Stadium, in the area where the municipal machine shop used to be, as a result of the collaboration of the Municipality of Thessaloniki with the Viticulture Laboratory of the AUTH and the Ktima Gerovassiliou. It is the only urban vineyard nationwide. About 480 plants of wine-making varieties were planted: Xinomavro, Agiorgitiko, Malagouzia and Robola were the four Greek grape varieties that had been chosen. The urban vineyard gives added value to the reputation of Thessaloniki and strengthens the narrative of the wine and culinary culture of the city.

Project “Metropolitan Park @Thessaloniki International Fair”

10.12.2022 – 19.02.2023 / opening: 10.12, 20:00

Venue: MOMus-Museum of Contemporary Art-Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art and State Museum of Contemporary Art Collections

The exhibition hosts works by postgraduate students of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Landscape Architecture. Architects, Agronomists, Foresters, Civil Engineers, Spatial Planners, Environmental Engineers, design the location of the Thessaloniki International Fair, as a contemporary urban center park, that the city lacks, of course “Landscape Design, Urban Space Design”.

Recreating and highlighting the image of the city from its history, natural and cultural, ensuring free public living space, urban livability, upgraded quality, natural continuity and greenery, is the creative contribution of the projects to our urban geoculture. In any case, according to the dynamics of the landscape, nature and culture which seems to have been forgotten, in the otherwise nerve-wracking sphere of this urban space, for which many plans, visions and claims exist even from Hébrard and up to this day.


Tutors: Mary Tzimopoulou, Anastasia Papadopoulou

Postgraduate students: Rallis Ambatzidis, Konstantinos Boufidis, Pavlos Darmanin, Anna Maria Giannopoulou, Ioannis Hotokouridis, Elpida Iakovidou, Stella Kalogirou, Ioanna Karametou, Dimitra Karavasili, Vassilis Konstas, Theodora Kotoula, Antigoni Kriari, Chryssa Mantzaridou, Evangelia Oikonomou, Alexandra Panagari, Antonia Perouli, Ioannis Polatidis, Nikos Printzios, Giorgos Tatazidis, Elpiniki Tzagaki

Visitors to the Meeting: Aleka Alexopoulou, Sasa Lada, Magda Pitsiava-Latinopoulou & Giorgos Zoidis, Anastasia Bourlidou, Panayota Mouratidou


Project “ Manolis Baboussis. The garden”

10.12.2022 – 19.02.2023 / opening: 10.12, 20:00

Venue: MOMus-Museum of Contemporary Art-Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art and State Museum of Contemporary Art Collections

The project hosts the video by the photographer Manolis Baboussis, who narrates to the trees his thoughts on the image, the teaching process, the art and its history, in the frame of a bigger project he conducted himself back in 2011 at the Fine Arts School of Athens, while he tried to transform the School’s parking area into a garden, without any intervention.

Exhibition Nature Tracers

21.12.2022 – 21.05.2023

Venue: MOMus-Museum of Modern Art-Costakis Collection

The participating artists Alexandra Marati – Anna Vdakoglou, Aikaterini Gegisian and Kiril Prashkov awaken our senses through “biodynamic gardens”, projecting in a visual way the biological cycles of the earth and forever of our lives, altering known works of art and giving them an unexpected sleight of hand.

The exhibition is in dialect with the exhibition “Organic Art. The Avant-garde in Petrograd (on show in the museum until 21.05.2023), in which the theory of the Russian visual artist and musician Mikhail Matiushin from the early 1920’s is reflected, that art exists in nature, in the microcosm and the macrocosm and a special training of our senses and especially vision is needed in order to detect it.

Curator: Maria Tsantsanoglou

Exhibition “Down to Earth”

09.02 – 30.04.2023

Venue: MOMus-Museum Alex Mylona  

The exhibition – a collective proposal by the MOMus curators’ team – presents the works of contemporary Greek visual artists, who, through different means and perspectives, propose a show focused on the values ​​and processes of the earth itself. Art returns to nature, attempting to contribute to the formation of new ways of thinking and being, in order to become a fertile field for an alternative view of the world and for a fruitful symbiosis between the social and the natural.

Artists: Anemicinema (Akis Kersanidis-Chrysa Tzelepi), Zoe Giambouldaki, Marion Inglessi, Yannis Kastritsis, Katerina Moschou, Vassilis Nebegleriotis, Sotiris Panousakis, Vangelis Pliarides, I broke the vase (Nefeli Sani-Eva Matsigkou), Sophia Tolika, Giorgos Tsakiris Stratis Vogiatzis

Curators: Yannis Bolis, Domna Gounari, Areti Leopoulou, Theodore Markoglou, Thouli Misirloglou, Hercules Papaioannou, Katerina Syroglou

Exhibition “Yiannis and Miltos Manakia. People behind the lens Project”

15.02 – 31.12.2023

Venue: Museum of the Macedonian Struggle

The exhibition is presented for the first time at the Museum of the Macedonian Struggle with a large collection of photographs from the personal archive of Leonidas Manaki, son of Miltos Manakia, donated to the Foundation of the Museum of the Macedonian Struggle and Modern History of Macedonia (IMMA) by the Honorary Ambassador Mr. Alexandros Mallias.

Yiannis and Miltos Manakia, originally from Abdella Grevenon, will travel through the countryside and the large urban centers of the Balkans, documenting not only the lives of the hardworking people, moments of relaxation and entertainment but also architectural landmarks, historical and social events that mark the changes of the first half of the 20th century.

Artists: Yiannis Manakia, Miltos Manakia

Curators: Stavroula Mavrogeni, Fani Tsatsaia,

Exhibition “Christos Dikeakos. The world as an open studio”

23.02 – 24.09.2023

Venue: MOMus-Thessaloniki Museum of Photography

Having Thessaloniki as his place of origin and maintaining a prominent artistic profile in the Vancouver art scene since the 1970s, Christos Dikeakos (1946) has been using photographic practices to explore issues such as memory, history and the treatment of both the natural and the man -made environment. His oeuvre particularly focuses on the use of land in interaction with the way modern civilization spreads by shrinking native cultures, which are directly connected to nature.

Dikeakos’ work seeks for a deeper understanding of particular ecosystems as examples of different approaches to the environment. This retrospective exhibition -first ever shown in Greece- includes works from the artist’s photographic series from the 1970s onwards, creating a kind of retrospective exhibition that will introduce the Greek public to an important artist of the diaspora.

Artist: Christos Dikeakos

Curator: Hercules Papaioannou

Collaboration between the 8th Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art & the 25th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival

2 – 12.03.2023

Main exhibition “Being as Communion”

04.03 – 21.05.2023

Venues: MOMus-Museum of Contemporary Art, Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki, Museum of Byzantine Culture, National Bank of Greece Cultural Foundation, Hamidie – Islahane Cultural Venue, Eptapyrgio, Yeni Jami, Thessaloniki French Institute, Glass Box “Scultures’ Garden” (seefront area), Thessaloniki Concert Hall (building M2)

The main exhibition of the 8 th Thessaloniki Biennial of Contemporary Art aims to think critically about co-existence and collaborative practices as creative tools for handling the multiple crises that we face. Thinking through being as communion, 28 artists via their respective practices touch on various forms of more than human collaborations, with our spectral past and our challenging present, thinking of how we can co-exist with animate life around us, the land that we stand on, the food that we eat and the air that we breathe. “Being as Communion” will focus on inclusive practices that explore different forms of care, love and mutuality, while also proposing generous forms of support systems.Invited artists and artist collectives will explore the human impact on the eco-systems that we share, whilst suggesting forms of more equitable existence, for humanimal survival,

Ten key sites and museums of the city of Thessaloniki will host the exhibition’s works, in dialogue with the city’s layered history, allowing for a polyphonic reading of the exhibition in ten equal parts.

Artists: Jumana Emil Abboud, Campus Novel, Aslı Çavuşoğlu, Thanasis Chondros & Alexandra Katsiani, COYOTE, Cevdet Erek, Baruchello Gianfranco, Phoebe Giannisi, Piero Gilardi, Akira Ikezoe, Vasso Katraki, Jumana Manna, Ahmed Morsi, Hira Nabi, Abraham Onoriode Oghobase , Yiannis Papadopoulos, Alexandra Paperno, Angelo Plessas, Iva Radivojević, Kostas Roussakis, Corinne Silva, Panos Sklavenitis, Sky Hopinka, Agnès Varda, Ana Vaz, Vessel (Navine G. Dossos and James Bridle), Paky Vlassopoulou, Bo Zheng

Curator: Maria-Thalea Karra

 7 th Thessaloniki Performance Festival

May 2023

The land, the relationship with the environment and those that make it up as well as what emerges from this context, act as a file of inspiration and action for the artists who will give with their performances will give a performative dimension to the general theme of Biennale’s “geocultura”.

Curator : Eirini Papakonstantinou

The program will be announced

Special collaborations

The “Peliti” at the 8 th Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art

The 8 th Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art and MOMus support the construction of the “Peliti” Seed Bank, which since 1995 has managed to change the image of Greece in relation to traditional seed varieties. Alongside, the “Peliti” has managed to influence the situation in Bulgaria, in Cyprus, in Turkey, in Europe, in African countries and in recent years it also affects the situation in the USA. The collaboration with “Peliti” will take many different forms, in an effort to strengthen the work of the community.

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Chefs for Zero Hunger and 8 th Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art against hunger

In the same context of valuing and supporting solidarity actions, the 8 th Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art and MOMus collaborate with the autonomous group “Chefs for Zero Hunger”. The group of chefs, who are active in Thessaloniki with the slogan “no one alone, no one hungry” cook with their own resources and without financial consideration for those in need, primarily the unemployed and homeless, with locality, seasonality and tradition as the main axes.


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