MËMORY — MONUMEИTS
This working group is coordinated by Penelope Papailias. Its members are preparing the Monumentøclasm workshop, which will take place in Fall 2021.
Alexis Fidetzis was born in Athens where he currently resides and works. He studied painting at the Athens School of Fine Arts (ASFA) and the Munich Kunstakademie while he got his MFA at the Pratt Institute in New York City where he focused on research-based artistic practices. He recently completed his second master’s degree on modern Greek history at the School of Philosophy in the University of Athens. He is a doctoral candidate at ASFA.
Fidetzis uses historical research as a means of artistic creation in an effort to diagnose current social, cultural and political issues. He is interested in the institutional management of collective social trauma alongside the ways in which power structures shape our common past. For his work he has been awarded by institutions in Greece and abroad, including the Onassis and Niarchos Foundations, while his work has been presented in group and solo exhibitions in Greece, France, Germany, Switzerland and the USA.
I am a visual artist and PhD Candidate in Anthropology at the University of Thessaly. My artistic practice and academic research explore the role of art in society. The latest years I work on the merge of art and anthropology as potential tool for social change. My research-based artistic results often take the shape of counter- and para-monuments as a form of interventionism. I am mainly interested in researching the notion of the Other, and focus on colonial manners of cultural and socio-political influence in local/peripheral fields, divided memory, gender, social class, collective trauma and the local in relation to the world.
I am a cultural anthropologist interested in nationalism, ethnicity, race, and post-colonial dynamics, with an emphasis on intra-European hierarchies, reproductive care, and Greece. My doctoral project, at Florida International University, examined whether and how the post-1989 mass immigration to Greece challenged the country’s nationalist norms of collective belonging. From 2016 to 2020, I conducted ERC-funded, post-doctoral research on the maternity care of migrants and refugees in Athens. My upcoming research at Panteion University, funded by the Hellenic Foundation for Research and Innovation, will examine the institutional structures and affective relations of care formed with respect to gender-based violence during the Covid-19 pandemic in Greece.
George Mantzios is a PhD candidate in social-cultural anthropology in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Toronto, Canada. He is also an associate program coordinator for the Pelion Summer Laboratory for Cultural Theory and Experimental Humanities (https:// www.pelionsummerlab.net/)
Jenny Marketou is a visual artist based in New York where she teaches at the New School for Social Research. Her research and community embedded art projects such as Undoing Monuments,(2008) How Assemblies Matter (2014) and upcoming Serious Games (2021) which inhabits the historic Mosque Yiali Tzami (1649) in Chania ,Crete. The above projects question art’s autonomy by combining performative actions, discussions,video interviews , forms of organizing and pedagogy as well as decolonial strategies. and aesthetics .Her publications include OrganIzing from Below, (2016), The School of Everything (2017) Perform Interdependency, (2017) More Art for the Public Eye (2019). Marketou’s work has been featured in numerous internationally renowned biennials ,museum and galleries such as the Biennial de Mediterranean 19, San Marino;Parliament of Bodies, Documenta 14; Manifesta, European Biennial; Biennial of Seville; Biennial of Sao Paolo, Brazil,; ZKM Center for Media Arts, Karlsruhe; Museum Tinguely, Basel; Kumu Art Museum, Estonia; Museum Reina Sofia, Madrid; Queens Museum, New York; Krannert Art Museum, Illinois; Apex Art, New York; The National Museum of Contemporary Art (EMST), Athens among others.
Gene Ray is Associate Professor in the CCC Research-based Master Program at HEAD-Genève/Geneva School of Art and Design. He writes about critical theory and the aesthetics of post-1945 and contemporary memory politics. Author of Terror and the Sublime in Art and Critical Theory (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005, 2011), he led the collective research projects The Anthropocene Atlas of Geneva (2016-18; https://head.hesge.ch/taag/en/ ) and All Monuments Must Fall (2021; https://issue-journal.ch/focus-summaries/issue-8-all-monuments-must-fall/ ). He is currently organizing the new project Mutations of the Sublime, Endings of the Holocene. His writings can be accessed online at: https://head.academia.edu/generay.
Olga Touloumi teaches architectural history at Bard College and spends her time thinking and writing about space politics, governing through architecture, the project of internationalism, and media. Her book “The Global Interior” (under contract) examines the United Nations and the design of its platforms for liberal internationalism. Her work has received funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Alexander S. Onassis Foundation, and the Center for Canadian Architecture, among others. She is a feminist by calling, happiest when thinking, writing, teaching, and learning in conversation with others. She is co-founder of the intersectional group Feminist Art and Architecture Collective.
Jilly Traganou is a Professor of Architecture and Urbanism at Parsons School of Design, The New School in New York. Her publications include Design and Political Dissent: Spaces, Visuals, Materialities (Routledge, 2020), Designing the Olympics: Representation, Participation, Contestation (Routledge, 2016); Travel, Space, Architecture, co-edited with Miodrag Mitrasinović (Ashgate, 2009); and The Tokaido Road: Traveling and Representation in Edo and Meiji Japan (Routledge Curzon, 2004). She is co-editor-in-chief of the Design and Culture journal. Her current work focuses on the role of space, maintenance, and materiality in prefigurative politics.
Tom Western is a Lecturer in Social and Cultural Geography at UCL. He works in Athens, where he studies sound, movements, relation, and imagination. Tom is currently writing about an ‘anticolonial Athens’ – placing the city into contested geographies and mobile histories (see his video piece, ‘Παγκόσμια Ηχώ | The World is Echo’, and a radio roundtable with members of Decolonize Hellas, ‘Circular Movements: Imagining an Anticolonial Athens’). Tom is also a member of the Syrian and Greek Youth Forum, with whom he runs the Active Citizens Sound Archive – a space for amplifying citizenship movements, for community mobilising, and collective knowledge production.
Chris Zisis holds a B.A. degree in Philosophy and History of Science (National Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece) and a Master's Degree in the field of Heritage/Museum Studies (European University Viadrina Frankfurt/Oder). He is currently a PhD Candidate at the Institute of Cultural Anthropology, Hamburg University, and since Spring Semester 2017 he has been working as a Lecturer at the department of Social Work, University of Applied Sciences, Kiel, as well at the aforementioned Department in Hamburg. Along with his standard research foci, which intersect fields such as Museum/Heritage Studies, Migration research, Anthropology, critical and anti-racist education, he is equally interested in examining artistic practices and interventions, new social movements, eventually how critical knowledge is produced not only in museum spaces/memory sites, but also in public space, and by/with “bottom-up”, unofficial archives and actors.