Thessaloniki Performance Festival

19/09/2011 - 25/09/2011
Various venues

Curator & coordinator: Eirini Papakonstantinou (SMCA)


The Performance Festival constitutes an international meeting of this rather radical and unconventional artistic practice within the framework of the 3rd Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art. As in its emergence, in May 2009, the Festival will focus utterly on the art of performance, aiming at evolving into a meeting place and an interactive platform of Greek and foreign artists that search for the ultimate value of the human body, in terms of its form and content, and set off the social-political dimension of this particular expression of art. The aim of the Festival is to collect and to present all the heterogeneous elements that make up performance art and to portray all the possible dimensions for a thorough exploration of all the pertinent aspects, meanings and ideas. Alongside the live performances, the festival will encompass lectures, masterclasses, screenings, workshops, concerts, tributes and an exhibition, in an attempt to approach the meaning, the history and the development of performance in Greece and abroad.

The French avant-garde artist ORLAN will be the Guest of Honour of the Performance Festival. Screenings of historical performances will be included as well as a presentation of her work, through a discussion with the 3rd Thessaloniki Biennale Director, Katerina Koskina.

The Festival will take place in various places in the city, indoors and outdoors, and will offer to the broader public the opportunity of communication and interaction.

Artists: Efi Birba & Aris Servetalis (Greece), Nezaket Ekici (Turkey), Regina José Galindo (Guatemala), Evi Georgi (Greece). Christina Georgiou (Cyprus), Silvio De Gracia (Argentina), HOPE (Greece), Mikhail Karikis (Greece), Alastair MacLennan (N.Ireland), Mohammad [Nikos Veliotis, Coti K. ILIOS](Greece), Liza Morozova (Russia), Kira O’ Reilly (U.K.), Luigi Presicce (Italy), Georgia Sagri (Greece), Wafaa Yasin (Palestine).  

Special Tribute to: Theodoros


  • Alastair Mac Lennan
    In 1997 Alastair MacLennan represented Ireland at the Venice Biennale, with inter-media work commemorating the names of all those who died as a result of the Political Troubles in Northern Ireland, from 1969 to date. During the 1970's and '80's he made (some) long, non-stop durational performances in Britain, America and Canada, of up to 144...
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  • Christina Georgiou
    Christina Georgiou was born in Nicosia, Cyprus in 1983. She is a visual, performance and voice artist. After her studies in Musicology between 2003 - 2004 at the University of Pavia in Cremona, Italy, she studied at Kingston University London and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2007. During 2009 - 2011 she studied at the Theatre...
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  • Effie Birba & Aris Servetalis
  • Evi Tzortzi
  • Georgia Sagri
    Born in Athens, Greece in 1979 Lives and works in New York, USA 2006-08            MFA Columbia University, New York, US 1997-02        ...
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  • HOPE
    Born in Athens Lives and works in Athens Solo shows 2011 The Breeder @ ReMap 3, Athens I Want To Hear New War, XYZ Outlet, Athens 2010 Mountain/ HOPE, Kunsthalle Athena, Athens Building The House of Phoenix, installation...
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  • Kira O' Reily
    Kira O’Reilly is a UK based artist; her practice, both wilfully interdisciplinary and entirely undisciplined, stems from a visual art background; it employs performance, biotechnical practices and writing with which to consider speculative reconfigurations around The Body .   Since graduating from the University...
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  • Liza Morozova
      1973 - born in Moscow. 1994-2000 - International School of the Theater of Synthesis and Animation INTERSTUDIO, workshop of Paratheatrical Forms, branch of the Saint-Peterburgian State Academy of Theatrical Arts (Tsarskoye Selo). 1999 - student of the course "New Art...
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  • Luigi Presicce
    Luigi Presicce is born in Porto Cesareo (Lecce, Italy) in 1976. He lives and works in Milan and Porto Cesareo.   Solo shows 2011 La benedizione dei pavoni , Teatro Comunale, Novoli (Lecce), Italy 2010 ...
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  • MOHAMMAD (Nikos Veliotis, Coti K., ILIOS)
  • Mikhail Karikis
    Mikhail Karikis is a Greek-born, London-based interdisciplinary artist. Forthcoming projects include the Danish Pavilion at the 54 th Venice Biennale, and commissions for Barbican Art Centre and Royal Opera House. Recent solo projects include XENON: an exploded opera , Galleria Civica di Modena, Italy,...
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  • Nezaket Ekici
    Nezaket Ekici was born 1970 in Kirsehir/ Turkey. She lives in Germany since 1973,  From 1994-200 she study Art Pedagogy, Art History, Sculpture at Ludwig-Maximilians-University and Fine Arts Academy Munich and got her Degree in M.A. in Art Pedagogy. From 2001-2004 she study Performance Art by Prof. Dr. Marina...
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  • Regina Jose Galindo
    Regina José Galindo (1974) Born and live in Guatemala City.   “My body not as an individual body but as a social body, a collective body, a global body. To be or to reflect through me the experience of the other; because we are all ourselves and at the same time we are others. A body that makes...
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  • Silvio De Gracia
    Silvio De Gracia was born on the 15 November 1973 in Junín, Buenos Aires, Argentina. He is writer, visual artist, performer, theoretical and independent curator. He works in performance, video, public art, installation, mail art and visual poetry. His theory production includes articles and essays that have been published in...
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  • Theodoros
  • Wafaa Yasin
    I was born in Galilee Palestine. Between the years of 2004-2008 I was awarded artist residencies in Italy, France, Turkey, and Germany. In 2009 was awarded the Murphy Cadagan Fellowship, including an exhibition at the Arts Commission Gallery in San Francisco. In 2008-2010 I received a full tuition scholarship for my MFA in...
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Untitled (12th Istanbul Biennial), 2011 Biennale de Lyon