Research presentation and discussion with the audience
Thursday 19/5, 18.00-20.00 (in Greek)
Shortly before the end of the first episode of Waste/d Pavilion, State of Concept Athens and Temporary Academy of Arts invite you to a research presentation and open discussion entitled 'Claiming a Museum of Contemporary Art" with Tina Pandi, Marina Markellou and their guests Marianna Strapatsaki and Esther Solomon.
In Greece, the first steps for the establishment and operation of a state museum of contemporary art are traced back to the mid-1970s, within a dynamic field of artistic and cultural fermentation and institutional process.
What kind of museum of contemporary art was desired by artists and other professionals in the field of art? What artistic initiatives and narratives emerged? What kind of institutional discourses were developed? The presentation focuses on examples of attempts for the establishment of a state museum of contemporary art in the country in 1976, to the establishment of the National Museum of Contemporary Art (EMST) in 1997.
The aim is to highlight different episodes: the artistic and institutional initiatives that took place around the establishment, the operation and role of a museum of contemporary art, as well as to explore the relations with broader issues of institution building in the Greek field. From the artistic claim for a "museum-living organism" in the first years of the post-dictatorship period, to the museum network of the architect Mit Mitropoulos, the presentation will attempt a critical framework of forgotten and less prominent views of the museum of contemporary art.
What are the main axes of cultural and political processes for the establishment of a museum of contemporary art in Greece, what is the institutional and legal framework for the operation of museums of contemporary art, are some of the questions that arise, which address a number of critical issues concerning the real and imaginary process of "instituting". An opportunity to activate in the present abject, surplus, omitted, waste / d narratives.
Pandi and Markellou will present their research on which their guests will respond and then there will be an open discussion with the audience.
Dr. Marina Markellou is a lawyer specialized in Intellectual Property Law. After completing her studies at the School of Law of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and receiving a MASTER 2 Spécialité Créations Immatérielles at the Université Montpellier I, France, in Intellectual Property, she continued at the same university with a PhD thesis entitled: "The Copyright Contracts under French, German and Greek law," as a scholarship holder of the State Scholarships Foundation. She subsequently completed a post-doctoral thesis at the Law Department, Université de Poitiers, France on artistic appropriation. During the last decade she is or has been a lecturer at the Ionian University, the Panteion University, the Hellenic Open University, the University of Nicosia, and the Open University of Cyprus, teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate level intellectual property law, cultural heritage law and business law.
Tina Pandi is an art historian and curator. She holds a PhD in Art History from the Université Paris Nanterre. Her doctoral thesis focuses on approaches to the system of artistic practice and in particular the medium of drawing during the period 1965-1975. Since 2006 she has been working as a curator at the Department of Painting and Three-Dimensional Works of the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Athens, engaging in writing, research and curatorial work. She has curated numerous monographic, retrospective and group exhibitions of historical and contemporary artists. In 2021 she worked at the University of Thessaly where she taught a course on curatorial practices. Her texts have been published in international journals and numerous catalogs and she has presented her research at international conferences and public programs.