asfaBBQ 2017 / curatorial team
Vassilis Vlastaras, Artistic Director of asfaBBQ. He is a visual artist and Associate Professor at the Athens School of Fine Arts. Lives and works in Athens, Greece. He creates large-scale site-specific installations and he experiments with various media in painting, drawing, photography, video, real time video and sound performances and computer interactive installations. His artistic practice examines the relationship between artwork and urban space, the notion of the ephemeral, and the interrelation between spatial movement, material and sound. Currently his work investigates the personal and social implications of loss, oblivion, history, memory and the subsequent acts of remembrance/ memorialization and the relationships between the appetite for life and the frenzy of death. He has taken part in many exhibition projects, solo and group shows in Greece and abroad.
Georgios Papadopoulos, PhD, producer of the festival, curator of the theory program and the parallel projects. Papadopoulos combines economics and philosophical analysis with an exploratory artistic practice. His research gravitates around money and its socioeconomic functions. Between 2008 and 2009 he was Researcher at the Theory Department of the Jan Van Eyck Academy in Maastricht and in 2012 he received the Vilém Flusser Award for Artistic Research by the transmediale festival and the University of the Arts (UdK) in Berlin. He has published many articles on Economics, Artistic Research, and Philosophy and two books; Notes Towards A Critique of Money, 2011 and Grexit, 2012.
Haris Hlorou co-producer of the festival is a cultural manager, working on the production and communication. She starts her career in the Contemporary Art Center of Larissa, under the direction of Roula Palanta. In 2007 she went to Madrid to complete her studies, in the Universities of Complutense and Autónoma and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia. Finally she lived and worked there during 10 years. In this period she collaborates with many artists, cultural centers and institutions, publics and privates, such as Medialab-Prado and CentroCentro of the city hall of Madrid. Her interests are always focused on the contemporary art and the radical projects. Actually she lives and works in Athens.