Imagined homes

6th Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art, 2017

Polyeco Contemporary Art Initiative supports the 6th Thessaloniki Biennale.

The Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art, first inaugurated in 2007, is organised by the Greek State Museum of Contemporary Art and has assumed the responsibility of bringing together Thessaloniki’s various artistic sectors while simultaneously providing a further international voice to Greece’s artistic scene. Although tested by the current social conditions and the downsizing of available financial resources, the 6th Thessaloniki Biennale is to be executed using the Museum’s own resources –its manpower and collaborative relationships– to take full advantage of the region’s existing cultural capital, as well as the wealth of Thessaloniki’s architectural heritage. The core aspiration of the 6th Biennale is to cultivate a model of co-curation, to diffuse contemporary art throughout the city, and to utilise synergies in Greece and abroad.

Home, as an imagined construct, constitutes the thematic core of the 6th Thessaloniki Biennale. The terms “hearth” (hestía) and “home”, here refer to notions not only of residence, but also of community and homeland, a place where one feels safe and accepted, has one’s roots, and develops the core of one’s social and family relationships. Today, however, for much of the world the above notions are uncertain, with thousands of people obliged to leave their homelands for other, hopefully safer, places. These notions therefore exist only within the imaginary, as constructs, projections and expectations.

Taking today’s increasing immigrant influx as its starting point, the 6th Thessaloniki Biennale focuses on the fluidity and continuous redefinition of the notion of “home”. The topics upon which the research and formation of the artistic, educational, and exhibition programs are based are therefore: the contemporary diaspora; identities; the emerging feelings of familiarity; new practices of assimilation, acceptance, and co-existence that correspond to alternative understandings of gender, religion, family, and community in the widest sense possible.


State Museum of Contemporary Art
21 Kolokotroni St., Moni Lazariston
Stavroupoli, Thessaloniki, Greece
564 30
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Andreas Takis
Vice President
Sophia Kaitatzi-Whitlock
Giota Myrtsioti
Alexandros Baltzis
George Divaris
Aliki Kostaki
Anastasios Nikakis
Lois Papadopoulos
George Tsakiris
Director of SMCA
Maria Tsantsanoglou
Director of the Contemporary Art
Center of Thessaloniki (CACT)
Syrago Tsiara
Director of the Thessaloniki Museum
of Photography (ThMPh)
Hercules Papaioannou

Biennale Director Syrago Tsiara
Head of Αdministrative Services– Project

Athina Ioannou
Curatorial Team
Yannis Bolis
Angeliki Charistou
Domna Gounari
Areti Leopoulou
Thodoris Markoglou
Eirini Papakonstantinou
Evi Papavergou
Katerina Paraskeva
Maria Tsantsanoglou
Syrago Tsiara
Museographic Study Anastasia Valavanidou
Registrar – Artworks Conservator Olga Fota
Electrician – Lighting Supervisor
Kostas Kosmidis
Public Relations – Communication
Chrysa Zarkali
Public Relations Support – Adaptation
of Graphical Applications Cleo Gousiou
Editions Kleoniki Christoforidou
Educational Programs Evi Papavergou
Katerina Paraskeva
Secretary-Volunteering & Internship
Christina Plevritou
Accountants Department
Dora Kaipi
Areti Karavassili
Maria Pournou
SMCA Reception Georgia Lili
CACT Reception Eleni Stergiou
Cleaning Thomay Katrana, Maria Vakou
Promotion Activities Butterfly Ltd
Visual Communication Thomas Ginoudis
Printing – Binding Thessprint S.A.