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11741 ATHENS
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Non-Governmental Organization
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General Information: 

The organisation consists of the founder and director, the gallery manager and 2-3 interns and placement students that assist to day-to-day operations. We are all working part-time and voluntatrily, aka without pay. 

We operate with a budget of 10.000 euros per year for operational costs and 10.000 to 20.000 euros per uear for each project (production costs). We are mainly receiving grants from institutional bodies of cultural foundations, or state funding bodies of other countries, depending on our projects. 

Apart from bringing ground-breaking artists to the greek audience we provide free student consultation for art students and graduates on a weekly basis. 

Main partners so far: Mondriaan Fonds, Prohelvetia, Institut Francais Athenes, British Council, Outset Britain, Outset Greece, Henry Moore Foundation, Israeli Embassy Athens, Artis Foundation, MoBY Museum of Bat Yam Tel Aviv, Are institute Prague etc.

Mission and Objectives: 

State of Concept is the first non-profit gallery in Greece. It was founded in 2013 by art critic and curator Iliana Fokianaki and is based in Athens.

State of Concept is an independent platform operating as a gallery with a yearly programme, that aims to be a bridge between Athens and the international contemporary art scene. With its main aim being to introduce international artists that are not widely known and easily accessible to Greek audiences as well as to showcase one Greek artist through a solo exhibition, it hosts four exhibitions per year: one solo exhibition of a Greek artist, two solo exhibitions of international artists and one group exhibition curated by an international invited curator. Parallel to its exhibition programme, State of Concept organises a variety of events and projects including talks, screenings and workshops for children.

Apart from its exhibitions and events, State of Concept is operating as a space for free artist consultation, where young students and graduates of Greek art schools can receive feedback, guidance and help in order to further their work, enhance their portfolio and CV, and decide their next artistic steps.

Main Projects / Activities: 

State of Concept since its inauguration in 2013 has organised exhibitions for free for the general public presenting artists with a highly acclaimed international career. Basim Magdy (2014) Deutche Bank artist of the year for 2016, with exhibitions in MOMA NY amongst others. Keren Cytter, with solo shows in the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art, Guggenheim New York, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Venice Biennial a.o. Laure Prouvost, winner of TATE's Turner Prize 2013,and Max Mara prize for women 2012, with solo shows in New Museum New York, Whitechapel Gallery London, amongst others. 

Apart from our exhibitions that bring groundbreaking international artists to the greek audiences, we organise free educational seminars and tutorials for artists and art students, assisting so far more than 200 people since 2014. 

How can you contribute to the Network in your country?: 

Our ground knowledge of contemporary art, together with our interest in interdisciplinary projects that involve education, collectivity, and social issues, will be a wonderful addition to the institutions that comprise the Greek component of the Anna Lindh foundation. 


Why do you want to join the ALF Network?: 

We believe it will be extremely beneficial for us to join the foundation since we will be able to broaden our dialogue with institutions throughout Europe, as well as strengthen links on our local scene. Furthermore, ALF will enable us to open up our horizons, give ideas on how to widen our activities and create opportunities for new projects and collaborations.