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Basim Magdy-Our Shadows Gasped at the Sight of their Own Multiplying Shadows, 2014, installation view.
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State of Concept Athens is the first non-profit institution with a permanent location and a yearly programme, to operate in Greece. Founded in 2013 by art critic and curator iLiana Fokianaki and based in the neighbourhood of Koukaki at the centre of Athens, it is an independent platform aiming to foster the appreciation for local and international contemporary art and the growth of artistic and curatorial practice.

Operating as a bridge between Athens and the international contemporary art scene, its core interest is to bring to the fore artistic practices that question the current social, economic and political phenomena of Europe and beyond, by addressing these thematics from the location of Greece, existing literally and metaphorically on the borders of West and East. Through the last decade the country has been the profound location where new dilemmas, questions and realisations of the current Western condition have sprung. Living still through a financial crisis that has altered its societal fibre, the country remains a unique topos from where we as cultural practitioners can address, the rethinking of the Western canon and the complexities of localities and their socio-political and economic histories.

The institution, since its inception, has been asking questions that relate to the notion of the State and its contemporary condition in the West and beyond, as well as the state of conceptualization of contemporary art and all the nuances it carries. Its exhibitions are formed as chapters that together with the institution itself perform "the State as such", in an effort to address from within an introspection on the functionality and grammar of institutional building, in precarious conditions of peripheral localities.



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iLiana Fokianaki
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