Critique with students of Poka-Yio's Lab at the Athens School of fine Arts
ARCAthens Visual Art Fellow Cullen Washington Jr signing prints that were made at EPI
Post-presentation at the Goulandris Museum. Photo by Dean Sirigos
Our Mission 

ARCAthens’ mission is to provide opportunity and support to Visual Artists, Curators, and Scholars to further their research to focus on bridging international dialogue, cooperation, and understanding.

Our Vision

We are a non-profit organization dedicated to hosting visual artists and curators from all parts of the world to live and create in Athens, Greece, and the Bronx, New York —thereby facilitating a diverse influx of expression, production, and learning.

Our Values

ARCAthens offers creative platforms for the lively exchange of ideas, values, and the expression of our humanity. We join all the voices denouncing racism, injustice, and inequality; and commit to these values in our programs, our organization’s structure, and our workplace environment.

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UNDER THE  auspices of

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George Negroponte
George Negroponte is Director Emeritus of The Drawing Center, where his involvement has spanned three decades. He was Co-Chairman of The Board (1997-2002) and was appointed the first President of the institution in 2002. Mr. Negroponte is a fundraising consultant to several non-profit organizations in NYC. He has taught painting and drawing at The Studio School, Parsons School of Design, The School of Visual Arts and Princeton University. He has organized several shows and written on many contemporary artists. He studied art at Yale University with Bernard Chaet and William Bailey. Since 1980 he has had 18 one-person shows at numerous galleries: Brooke Alexander Gallery, John Good, Jason McCoy Inc., Kouros Gallery in New York City, and P37 and Skoufa Gallery in Athens, Greece. His work has been included in numerous exhibitions at galleries and museums around the world including The Museum of Modern Art and The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. He has been reviewed by every major art periodical including The New York Times, Artforum, Art in America, The New Yorker, ARTnews and The New Criterion.
Zesty Meyers
Born in Providence, RI, Zesty Meyers is the co-founder of R & Company, the groundbreaking design gallery in New York City that contributed to renewed global interest in collectable design and now-iconic designers such as Verner Panton, Wendell Castle, and Greta Magnusson Grossman. Prior to R & Company, Meyers formed B Team, a radical installation and performance art group that integrated craft, fine art and performance and served as an inspiration for a deeper interaction and dialogue between art forms.
Nina Embiricos

Nina Embiricos is the founder of Olympia Productions that specializes in brand development, management, marketing, and special event planning. Educated at Paris La Sorbonne, l’Ecole du Louvre and UCLA, Nina’s love for art began at a young age. Through her extensive work experience in art and design galleries and institutions like Sotheby’s, Pierre Cornette De Saint Cyr, and Friedman Benda Gallery, Nina continues to be immersed in the arts and has authored articles in international art magazines. Nina has a deep love for, and connection with Greece where she visits yearly and supports the Cycladic Museum as a Young Patron. Nina is also passionate about pastoral living and yogic philosophy. 

Alicia Glekas

Alicia Glekas Everett is an attorney in New York City. She leads the business affairs team for the literary agents at William Morris Endeavor (WME), advising agents on intellectual property matters and contract negotiations on behalf of WME’s clients. Prior, Everett was Acting Associate General Counsel for Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, and Corporate Transactions Counsel at NBC, where she handled corporate legal matters for NBC News and the NBC-affiliated television stations.  Everett began her legal career as a corporate lawyer at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft. Everett graduated from the Georgetown University Law Center, where she was on the American Criminal Law Review. She earned her undergraduate degree in French Literature from the University of Virginia, where she was an Echols Scholar.  She grew up in Washington, DC, where her extended Greek-American family still resides. Everett is passionate about all areas of the arts.

Allison M. Glenn

Allison M. Glenn is the Associate Curator of Contemporary Art at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, where she focuses on public art exhibitions and the Artist Residency program. Prior to working at Crystal Bridges, Glenn was the Manager of Publications and Curatorial Associate for Prospect New Orleans’ international art triennial Prospect.4. Her writing has been featured in numerous exhibition publications, including those produced by The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Prospect New Orleans, the California African American Museum, University at Buffalo Art Galleries, and The Studio Museum in Harlem. She has contributed to HyperallergicART21 MagazinePelican Bomb’s Art Review, and Newcity, amongst others.

Laurie Gunst
Laurie Gunst is a historian, journalist, and author of nonfiction born and raised in Richmond, Virginia. She came of age in an avant-garde coterie of artists, poets, and writers. Her family’s roots in the Jewish South are close to two centuries deep; this rich, contradictory, and often painful legacy has influenced almost everything she has studied and written. After earning her doctorate in history at Harvard in 1982, she moved to Kingston, Jamaica, to teach at the University of the West Indies (Mona) and published “Born Fi’ Dead: A Journey through the Jamaican Posse Underworld,” followed by her second book, “Off-White: A Memoir.” After living in New York City for twenty-five years, she moved in 2012 to Santa Fe, New Mexico, where she teaches writing, works as a volunteer with Community Palliative Care of Northern New Mexico, and is currently co-authoring an anti-racist memoir.
Lola Moore
Lola Moore born in Athens, Greece, moved in NY to pursue her studies in History of Art and Architecture at NYU and later at Parsons. After a short stint at the curatorial department of the Whitney Museum of Art, she went on to run the collection and estate of George Terasaki, legendary dealer of Tribal Art in NY. Her passion for contemporary art though led her to curate shows in institutions like FIAF in NY and creative spaces in the Greek Aegean islands, and by always being in the pulse of the market she put together a vibrant collection of art that keeps on expanding and evolving.
Alexia Valentina Sheinman

Alexia Valentina Sheinman is the Director of Branding and Communications at Pembrooke & Ives, and also the founder of her own interior design practice, Alexia Valentina LLC. Her passion for the arts has led to her involvement in both Concert Artists Guild and Storm King Art Center, and she is a co-founder of Roadmaps Festival, an annual artistic, humanitarian and cultural event that explores a current crisis through film, music, performance and discussion. Alexia was born and raised in New York to a Greek-Cypriot mother and a British father. She studied in Greece, the United Kingdom and New York, graduating with a BSc in Philosophy and Politics from the University of Bristol and an MFA in Interior Design from Parsons The New School for Design. Alexia currently lives in downtown Manhattan and is working on a hotel development in Greece.

Hume Steyer

Hume R. Steyer is a partner at Seward & Kissel LLP and the head of the firm’s Trusts & Estates and Charitable Organizations Group. He has practiced law since 1978. Hume is a member of the boards of the Lucretius Foundation, the Open Space Institute, Storm King Art Center, and the Black Rock Forest Preserve where he is currently the co-Chair of the Black Rock Forest Consortium.

Yerassimos Yannopoulos

Yerassimos Yannopoulos is leading the tax practice of Zepos & Yannopoulos in Athens, Greece. He focuses on tax planning for multi-national personal, active business and investment activities, with a particular emphasis on tax structuring for Greek and non-Greek business owners and investors. He has lectured at the Athens School of Economics on International Tax Law (Post-Graduate program on Taxation) from 2003 to 2011 and is recognized “Leading Individual” by Chambers & Partners Europe and by Legal 500 EMEA. Yerassimos has served on the Greek Advisory Board of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation and also serves on the Board of the Benaki Museum, Athens.

Catherine Burns Tremaine
Honorary Board Member

Catherine Burns Tremaine graduated from the Louise S. McGehee School in 1942, attended Newcomb College for three-and-a-half years, married, and had one son. She later moved to New York City, a move that would lead her to the two true loves of her life — Burton Tremaine, Jr. and modern art. With Burton, Mrs. Tremaine managed their family’s vast art collection and philanthropic foundation. Ms. Tremaine earned her degree in Art History from the University of Massachusetts and lived in two custom-built homes in Hartford, Connecticut before returning to New Orleans where she currently resides and serves on the Boards New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans Symphony, New Orleans Opera, the Ochsner Clinic.

                  In Memoriam                 

William A. Fagaly
Founding Board President of ARCAthens

During his 50-year tenure with New Orleans Museum of Art, Fagaly organized over 90 art exhibitions. As guest curator, he produced a variety of exhibitions for other institutions—including the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, the Contemporary Arts Center of New Orleans, and the Museum of American Folk Art (MAFA) in New York City. In 1976, he co-founded the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans. A founding board member of Prospect New Orleans, Fagaly was also board member of Newcomb Art Museum, the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts high school (NOCCA), Congo Square Preservation Society and A Studio in the Woods, an artists residency program in New Orleans.

Aristides Logothetis
Born in Athens, Aristides is a visual artist who has attended several residencies and exhibited in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Bronx Museum, and Duke University among others. In addition, he has curated several landmark exhibitions; founded and directed Gallery Schmallery in Boston; worked as consultant and instructor in university programs; and founded the Young Artists Placement Program in New York City public schools. Aristides serves on the Board of BronxArtSpace.
Lizzy Alejandro

Lizzy Alejandro is a visual artist from The Bronx. She received her MFA in Digital Media from Lehman College in 2019. Her work explores themes of identity and challenges notions of the status quo.

Alejandro’s work has been exhibited at Fordham University, Taller Boricua Gallery, Lehman College Art Gallery, BronxArtSpace, Andrew Freedman Home, Lincoln Hospital, the Galleries at Krasdale Foods, the Bronx Latin American Art Biennial, Empty Set Gallery, Longwood Art Gallery, El Barrio’s Artspace PS109, RiverFront Art Gallery, Bethany Arts Community, the Photoville 11th Annual Festival, Hopkinton Center for the Arts, and Piano Craft Gallery.

Sesthasak Boonchai

Sesthasak Boonchai is a creative nomad and educator whose work runs the gamut from drawing, painting, time-based media, and installation. He explores the effects of time and distance on how we construct memories. As an educator he has taught at The New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts, University of New Orleans, The School of Visual Arts, Tulane University and Maine College of Art. In addition, he has worked with a number of nonprofits and community groups  and led  workshops centered around visual storytelling. Sesthasak was president of the New Orleans photo Alliance and is based in New Orleans, LA. 

Paola Camba

Originally born in Cuba, Paola Camba is a multi disciplinary artist based in New York. Paola is interested in curation and community building through art programs.

Mohammed Elsayed

Mohammed is a college graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science and a minor in Japanese Language from Hunter College. He is a New York based software engineer that specializes in building and designing websites and web applications. In his free time he likes to build web apps centered around connecting people.

Konstantinos Kotsis

Konstantinos Kotsis is a visual artist who has collaborated from several work positions, with major cultural institutions and organizations in Greece, with Athens Epidaurus Festival and NEON among them. He also gained experience from smaller  organizations and initiatives, and from art education as well. About his artistic practice, Kotsis is elaborating his research in construction. In 2019 he tοοκ part in the SNF Artist Fellowship Program, ARTWORKS. Works of his have been exhibited in several group exhibitions in Greece and abroad.

Maggie Lam
Embodying over fifteen years of experience, Maggie traverses the ever-evolving landscape of mass media from print to web to social. In 2012, seeking to advance integration between multi-media platforms and artists, she co-founded design collective Say&See. Since then, Maggie has concentrated on branding and marketing for companies with growing needs in reaching international targets.
Juanita Lanzo

Juanita Lanzo is a visual artist, educator, and independent curator working in The Bronx.  

Using imagery that alludes to living organisms, and the natural world, Ms. Lanzo reflects on themes of body politics, gender identity, desire, memory, the Caribbean and African Diasporic identity, postcolonialism, and racism. Her works have been included in group exhibitions at WallWorks NYC, Bronx Art Space, Hell Gate Arts, and Longwood Art Gallery @ Hostos, in the Bronx, Aljira Center for Contemporary Art, Newark, New Jersey, Taller Boricua, Clemente Soto Velez’s Cultural Center, Bullet Art Space, and Yi Gallery in NYC, and the University of Puerto Rico Galeria Oller, Museo de Arte e Historia, Galeria Sede del Instituto de Cultura, Museo de Arte de Caguas, and Ateneo Puertorriqueño, San Juan PR.

Ms. Lanzo graduated from City College in NY (MFA 2004–Printmaking and Drawing/Painting) and from the University of Puerto Rico (BFA 1996–Printmaking and Drawing), and currently lives in East Harlem, NY


Eleni Papaioannou

Eleni has studied Cultural Management at Hellenic Open University. Her master’s thesis is on artist residencies specializing in the Athenian context. She has been involved in various cultural projects since 2015 and has collaborated with cultural institutions such as Neon Organization, Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, and documenta14. Eleni currently lives and works in Athens.

Earnie Polanco

A native New Yorker, born in the Bronx, Earnie hopes to be a curator in the future. In May 2018, Earnie graduated from Bronx Community College and is now attending Hunter College.

Yorgo Alexopoulos

Yorgo Alexopoulos creates time-based media artworks, paintings, and installations. He has presented solo exhibitions at Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery, New York, Cristin Tierney, New York, and most recently at the Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA. Permanent public installations include in the Langham Hotel, Chicago, originally designed by Mies van der Rohe for IBM, the Cosmopolitan Hotel’s lobby in Las Vegas (both commissioned by Art Production Fund); and in the sky-lobby of the Norman Foster-designed Bow Building in Calgary, Canada. Based in Los Angeles, Alexopoulos is a graduate of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and spends his time between Los Angeles, New York, and Athens.

Chryssa Avrami

Cultural producer Chryssa Avrami has worked in numerous projects for theater, cinema, and television. Avrami was responsible for Public Relations at the Ministry of Culture and Sport for the Athens 2004 Olympic Games. She was a founding member of the Sinthesis Media Company organizing cultural events, social actions and educational programs through the production and public promotion of major events in Greece. Avrami is also producer and presenter at “Hellenic Public Radio Cosmosfm 91.5” in New York City.

Pedro Barbeito
Pedro Barbeito has exhibited his work internationally for the past 17 years. Solo exhibition venues include Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Lehmann Maupin Gallery in New York, Parra-Romero Gallery in Madrid, 101/Exhibit in LA, and Galerie Richard in Paris. He has participated in group exhibits at the Rose Art Museum, the Museum of Modern Art in Arnhem, The Netherlands, The Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art, the Museo Rufino Tamayo in Mexico City, Salon 94 Gallery in NY, ACME Gallery in LA and Whitechapel Gallery in London among others. His work is in major collections through the world. Barbeito is currently an Assistant Professor of Art at Lafayette College where he is also the Director of the Experimental Printmaking Institute.
Marina Fokidis

Marina Fokidis is a curator, writer, lecturer and institution-maker based in Athens, Greece. She founded the independent space Kunsthalle Athena, and South as a State of Mind, a biannual arts and culture journal. Fokidis was one of the curators of the 1st Tirana Biennial (2001), the commissionaire and the curator for the Greek Pavilion of the 50th Biennale di Venezia, co-curator of the 3rd Thessaloniki Biennial, and a part of the core team for documenta 14 (2017). She is currently the 2021 program curator for Engine of Art Democracy and Justice in Vanderbilt University, and an advisor at large for the educational and research program for Salzburg International Summer Academy for Fine Arts. Fokidis has been a juror for the Furla Award, the Deste Prize, the Bes Revelaco /Serralves Museum award, the Videobrasil 2017, the Preis der Nationalgalerie 2017 and the competition for the Holocaust Monument in Athens among others. She is also part of the editorial board and a regular editor of Flash Art Magazine.

Kate Gilmore
Kate Gilmore has participated in the 2010 Whitney Biennial and the 2011 Moscow Biennial, in addition to solo exhibitions at institutions such as The Everson Museum, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, MoCA Cleveland, and Public Art Fund. She has been the recipient of ArtPrize’s Art Juried Award, the Rauschenberg Residency Award, and the Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome, among others. Her work is in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, Brooklyn Museum, Whitney Museum of American Art, Museum of Fine Arts, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, among others. Gilmore is an Associate Professor of Art and Design at Purchase College, SUNY, Purchase, NY.
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Sozita Goudouna

Dr. Sozita Goudouna is a curator, adjunct professor at CUNY and the author of “Beckett’s Breath,” published by Edinburgh University Press released in the US by Oxford University Press. She is head of operations at Raymond Pettibon Studio and she is producing a multi-media project on Raymond Pettibon at the New Museum for Performa Biennial Consortium 2019. Sozita has taught at New York University as the inaugural Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial fellow at Performa NY and has curated projects for Documenta 14, Onassis Foundation NYC, EMST among other institutions and museums. She served as the director of the European funded Art Residency in Athens and curated solo exhibitions by Lynda Benglis, Martin Creed, Santiago Sierra, Marina Abramovic among other artists. She holds a PhD from the University of London and has studied Visual Arts, Philosophy, Theatre, Directing in London [BA, MA Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA) & Kings College London]. She was elected as Treasurer of the Board of Directors at International Association of Art Critics AICA Hellas and as Member of the Board of Directors at the Hellenic Centre of the International Theatre Institute Unesco.

Christine Licata

Christine Licata is an Independent Curator, Arts Advocate and Consultant. She has served as the Executive Director at No Longer Empty, Director of Community and Public Programs at The Bronx Museum, Director of Performing and Visual Arts at Casita Maria Center for Arts and Education, Associate Director of Visual Arts at the Boston Center for the Arts, and Chief Curator at Taller Boricua Galleries in Spanish Harlem.  As an Art Writer and Critic, she has been published in exhibition and artist catalogs as well as written for Artlog, Degree Critical, PERFORMA 07 and Art on Paper. She has a BFA from Parsons/The New School for Design and an MFA in Art Criticism and Writing from the School of Visual Arts. She is an active Board Member of The Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center and The Literary Freedom Project as well as The Community Advisory Council and Steering Committee for El Museo del Barrio.

Toula Livanos

Born and raised in New York City, Toula Livanos received her multiple Masters from NYU in Marketing, Fashion Institute of Technology in Buying & Merchandising, and St. John’s University in Real Estate. Toula works with Navios Maritime as Liaising for CEO/BOD, and Sotheby’s as Account Manager-Liaising for collectors & collectible departments. Toula’s love for art and collecting has led her to serve several nonprofits, including The Hellenic Initiative, spearheading the THI Online Auction, Tanenbaum on their Gala Committee, as well as the Drawing Center’s Gala Committee/Young Adults Group. Toula is currently serving on the Board of the Hellenic American Chamber of Commerce and the Hellenic-American Cultural Foundation.

Lydia Matthews

Lydia Matthews is a Brooklyn and Athens-based curator, writer, educator, and founding director of the Curatorial Design Research Lab at Parsons School of Design, which spans various colleges across The New School in New York City. A dual citizen of the US and Greece, she trained in contemporary modern art history at University of California, Berkeley and University of London’s Courtauld Institute, and has held academic positions in New York, San Francisco, and at the University of Thessaly in Volos, Greece, where she co-taught as a Fulbright Scholar with Maria Papadimitriou and Giorgos Tzirtzilakis. Her work explores how contemporary artists, artisans and designers foster critical democratic debates and intimate community interactions in the public sphere, often in response to a variety of urgent global and local conditions in their daily lives. Matthews’s essays have appeared in numerous journals, books and exhibition catalogs, and she has lectured internationally on socially-engaged art, craft and design practices, and has realized over a dozen projects in the Post-Soviet region.

Anthony D. Meyers

Anthony D. Meyers brings over 20 years of expertise in grants management, program management and evaluation, fund development, advocacy, and audience development. He is currently an Arts Program Specialist with the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and has served as an arts administrator for a number of nonprofit cultural organizations across the New York tri-state area. He started Leading ChangeMakers in 2018, a social venture that utilizes education and interventions to achieve racial equity in nonprofit arts leadership and establish a more inclusive cultural sector. Anthony is currently completing an M.S. degree in Organizational Change Management and post-masters Certificate in Leadership and Change at The New School.

Kalliopi Minioudaki
Kalliopi Minioudaki is an art historian who works as independent scholar, critic and curator in New York and Athens. She holds a PhD from the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU and her writings have appeared in several publications and exhibition catalogues including the Rose Art Museum, the Tate Modern, and the Grand Palais. Recent projects include the exhibition and catalogue Carolee Schneemann: Infinity Kisses,The Merchant House, Amsterdam. She was also co-curator of the international video art surveys at Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, Athens 2015 and 2016, as well as the performance art program at Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, 2017.
Iris Plaitakis

Iris Plaitakis is a visual artist working in textiles with over two decades of experience in the arts non-profit sector. She has worked in museum education at the Tate Gallery, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Acropolis Museum and the Ilias Lalaounis Jewelry Museum. Since 2009 she has also taught art history onsite for US university study abroad programs in Greece. She was a founding member of the Athens-based non-profit Lo and Behold, an artist-run platform for contemporary art activities. Iris studied at Tufts University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and also holds an M.Phil in Classical Archaeology from the University of Oxford. She has been an artist in residence at the Textile Arts Center in Brooklyn, NY. Iris served as Assistant Director of ARCAthens from its inception until 2022. 

Georgia Siampalioti
Georgia Siampalioti has worked in philanthropy and cultural programs/events planning for over 20 years in New York, São Paulo and Athens. Major arts organizations she has worked with include New York City Ballet, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Guggenheim Museum, the American Symphony Orchestra and the Foundation for Hellenic Culture. During her diverse positions, she was charged with raising funds and creating the corresponding giving & stewardship programs. Upon her graduation from the University of Athens with a BA in Archaeology and Art History, she pursued graduate studies at the Arts Administration Program of Columbia University.
Mina Stone
Mina Stone is the author of Cooking for Artists, and Lemon Love & Olive Oil – as well as a career chef. For years she cooked delicious lunches at Urs Fischer’s Brooklyn-based art studio as well as gallery dinners for New York’s art world. In 2019 she opened her own restaurant, Mina’s, housed within MoMA’s PS1 in Long Island City, Queens.
Hakan Topal

Hakan Topal is an artist living and working in Brooklyn. He co-founded xurban_collective (2000-12) and exhibited extensively in institutions such as the 8th and 9th Istanbul Biennials; apexart, New York; Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary (TBA21), Vienna; Kunst-Werke, Berlin; ZKM Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe; MoMA PS1; Platform, Istanbul, the 9th Gwangju Biennial and ICP Museum, New York. Topal represented Turkey in various international exhibitions including the 49th Venice Biennial Turkish Pavilion. He is currently an Assistant Professor of New Media and Art + Design at Purchase College, SUNY.

Jannis Varelas

Jannis Varelas lives and works between Athens, Los Angeles and Vienna and is a graduate of the Royal College of Art in London, and the Athens School of Fine Arts. Selected solo shows include: Gallery Krinzinger, Vienna, The Breeder, Athens, Contemporary Arts Center of Cincinnati, and Kunsthalle Athena, among others. He has exhibited in group shows in the  DESTE Foundation, Benaki Museum, Saatchi Gallery, Palais de Tokyo, the New Museum,  Kunsthalle Wien, and the New Orleans Biennial Prospect 1, among others. His work can be found in the Saatchi Collection, London; the Dakis Joannou Collection, Athens; the Zabludowicz Collection, London; The Onassis Foundation Collection, New York and The Hort Family Collection, New York.

ARC Athens, Inc.
217 E 70th St, #801
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ARC Athens Inc. is a New York charitable corporation, exempt from taxation under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Donations are fully tax-deductible as allowed by law. 

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