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Mare Spanoudaki

Mare participated as a Curatorial Fellow for the NOLA/NYC Residency (Spring 2024) . Click here to see Mare’s program.

 

Mare Spanoudaki is a researcher, cultural manager and curator who works in broad arenas that relate to social movements, identity politics, folk and popular culture, institutional critique, communality, intimacy, archives and exhibition histories. Her education includes a BA in Communication, Media and Culture from Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences, an MA in Cultural Policy and Management from City (University of London) and an MRes in Exhibition Studies from Central Saint Martins (University of the Arts London). She has worked for various cultural and art institutions in Europe, is actively involved with the production, communication and organization of cultural events, and has curated community projects, art publications and contemporary art exhibitions in Greece, the UK, and Germany, both online and offline. She is a fellow of the Start – Create Cultural Change program (2017–2018) for her work as a cultural manager, and an awardee of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) Artist Fellowship Program (2019 – 2020) for her curatorial practice. In 2023 she was selected to participate at the UNIDEE residency program ‘Neither on Land not at Sea’ (Module IV) at the Cittadellarte – Fondazione Pistoletto in Biella, Italy. She has contributed to exhibition catalogues, contemporary art journals and art books. Since 2017, she is one half of the two-person female artistic/curatorial synergy, This is not a feminist project, whose work has been presented at the Thessaloniki Concert Hall (Thessaloniki), at the Eleusis European Capital of Culture (Elefsina), at the A-DASH space and at the National Museum of Contemporary Art (EMST) in Athens. She is also a founding member of the Union of Workers in Contemporary Art (GR), an amateur photographer and dj, and a collector of archival material and vinyls.

The conditions that define my approach as a curator, apart from the care for objects or subjects of art, are interdisciplinarity, intersectionality and reflexivity. I am interested in fostering exhibitions that not only function as sites of aesthetic engagement but also of social activation, dialogue and institutional critique. A priority of mine is to reflect on the urgencies of the present sociopolitical landscape in order to reimagine structures that have sustained long-standing exclusions based on gender, race, geography, ethnicity and sexuality. I believe in the disruptive and reparative potential of contemporary art and its capacity to encourage self-determination and togetherness. My practice and research are so far manifested in participatory and collaborative exhibitions and events, interactive digital platforms, social media profiles, and written material. Depending on the respective project, I have worked closely with cultural workers, artists, theorists, activists, communities, vulnerable social groups, and have presented artworks combined with archival material, oral histories as well as customs and rituals associated with my ancestry.”