Xenia Kalpaktsoglou

Xenia Kalpaktsoglou is a curator and member of the XYZ curatorial trio. In 2005, together with Poka-Yio (Polydoros Karyofyllis) and Augustine Zenakos, she founded the Athens Biennale, which she co-directs. She has curated solo and group exhibitions of Greek and foreign artists and she has recommended several Greek artists to participate in international exhibitions, such as the 1st Prague Biennale (2003), the “Mediterranean Dialogues” (Saint Tropez, 2006 & 2007), the Protonic Moment (Ljubliana, 2007), the Lyon Biennale (2007, as XYZ) and the Istanbul Biennale (2007, as XYZ). Furthermore, she participates in artist selection committees in Greece and abroad: MAK: Center Artists and Architects in Residence Program (Vienna/Los Angeles, 2008), Photo-academy: Month of Photography Exhibition of the Year Award (Ljubljana, 2008), DESTE Prize Selection Committee (Italy, 2009) etc. She often collaborates with art magazines in Greece and abroad, she writes artists’ catalogues and she contributes to publications concerning artistic projects, like Old News, Charley etc. In 2008 she was selected by the Frankfurter Kunstverein (together with the art critic and curator Christoforos Marinos) for the Deutsche Börse Curatorial Residency Program. From 2006 to 2008, she was the director of the DESTE Foundation – Contemporary Art Centre. Since 2008 she has been a member of the International Association of Curators of Contemporary Art (IKT).