Daphne Vitali in conversation with Eirini Avramopoulou and Alkisti Efthymiou on the occasion of the exhibition When the Present is History


Eirini Avramopoulou, Alkisti Efthymiou and Daphne Vitali



Eirini Avramopoulou is an Assistant Professor of Social Anthropology at Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences. Her research interests focus on gender, sexuality, human rights and social movements in Turkey, as well as on feminist and psychoanalytic approaches to refugeeness, space, memory, displacement and trauma. She has edited the following edited volumes: Porno-graphics and Porno-tactics: Desire, Affect and Representation in Pornography (ed. with Irene Peano, 2016, Punctum Books) and Affect in politics. Subjectivities, powers, inequalities in the contemporary world (in Greek, ed., Nisos, 2018). Her texts have been published in many collective volumes and scientific journals.

Alkisti Efthymiou is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Social Anthropology at Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences (Athens, Greece). Closely engaging with works of feminist/queer film, her thesis focuses on the cultural politics of intimacy and the critical state of love under late capitalism. Her research interests revolve around the intersections of gender, sexuality, art, and affect. Her most recent publications include papers in the academic journals feministiqá, Identities, and Journal for Greek Media and Culture. Her research work is supported by the Hellenic Foundation for Research and Innovation (HFRI) under the HFRI PhD Fellowship grant (Fellowship Number: 217).

Daphne Vitali is a Greek/Italian art historian and Curator at the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens (EMST), where she has curated numerous group and solo exhibitions as well as new commissions of Greek and international artists. Among other institutions, she has also been invited to curate exhibitions at Depo, Istanbul; Galleria Nazionale d’ Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Rome; Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki; and Quarter Centro Produzione Arte, Florence. She recently curated the exhibition When the Present is History at Depo, Istanbul, in the framework of the 16th Istanbul biennial, which travels to Momus – Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki in October 2020, as well as the sound project Deeper than Silence, a series of sound works on the themes of silence and pause, presented at the archaeological site of the Roman Agora in Athens in September 2020.