Iliana Fokianaki is an art critic and curator. She has studied in London and read for an MA at City University London (Arts Criticism and Management). She lived in London until 2005, where she worked for institutions and commercial galleries. Since 2005, she is based in Athens.
Apart from extensively writing on Greek contemporary culture she has curated exhibitions for private galleries, and museums as well as private initiatives such as REMAP KM. She has presented exhibitions with works by Dan Perjovschi, Pravdoliuv Ivanov, Ryan McGinley, Gregory Crewdson, Keren Cytter, Doug Fishbone, Anahita Razmi, Filipa Cesar, Basim Magdy and many others as well as greek artists Kostis Velonis, Angelo Plessas, Aliki Panagiotopoulou a.o.
Her main project is the creation of State of Concept, the first non-profit gallery based in Athens, that promotes young Greek and international artists through solo exhibitions, as well as providing art students with free consultation in order to further their studies and develop their projects. It has been operating through exhibitions since May 2013. It inaugurated its new space in the centre of Athens in January 2014 and is exhibiting groundbreaking international art since.
Iliana is a contributing author of the book The International Art Markets published by Kogan Page (London, New York, 2009), has lectured on contemporary art locally and in Europe and is a member of IKT, the International Association of Curators of Contemporary Art.