Contemporary art in Greece weaves folk traditions, ancient heritage, rootedness to the land and sea, mythology, violence, wars, and connections between the east and the west.

Join SFAI Executive Director Jamie Blosser and SFAI alumni, Dafni Kalafati and Alex Simopoulos, as we navigate the urban landscape of Athens through the eyes of local artists, and ways in which art in public space is responding to Greece’s shifting socio-cultural, economic, and political landscape.

Trip Dates

Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020 – Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020

Details to Be Announced

Trip Highlights

Your 7-day curated experience in one of the most vibrant art communities of Europe will include:

  • A meal and discussion with an historian and expert on Greece, European Union governance and human rights, and site visit with program founders of  “Curing the Limbo”, a program managed by the municipality of Athens using innovative approaches to refugee integration;
  • Architecture and urban art walks focused on contemporary and historical public space, including a guided scholar visit to the Acropolis Temple and Acropolis Museum;
  • A communal meal and learning about the “Radical Praxis of Communion” and other artist-led programming at Souzy Tros Art and Community Center, Enterprise Projects, and KEIV Space;
  • A visit to Eleusis, the 2021 European Capital of Culture, to learn about Greek art and culture as a driver for social and economic development by meeting the artistic team of the Synikismos Festival; and
  • Intimate studio and museum visits throughout the week to understand the history of street art and curatorial/ artistic responses to socio-political issues, including the Alibi Gallery, the 2020 ARTWORKS fellows, and the Museum of Cycladic Art.

About the Artists

Dafni Kalafati

Dafni Kalafati, 2018 Greece Fulbright Fellow, is a freelance documentary filmmaker, photographer and art therapist, based in Athens, Greece. She studied intercultural education and photography, and received a Master’s degree in art therapy, in the school of Fine Arts of Buenos Aires, in Argentina. She has worked for several years as an art therapist, and has travelled to some of the most remote parts of the planet filming documentaries and teaching photography and art. Dafni lives in Athens where she facilitates art therapy and participatory video workshops. She founded the AMAKA, an NGO which provides social assistance to marginalized communities using art.

Alexandros Simopoulos

Alexandros Simopoulos, 2019 Greece Fulbright Fellow, is a multi-disciplinary artist and illustrator. He studied international relations and humanitarian law at Panteion University in Athens, and received an MA in Visual Arts and Illustration with a scholarship from the University of the Arts London. He has worked with NGO’s, galleries and cultural institutions in Greece and abroad. Alexandros is at the forefront of the Greek urban art scene and has painted murals in various countries, from Spain and Germany, to Greenland and India. He has had solo exhibits in Athens, London and Malta as well as group shows in the UK, Mexico, Spain, USA and Greenland. In 2018, Alexandros received the SNF Artist Fellowship Program and the Fulbright – SFAI Artist Residency Award.