Paris Legakis is a multidisciplinary artist, activist and theorist, born in 1981, Athens. In his work, Paris researches how art can be beneficial for the society and influential to politics. He has travelled to many different places worldwide conducting field researches and experimenting with different art practices of social engagement that aim to reveal different perspectives of everyday life and foster the idea of social change. His love for movement and contemporary dance that he exercises for several years has given him a rich vocabulary on performance making. Meditation is fundamental in his life and many times he incorporates it to his projects. His research interests focus on memory and emotions as mobilizing forces, geopolitical and social borders as areas for intervention, language and translation as processes of communication.
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).