Thursday, June 30, 2022, 5 pm
Art Activism

Online discussion with Marco Baravalle (researcher, curator, activist, Venice), iLiana Fokianaki (curator and author, Athens), and Oliver Ressler (artist, Vienna), moderated by Ameli M. Klein (curator and researcher, Venice and Graz).
In English

On the occasion of Oliver Ressler’s solo exhibition Barricading the Ice Sheets at Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (n.b.k.), Marco Baravalle, iLiana Fokianaki, Oliver Ressler and Ameli M. Klein discuss artistic forms of resistance in the face of the climate crisis. Taking Ressler’s methods as an example, the discussion unravels how artists’ involvement in social movements has developed over the past decades, the modus operandi of activism within the realm of art, and how artists become protagonists of protest movements.


Marco Baravalle (*1979 in Venice) is a member of S.a.L.E. Docks, a collective and project space for art, activism, and experimental theater founded in 2007 at a former salt warehouse in Venice. He is a member of the Institute of Radical Imagination (IRI), which aims to define and implement postcapitalist ways of life. From 2018 to 2022, Baravalle was a research associate for the project “INCOMMON. In praise of community: shared creativity in arts and politics in Italy (1959–1979),” sponsored by Università Iuav di Venezia. Baravalle is the author of
L’autunno caldo del curatore: arte, neoliberismo, pandemia [The curator’s hot autumn: art, neoliberalism, pandemic] (Venice: Marsilio, 2021). In 2021, he was a fellow of the Fulbright Visiting Student Researcher Program at CUNY Graduate Center New York.

Ameli M. Klein (*1993 in Eckernförde) is an independent curator and researcher. She is a guest lecturer at the Institute of Contemporary Art at the Graz University of Technology and at the Roaming Academy of the Dutch Art Institute, Arnhem / Netherlands. She has received fellowships from Dartmouth College, Hanover / USA (2016-2017) and Cornell University, Ithaca / USA (2018-19), among others, and was a Fellow of the Engagement Program for International Curators of the Association of Art Museum Curators, New York (2021). In 2021 Klein was invited to the German Study Center in Venice as part of the collaborative project
Anthropocene Campus of the Haus der Kulturen der Welt and the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin. Klein is co-founder of the collective Collective Rewilding.

iLiana Fokianaki (*1980 in Thessaloniki) works as a curator, writer, and theorist in Rotterdam and Athens. She studied Fine Arts at Oxford Brookes University and Arts Criticism and Management at City University in London. In 2013, she founded State of Concept Athens, a nonprofit exhibition space. There she curated solo exhibitions by Kader Attia (2021), Sanja Iveković (2019), Laure Prouvost (2016), and Jonas Staal (2016), among others. Her project,
The Bureau of Care (2020–2022), received the European Cultural Foundation Solidarity Grant. Fokianaki has developed lecture series for various institutions, including Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam, and regularly publishes in journals such as e-flux and frieze. She is currently researching her PhD on identity and politics at the Panteion University of Athens, together with Athena Athanasiou.