She first had the idea of opening a non profit gallery in 2008, but it took her a while to start working on it, because she was unsure whether to remain in Greece or move once again abroad. «State of Concept» was finally inaugurated in January 2014, with focus on artists of medium range, the ones who are neither newcomers nor superstars yet. Being a curator herself, Iliana Fokianaki also extends an open invitation to other Greek or foreign curators who are interested in collaborating with the gallery, offering carte blanche to interesting projects.
Being a non profit gallery means that «State of Concept» is not actually involved in sales, but acts as an intermediate only bringing in touch potential buyers and the artists directly, without requiring any fee or commission from either side. So far, it has been supported by donations from institutions such as the Greek branch of the British Outset Foundation, the Danish Arts Foundation, the Pro Helvetia and New York’s Artis Foundation.
Apart from representing artists and hosting exhibitions, the gallery also offers free educational services to art school students and graduates who want to break into the art market or need guidance in finding the right direction to continue their studies. There will also be workshops for children, which are already being developed.
Up to now, «State of Concept» plans on hosting four exhibitions a year and already looks into presenting exhibitions abroad. As there has been no precedent of a non profit gallery in Greece, the gallery had to overcome a couple of bureaucratic obstacles, but has received a warm welcome from both the art world and the public.
* The video was shot at «State of Concept» during the exhibition «Panda Sex», curated by Tom Morton, featuring the artists: Andreas Angelidakis, Ronald Cornelissen, Keith Farquhar, Brian Griffiths, Sophie Jung, Scott King, Natalia LL, Aliki Panagiotopoulou, Philomene Pirecki, Mary Ramsden, Adam Thirlwell, Alexander Tovborg. The colours of the artworks might appear different in the video than in reality. We would like to thank the artists for understanding.