Archeology, anthropology and contemporary art



Part of the public debates and lectures cycle “Society and past: Perception of antiquity in modern Greece” organized by the Cycladic Art Museum and the Irish Institute of Hellenic Studies at Athens in cooperation with Circuits and Currents.

The talk is open to the public, free of charge. The talk will be held in Greek.

The discussions relating to the relationship between contemporary art and antiquity in Greece usually focus on the ways in which modern art “recruits” or “inspires” from antiquity . Can contemporary art play a more “active” role in the “difficult” relationship between the Greek present and the ancient Greek heritage ? Generally how modern art relates fields of knowledge dealing with ( the materialistic aspects of) civilizations in the past or present, such as archeology and anthropology?
How formed is the so far conversation / collaboration between archaeologists, anthropologists and artists and what opportunities are opened in their relationship?
Is art doomed to play a secondary role and more “pictorial”, “instrumental” and more to “one side” or can it contribute actively in a conversation that will disrupt stereotypes and contribute to the development of theories and practices of these three fields?

Eleana Yalouri is an assistant professor at the Department of Social Anthropology at Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences in Athens. She has a BA in Archaeology (University of Crete, Greece) an MPhil in Museum studies (University of Cambridge) and a PhD in Social Anthropology (University College London), while she undertook postdoctoral research at the University of Princeton, USA. She has been a visiting lecturer at the University of Westminster, London, a lecturer at the Dept of Anthropology of University College London and she is currently visiting lecturer at the University of Malta. Her teaching, research interests and her publications in periodicals and edited volumes include the following issues:  Theories of Material Culture; Issues of national identity and the representation of the past; cultural heritage and the politics of remembering and forgetting; theories of space and the social construction of landscape; Anthropology and Art; Anthropology and Archaeology.