Born 1979 in Athens

Lives and works in Belgium


2003-2005   MA Photography/Fine Art, Royal College of Art, London (under the supervision of John Stezaker and Francette Pacteau)

2002-2003   PGDip in Fine Art, Chelsea College of Art and Design, London

1999-2002   BA in Fine Art, Byam Shaw School of Art, London

Selected Grants & Bursaries

2007 The Onassis Foundation Grant for artistic development abroad, Athens

Selected Awards & Prizes

Winner of the 5th DESTE PRIZE

Nominated for Paul Hamlyn Award For Visual Artists, Uk (2008)

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2018 Loukia Alavanou: Towards New Horizons, State Of Concept, Athens

2012 “Rabbit Catcher”, Ulap/ Upload Art Project, Trento

2011 “Episodio 3”, L.Kanellopoulos Cultural Centre, Elefsina, Greece

2010 “Makita”, solo exhibition by Loukia Alavanou and Hannah Heilmann at Modtar Projects, Copenhagen

2010 “Next Door To Alice”, Rodeo, Istanbul

2009 “The Other, A Freud”, (as part of “Common View, Contemporary art at the National Theatre”,  curated by Ghislaine Dantan and Eleni Koukou), National Theatre, Athens

2007 “Chop Chop”, upstairs berlin, Berlin

2007 “Loukia Alavanou”, Haas & Fischer Gallery, Zurich

2006 “Dead Real”, upstairs berlin, Berlin

2004 “Cactus”, The Breeder Projects, Athens

Selected Group Exhibitions and Film Festivals

2017 “Paratoxic Paradoxes”, new commissions of moving-image artists, commissioned by PCAI, commissioning curator Nadja Argyropoulou, Benaki Museum, Athens, Greece

2017 34th Kasseler Documentary Film And Video Festival, International Competition

2017 “DESTE 2017, An Anniversary Exhibition”, Museum of Cycladic art, Athens, Greece

2017 “Weaving Europe; The World as Meditation” , Pafos 2017 European Capital of Culture, curated by Efi Kyprianidou, Pafos, Cyprous

2017 TIFF Thessaloniki International Film Festival, Film Forward Section

2016 62nd Oberhausen Short Film Festival, International Competition

2016 “The Equilibrists” (Organised by The New Museum, NY and the Deste Foundation Athens and curated by Massimiliano Gioni, Gary Carrion-Murayari and Helga Christoffersen), Benaki Museum, Athens

2015  ikob-Award, ikob – Museum of Contemporary Art, Eupen, Belgium

2015  VIENNALE, Vienna International Film Festival, special programs, Austria

2015   “And No matter What the phone Rings”, Moscow Biennale, Special Events, Moscow

2015 “Soap” (curated by Nathalie Hartjes), Nieuwe Vide, Haarlem, NL

2015 ‘Kino Der Kunst 2015’ festival, Munich

2015 “It Takes Two To Make An Accident”, HISK, Ghent

2014 “No Country For Young Men” (curated by Katerina Gregos), Palais De Bozar, Brussels

2014 “Reverb”(curated by Evita Tsokanda and Eirini Eustathiou), SMFA, Boston, USA

2014 OPEN YOUR EYES, EMAF European Media Art Festival, Ostenberg, Germany

2014 “HISK Open Studios 2014”, HISK, Ghent

2014 “Body Memory” (curated by Syrago Tsiara), Contemporary Art Center/ State Museum of  Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki

2013 “Hell As Pavillion” (curated by Nadja Argyropoulou), Palais De Tokyo, Paris

2013 “In The Studio” (curated by Daily Lazy), Kunsthalle Athena, Athens

2013   “It Is A Place Of Force” (an independent project curated by Loukia Alavanou), ReMap4, Athens

2013 “Other Fictions” (curated by Tomas Lagermand and Stine Ljungdalh), Fotografisk Center, Copenhagen

2012 “Visual Dialogues at Plato’s Academy Recreation Park” (curated by Marilena Karra), Onassis Cultural Centre, Athens

2011 “Volcano Extravaganza”, Curated by Milovan Farronato and Rita Selvaggio, produced by Fiorucci  Art Trust, Stromboli, Italy

2010 “Terrain Error”, Curated by Pamela Auchincloss and Susanne Prinz, Verein zur Forderung von Kunst und Kultur am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz e.V., Berlin

2010 “Selections of the Artist Pension Trust Collection of new Media”, The Ice Palace, Miami

2010 “Conformers and Purposers”; Loukia Alavanou and Hannah Heilmann in collaboration with the classical ensemble EMV, HEART Herning Museum of Contemporary Art, Herning; Møstings hus, Copenhagen a.o.

2010 “Identuty, Body It” (curated by Takashi Azumaya), nca/ nichido contemporary art, Tokyo

2010 Memories And Encounters, Viafarini, Milan, Italy

2009 “Video.It, A Bridge Over The Mediterenean” (curated by Marina Fokidis), Fondazione Mertz, Torino

2009 MEDITERANEAN, Palazzo Rospigliosi (an event at Roma, The Road To Contemporary Art, curated by Elena Lydia Scipione), Rome

2009 “Four Young Female Artists”, Haas & Fischer Gallery, Zurich

2008   If Tomorrow Never Comes, Rodeo, Istanbul

2008 “Farmer’s Market” (curated by Fedja Klikovac), Handel Street Projects, London

2008 “La Bete Or the Object of Desire” (curated by Lisa K Samoto), t1+2 Gallery, London

2008 “Yours, Mine and Ours: Appropriation in Contemporary Art”, University Gallery, Colchester, UK

2007 “12th Biennial of Moving Images”, Geneva

2007 “100 days=100 videos”, Gl Strand, Copenhagen Kustforeningen Gl Stand, Copenhagen

2007 “DESTE PRIZE 2007”, DESTE Foundation, Athens

2007 “SATELLITE WORKS” (curated by Noemy Mc Comber), Centre de Production et de Diffusion en  Art Actuel et Multidisciplinaire, Quebec

2007 “DIVINATION: Hamburg-Paris-London”, B22, Hamburg/ Bruswick Centre Gallery, London

2007 “EMERGENCY ROOM” (an art format brought in action by Thierry Geoffroy), Ileana Tounta  Contemporary Art Centre, Athens

2006 “100 TAGE=100 VIDEOS”, Kunstverein Heidelberg

2006 “Videos and More”, Vamiali’s Gallery, Athens

2006 “This ain’t no karaoke” (curated by Max Henry), Haas & Fischer Gallery, Zurich

2006 “Peach” (curated by Eva Martischnig), Gallery Eugen Lendl, Craz

2006 “Dreamworks”, Haas & Fischer Gallery, Zurich

2006 “ Solitude” (curated by Michael Bank Christoffersen), upstairs berlin, Berlin

2006 “What Remains is Future” (curated by Nadia Argyropoulou), Patras, Greece

2006 “Drawing Screen” (curated by Sotirios Bahtsetzis), Tint Gallery, Thessaloniki

2005 “SOUND ON VISION” (curated by Laure Prouvost),

2005 “Pow Wow Now Syncopations; Art From Great Britain”, Watterling Gallery,  Stockholm

2005 “Like Nowhere Else”, Royal College of Art, London

2005 “TIMESHARE” (curated by Melanie Jackson), Trinity Buoy Wharf, London

Selected Artist Residencies

2014-2015 Hisk, Ghent, Belgium

2011 Upload Art Project, Trento, Italy

2010 Volcano Extravaganza, Fiorucci Art Trust, Stromboli, Italy

2010 Viafarini, Milan

2010 Diva (Danish International Visual Art Exchange Program), Copenhagen


Selested Collections

The Dakis Joannou Collection

PCAI Polyeco Contemporary Art Initiative

Celine & Heiner Bastian Collection


The National Bank Of Greece Collection

Dimitris Pierides Museum of Contemporary Art

Harry David


Performance Lectures

2010 What if an Exhibition was a road move, a performance lecture by Loukia Alavanou and Aikaterini Gegisian, Spike Island, Bristol / Art Athina –as part of the Talks and Events program, Athens

Other Screenings and Events

2014 Limited Access Festival, (curated by Nima Bahrehmand), Parking Gallery Projects, Teheran, Iran

2014 Videozoom Greece, (curated by Maria Papaioanou and Maria Dialektaki), Trastevere Museum/ Sala Uno, Rome

2012 Lo Schermo dell’Arte – VISIO European Workshop on Artists, Florence.

2012 “Lustlands, A Family Noir under the sun and Other Experiences”, (curated by Nadja Argyropoulou and Lakis&Aris Ionnas), Thermisia, Greece

2011 “Portrait of Space”, A “Living Exhibition” organized by Teresa Gillespie and Rose Lejeune, Clonlea studios, Dublin

2010 “Happy End, A Transmitter to the ultimate way of contemporary Living” (Curated by Yu-Chen Wang, Filmprogramme Organised by Georgia Korossi), Yinka Shonibare’s Space- Guest Projects, London

2010 Screening of films by Mona Hatum, Melanie Jackson and Loukia Alavanou as part of “Time Archive Memory” (curated by Marigold Hodkinson), Centenary Show at the Byam Shaw School of Art, London

2009 “The Message” (curated by Sylvia Kouvali), “Art Park Programme- Art Dubai”, organised by Bidoun Magazine, Dubai

2008 “The State We’re In” (curated by November Paynter), a selection of videos from the collection of the Artist Pension Trust (Dubai), NADA VIDEO NIGHTS, New York

2008 “…of City and Time, Moving Image in Contemporary Greek Art”, Stefanos Tsivopoulos in collaboration with the Alternative Video/Film Festival as part of the program “Videography Of The Region”, Belgrade

2008 “Zemos98”, Festival Internacional, 11 edicion, Seville

2007 “Zooming Histories”, International festival of audio-visual arts VIDEOLOGIA, Volgograd, Russia

2006 “Top Of The Uk Art Pops” (curated by Inger Frygt), Turbinehallerne, Copenhagen

2005 “EMERGEANDSEE, Spring 04 Showreel”, Curzon Soho, London, Kino International, Budapest, Kino International, Berlin, Bauhaus University, Weimar

2004 “Gone in 60 seconds” (curated by Stuart Croft), Café Gallery, London


 Critic’s Guide: Athens, by Maria Nicholacopoulou,, 04 April 2017

The Equilibrists: A report from Greece, by Stephanie Baily, OCULA, 21 July 2016

Allegory of the Cave Painting, exhibition catalogue, text by Mihnea Mircan, Extra City Kunsthal, Antwerp

Greek Artists Interpret Newsmaking Events At Grossman in: The Boston Globe, 16 September, 2014, USA

Bozar Presents: No Country For Young Men: Contemporary Greek art in Times Of Crisis, e-flux, 13 March 2014

Anamnesia: Private and Public Memory in Modern French Culture, Editor Peter Collier, Anna Magdalena Elsner and Olga Smith, (p. 295 on an essey by Carol Mavor), Peter Lang AG, International Academic Publishers, Bern, 2009

Cold Sun: The New Season At Palais De Tokyo, e-flux, 06 Feb 2013

Volcano Extravaganza (Publication): ‘Rolling Stones, Roadside Picnic: Stromboli’, Salerno Editrice, Rome 2011

Alle Eolie estate d’arte con VOLCANO EXTRAVAGANZA, Flash, July 2011

Fiorucci Art Trust presents VOLCANO EXTRAVAGANZA, e-artnow, 04 July 2011

Extravagant Art in Stromboli, by Elena Bordignon, VOGUE (Italy), 08 August 2011

Viafarini presenta Souvenir d’Italie, in: Flashart online, Italy, 09 June 2010

Residency program for international artists in Milan at VIR Viafarini-in-residence in: Abitare Design Magazine, Milan, 14 July, 2010

Careof-Viafarini-Docva, l’arte contemporanea in Italia, in: ARTKEY, Italy, 14 July 2010

GROUP SHOW:4 Young Female Artistes, in Neue Zurcher Zeitung, 30 January 2009, p.53

Galerien Stenchen Gemeinsam In See, GROUP SHOW:4 Young Female Artistes, in Zueritipp, 15-21. January, 2009, P.49

Divination; Group Show, in “What’s On”, a-n Magazine, London, June 2008

Leisa Bamett, Desire on Desire, in: Vogue, Uk, 01 Sep 2008

Valentina Sansone, Artists Dictionary; a survey of contemporary greek art, in: Flash Art, October 2007, n.256, p.92

Caitlin Jones, Eyes on a Prize, in: at New Museum of Contemporary Art, 02 October 2007

Artnet News, Deste Prize to Alavanou, in: Artnet, 27, Sep 2007

Artist in the Spotlight. Loukia Alavanou wins 2007 Deste Foundation Prize, in:, 26. September 2007

Deste Foundation, Loukia Alavanou wins the DESTE Prize 2007, in: e-flux, 26. September 2007

Chop Chop Tales & Recent Video Works. 2005-2007, upstairs berlin Berlin, Haas & Fischer, Zurich 2007 (catalogue)

The Deste-Prize 2007 for contemporary Greek artists, in:, Zugriff: 22. Mai 2007

Bpabeio Deste 2007, in:, Zugriff: 03. Mai 2007

Galerie Upstairs, Weniger ist mehr, in: taz berlin, 17. Oktober 2007, p. 28

Divination II, European Art Festival Hamburg, OneZeroMore.COM, Germany, 20/10/’07

Deste Prize 2007 Announces Shortlisted Artists, Artipedia-Your Pulse On Contemporary Art, March 27, 2007

Solitude. London Artists Today, upstairs berlin, Berlin 2006 (catalogue)

Ulrich Tragatschnig, Pluschfeminismus, in: Der Falter, Nr. 40/60, October 6-12, 2006

Verspielte Frauen-Klischees, in: Kronenzeitung, October 11, 2006

Handarbeit und Rollenspiele, in: Der Standard, October 5, 2006)

Von Frauen und Fruchten, in: Der Grazer, October5, 2006

Maria Zimmermann Brendel, London Artists Today, in: etcetera. Revue de l’art 75, September-November 2006, p. 71-75

Stofftiere und Fitnesstrainer, in: Kleine Zeitung, 22. September 2006

Loukia Alavanou: Dead Real, in: kunsttermine, Mai – Juni – Juli 2006, p. 77

Johanna Hofleitner, Schauplatze, in: Die Presse, September 22, 2006

Matthias Busse, Merilyn und der Kaktus, in: Neues Deutschland, May 18, 2006

Bewegte Collagen, in: taz berlin, May 3, 2006, p.28

Gerhard Charles Rump, Londoner Einsamkeiten in der Galerie “upstairs”, in: Die Welt, March 10, 2006

Katrin Wittneven, Jugend-Still, in: Der Tagesspiegel, February 2006

Solitude: Young London Artists, in: Contemporary, January 2006, p.69

Nora Theiss, Bemerkenswert weiblich, in: ARTMAGAZINE.CC, Graz, October 2006

Despina Zeukeli, Video Xorkia by Loukia Alavanou, in: Athenorama, Athens, November 2006

  1. the athens contemporary art review, issue 4, Mai 2006

Video Xorkia by Loukia Alavanou, in: Athinorama, November 2006

Iphgenia Baal, Artist loukia alavanou is following in the grand tradition of the Hollywood remake, Dazed and Confused, London, 2005

Chris Bors, Reports from Athens, in: Magazine Reviews,, 2004