Vlad Smolkin’s work is generally concerned with the changing identities of objects across time. For Smolkin, the implications of a given material have to do not only with its physical properties or even its practical use in the world, but also with its historical provenance and exchange value.
Eleni Theodora Zaharopoulos is an interdisciplinary space creature that was raised in Queens by Greeks. She finds meaning in the supernatural and is often guided/derailed by magical thinking, shaky faith, and a deck of playing cards. She draws inspiration through collaboration and dialogue often creating work that is instigated by friends and family. She is a 2017 recipient of a New Works Grant funded by the Queens Council on the Arts, a founding member of performance collective Wildcat!, and co-developer of the Jam Handy, a community and arts space located in Detroit, Michigan. Her work has been experienced in institutions and programs such as the Shanghai Biennale, the Flint Public Art Project, JACK (Brooklyn), MOCAD (Detroit), AUNTS, the Detroit Institute of Arts, Public Pool (Hamtramck), Under the Radar, CATCH! and within the depths of the Atlantic Avenue Tunnel. She holds a BA in Poetry and Film from Sarah Lawrence College, an MFA in Performance and Interactive Media Arts from Brooklyn College and is a graduate of the Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theater.
Photograph by Gerasimos Katechis