Panos Fourtoulakis

We’re very happy to support Panos Fourtoulakis’ ongoing research on artistic responses to the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Greece.

Panos Fourtoulakis’ project develops a record of Greek HIV/AIDS narratives from 1983 to the early 2000s, focusing on, but not limited to, the visual arts, drawing on artworks, projects, ephemera, and individuals that have either yet to be adequately framed or been overlooked by dominant narratives of local cultural history. The research explores the social impact of the virus, particularly its effects on the LGBTQI and artistic communities of the time and the consequences of those in the present. It highlights how different the history of HIV/AIDS in Greece is from globally prevalent narratives that continue to define local imaginaries.

For his spring/summer 2024 residency at Methone, Panos Fourtoulakis researches the life and work of a visual artist and a choreographer. For the first time, further to practitioners in Greece, the research expands its scope to practitioners who lived across Greece and Cyprus. 

Fourtoulakis’ research on artistic responses to the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Greece started during his residency at Onassis AiR, Athens, in 2023. Aspects of this research have been presented at Onassis AiR Open Day 8, October 2023; “I’m Positive”, at Onassis Stegi, Athens, November 2023; and “AIDS Correspondences”, at Santa Mònica, Barcelona, February 2024.

Panos Fourtoulakis is a curator whose practice centres on the relationship of liveness and embodied presence to mediation, particularly concerning moving image practices. He studied Curating Contemporary Art at the Royal College of Art, Contemporary Art History at Goldsmiths, and Media and Cultural Studies at the London College of Communication, University of the Arts London. In 2023, he became an Onassis AiR fellow and was the curatorial resident at LΟΟP Barcelona and Matadero Madrid. In 2021, he was awarded the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) Artist Fellowship by ARTWORKS. He has curated projects for Santa Monica (Barcelona), Nottingham Contemporary (Nottingham), Cubitt Artists (London), Goldsmiths CCA (London), LOOP Barcelona (Barcelona), Haus N (Athens), and RCA (London), amongst other places.