Doctoral Students

Eleni Kamma
Started in , PhD degree awarded in

Research summary

Taking Place: Parrhesiastic practices of social transformation within local forms of theatricality.

Eleni Kamma’s research project examines how local European forms of theatre and urban scenographies can be rephrased as ‘parrhesiastic’ practices of social transformation. Kamma’s art practice that engages performative strategies, serves as starting point and framework of the project.



Eleni Kamma (Athens, 1973) holds a degree in painting from the Athens School of Fine Arts (1995–2000) and a MA Fine Art from the Chelsea College of Art & Design, London (2001–2002). In 2008/2009 she was a Fine Art Researcher at the Jan Van Eyck Academie, Maastricht.

Kamma’s practice circulates from her as an individual artist (through drawings and objects), to dialogic collaborations (films, performative events, journals) and back again, by writing about it and further developing this practice with others.

Recent solo and group exhibitions include: ‘Casting Call: The Collector of Proverbs, The Animal, The Fool, The Selfie-Junkie, The Innocent, The Child, The Drunk, The...’, West Den Haag, 2021; ‘Casting Call: So, You Think About Abstraction the Last Minutes Before You Die?’, SPACE, Liege, 2021; the 1st Limburg Biennale, Marres, Maastricht, 2020; ‘Persona Everyware’, Centre d’art Le Lait, Albi; ‘Wellness’, Kristianstads Konsthall, Kristianstad, 2020.

Kamma lives and works in Brussels and Maastricht.


Individual projects

    • Book launch ‘Making Matters. A Vocabulary for Collective Arts’

      The entries in this experimental vocabulary were written in collaboration with multidisciplinary collectives, artists and designers from five continents. They reflect how collective action changes…

      documenta 15, Kassel (DE)

      'Casting Call' (2017-ongoing) is a series of related attempts, events and manifestations. It is an investigation into the notion of parrhesia, the courage to speak…

      SPACE, Liège (BE)
    • Bye Bye His-Story

      Eleni Kamma participates in the group exhibition 'Bye Bye His-Story' at Centre de la Gravure et de l'Image Imprimée.

      Le Centre de la Gravure et de l'Image imprimée, La Louvière (BE)
    • Hybrid Spaces

      Eleni Kamma's MIGRATIE is added to the video library and catalog of Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin.

      Online and live from the Louvre auditorium
    • Telepathic Traces

      Eleni Kamma participates in the parcours exhibition 'Telepathic Traces' with 'Wishing Tree' and 'Solo Practice'. The exhibition shows experiences, testimonies, artworks created during…

      dinA, Brussels (BE)
    • Making Matters – Collective Material Practices in Critical Times

      You are cordially invited to join the second edition of the Making Matters symposium, which will take place online on Thursday 19, Friday 20 and…

      Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam (NL)
    • Once Upon a Town

      A section of Eleni Kamma's 'Casting Call' is featured during the performancetour ‘Street language’ by Joep Vossebeld.

      Maastricht (NL)
    • Wellness

      Eleni Kamma presents 'Tarek, the (Wounded) Healer' in the exhibition 'WELLNESS –

      Kristianstads konsthall, Kristianstad (SE)
    • Casting Call: Parade Agora

      A performative and discursive event with Eleni Kamma at Beursschouwburg, Brussels.

      Beursschouwburg, Brussels (BE)
    • Casting Call

      Eleni Kamma presents the installation ‘Casting Call: How does a European politician save a refugee from drowning?’ in the ACPA Exhibition Space in…

      ACPA Exhibition Space, Leiden University, Leiden (NL)
    • Persona Everywhere

      Eleni Kamma presents works in the group exhibition 'Persona Everywhere'.

      centre d'art Le Lait, Albi (FR)
    • Heard or capable of being heard

      Eleni Kamma presents her research 'Heard or Capable of Being Heard: Seeing through Parrhesiastic Dialectical Games' at the symposium 'Transformations of the Audible'.

      WEST Den Haag, the Royal Academy of Art, the Royal Conservatoire, The Hague (NL)
    • Georgofili

      In this group exhibition at Kunstraum am Schauplatz, Eleni Kamma presents her video GEORGOFILI, a 27 minutes HD film produced in 2012, for…

      Kunstraum am Schauplatz, Vienna (AT)
    • Notes on Parrhesia

      Eleni Kamma participates in the Jubilee screening programme at art centre Dazibao with the film 'Notes on Parrhesia'.

      Dazibao, Montreal (CA)

      Eleni Kamma presents the performance 'Re-M-Ommegang (Re-M-Parade)' at arts festival Playground, Leuven.

      M-Museum Leuven, Leuven (BE)
    • Punch Line (Language)

      Eleni Kamma presents the performance 'Punch Line (Language)' with Margo van de Linde at the PhDArts Conference at the Academy of Creative and…

      Leiden University, Leiden (NL)
    • Yar bana bir eğlence. Notes on Parrhesia

      Eleni Kamma presents a screening of 'Yar bana bir eğlence. Notes on Parrhesia' (2015) at the Digital Research in the Humanities and Arts…

      Spazju Kreattiv Cinema, Valletta (MT)
    • Paroikeo III

      Eleni Kamma shows her collaborative publication Παροικεω III (Paroikeo III, 2017) at June Woodstone Kugelblitz.

      June Woodstone Kugelblitz, Rotterdam (NL)
    • Mimetic Ties

      Eleni Kamma participates in the group exhibition "an exercise on values" curated by Alexios Papazacharias at Haus N.

      Haus N, Athens (GR)
    • Why Relooking at Caricature Today?

      Eleni Kamma contributed to A/R Issue Number 1, 2018 with the publication "Why Relooking at Caricature Today?" as part of her research project…

      A/R asbl, Charleroi (BE)
    • Eenheid in verscheidenheid

      Eleni Kamma unveils three public artworks entitled "Eenheid in Verscheidenheid" (Unity in Difference) commissioned by the city Sittard-Geleen.

      Sittard-Geleen (NL)
    • Rag to Rich

      Eleni Kamma participates in the exhibition Rag to Rich at the at the ACG Art Gallery and presents the video works Casting Call…

      ACG Art Gallery, Aghia Paraskevi (GR)
    • The Selfie-Junkie, The Fool, The Animal, The Glossary, The Angry, The Collector Of Proverbs, And So On

      Eleni Kamma presents work in progress within the research project Casting Call in a solo exhibition at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts,…

      Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Brussels (BE)
    • Stopping Point

      Eleni Kamma participates in the group exhibition 'Stopping Point', showing the new work 'The Selfie Junkie and The Fool' from her studies into…

      Daily Lazy Projects, Athens (GD)
    • Connecting Artists Across Borders

      Eleni Kamma participates in the group exhibition Connecting Artists Across Borders by the Elisabeth Strouven Foundation and SPACE.

      Elisabeth Strouven Fonds, Maastricht (NL)
    • Rehearsal / Repetition

      Eleni Kamma was invited to participate in Rehearsal / Repetition, a study day within the exhibition White Horse / Twin Horse by Revital…

      Vlaams Cultuurhuis De Brakke Grond, Amsterdam (NL)
    • Eutopia

      Eleni Kamma participates in Eutopia, a theatre piece by Poa-Yio in the context of the festival CULTURESCAPES Griechenland.

      CH, Basel
    • Dwell, Act, Transform

      Eleni Kamma participated in the exhibition Dwell, Act, Transform shows artistic research trajectories conducted by the research groups of Minerva Art Academy within…

      NL, Groningen
    • New Acquisitions Of The Emst Collection

      Eleni Kamma shows work in the exhibition New Acquisitions (2014-2017) of the EMST Collection. The work Play it, Emin: Walking along the Russian…

      National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens (GR)
    • Terra Mediterranea: In Action

      Eleni Kamma participates in the group exhibition ‘Terra Mediterranea: In Action’, an exhibition of contemporary art, a conference and a series of parallel…

      Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre, Pafos (CY)
    • Planetes

      Eleni Kamma contributes to opening exhibition of Pafos2017 European Capital of Culture curated by Elena Parpa.

      Old Powerhouse and Shelley Street Residence, Pafos (CY)
    • So close, yet so far away/Contemporary Artists from Cyprus

      Eleni Kamma participates in this group exhibition opening Friday 12 January 2017, curated by Yiannis Toumazis.

      Petach Tikva Museum, Tel Aviv (IL)
    • We, people in transition

      Eleni Kamma participates in this group exhibition at Academie voor Beeldende Kunst, Vormgeving en Popcultuur – Minerva. Opening: 27 October, 15.00 -17.30h

      Groningen (NL)
    • REPRISE Parrhèsia

      Eleni Kamma participates in this group exhibition opening Friday 30 September.

      SIGN, Groningen (NL)

      Eleni Kamma participates in this group exhibition that investigates the turbulent phase that the Mediterranean Sea and its surrounding countries are enveloped in.

      HALLE 14, Leipzig (DE)
    • Indiscipline

      Eleni Kamma participates in this festival held at Palais de Tokyo, where more than 30 artists based in Brussels, comprising of visual artists,…

      13 Avenue du Président Wilson, Paris (FR)

      Eleni Kamma contributes to this series of one-week course that feature seven lecturers, academics and selected doctoral students who will reflect on the…

      Vilnius Academy of Arts (VAA) and Aalto University School of Arts and the Nida Art Colony, Neringa (LT)
    • Curiosity

      Eleni Kamma participates in this group exhibition that is part of the residency programme Tinos Quarry Platform.

      Cultural Foundation, Chora, Tinos island (GR)
    • Fireflies in the Night Take Wing

      Post midnight Video Art survey with Eleni Kamma, organized on the occasion of the cultural evebt Metemorphosis: The SNFCC to the World.

      Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC), Athens (GR)
    • The Shifting Place. Aesthetic, spatial and temporal fractures of transitional territories.

      Eleni Kamma participates in this residential module developed in the frame of the EU project Understanding Territoriality: Identity, Place & Possession (TIPP) at…

      Cittadellarte – Fondazione Pistoletto in Biella (IT)
    • Without Pause, Dialogues

      Eleni Kamma takes part in the group exhibition 'Without Pause, Dialogues' at the LOOP Festival, curated by Imma Prieto.

      Carrer Arcs 5, Barcelona (ES)
    • Artist-In-Residence

      Eleni Kamma is artist-in-residence at the Tinos Quarry Platform.

      Isternia, Tinos (GR)
    • Sound of Silence

      Eleni Kamma shows her work 'It takes Courage and Breath to Speak Up' in this group exhibition taking place in the framework of…

      Conservatoriumplein 1, Kortrijk (BE)
    • About the necessity to engage

      Eleni Kamma participates in a debate organized in the context of the seminar 'After School' modules 1 and 2, on from 18h to…

      La Cambre Arts Visuels, Brussels (BE)
    • Breaking Crisis

      Eleni Kamma's video 'Yar bana bir eğlence. Notes on Parrhesia', is screened in the film programme Breaking Crisis of Transmediale Berlin.

      Haus der Kulturen der Welt, John Foster Dulles Allee 10, Berlin (DE)
    • Describe Me An Image Of Turkey

      Eleni Kamma's film 'Yar bana bir eğlence (Notes on Parrhesia)' is screened in the film programme Describe Me an Image of Turkey at…

      Atelierhaus, Lehargasse 8, A-1060, 1.Floor, Mediaroom, Vienna (AT)