Daphne Dragona is a curator and writer based in Berlin. Through her work, she engages with artistic practices, methodologies and pedagogies that challenge contemporary forms of power. Among her topics of interest have been: the controversies of connectivity, the promises of the commons, the challenges of artistic subversion, the instrumentalization of play, the possibilities of non-sovereign infrastructures, the problematics of automated care, and most recently the potential of kin-making technologies in the time of climate crisis.
Among her curated -or co-curated- projects are the exhibitions: Kyriaki Goni, Counting Craters on the Moon (Aksioma, 2019), Tomorrows, Fictions spéculatives pour l’avenir méditerranéen (Le Lieu Unique, Nantes, 2019), “…” an archeology of silence in the digital age (Aksioma, Ljubljana, 2017), Tomorrows, Urban fictions for possible futures (Diplareios, Athens, 2017), Capture All (transmediale, Berlin, 2015), New Babylon Revisited (Goethe Institut Athen, 2014), Afresh, a new generation of Greek artists (ΕΜSΤ, 2013), Data Bodies - Networked Portraits (Fundacion Telefonica & Alta Tecnologia Andina, Lima, 2011), Mapping the Commons Athens (EMST, 2010), Homo Ludens Ludens (Laboral, Gijon, 2008). Articles of hers have been published in various books, journals, magazines, and exhibition catalogs by the likes of Springer, Sternberg Press, and Leonardo Electronic Almanac. Talks of hers have been hosted at ViZ (Athens), Mapping Festival (Geneva), MoMA (New York), Hek (Basel), Arts in Society (London), Leuphana University (Lueneburg) and Goethe University (Frankfurt).
Dragona worked as a curator for transmediale festival (Berlin) from 2015 until 2019. In the past –from 2001 until 2007–, she was the general coordinator of medi@terra festival, organised by Fournos (Athens). She has been a member of several committees for conferences and festivals and recently she was a jury member and mentor for ARTWORKS, Fellowship for Greek Young Artists of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.
She holds a PhD from the Faculty of Communication & Media Studies of the University of Athens, an MA in Museum Studies from UCL, and a BA in Archaeology and History of Art from the University of Athens