Zaharopoulos Eleni Theodora

Eleni Theodora Zaharopoulos has an interdisciplinary practice that spans the literary, visual, and performing arts. She draws inspiration through collaboration and dialogue, often creating relational work shaped by community, family, and lived experience. Projects, schemes, and ideas-in-general are born from a place of curiosity and approached intuitively resulting in projects such as Koutouki, a fully-functioning illegal¬† taverna established in her living room and Art Basel Thrift Store, a combination name-your-price thrift store and gallery that not only solved her mother’s basement clutter but also showcased the work of emerging artists in need of representation. She often plays with hybridity in her work exploring the realms of diasporic yearning and longing, identity and trauma, mutual aid and non-dominance, failure and competition, all the while delighting in the cathartic value of self-expression. Eleni was born to Greek parents and raised a poorly assimilated First-Generation American in Queens, NY.¬† She wrote poetry and made films at Sarah Lawrence College, studied ensemble-based physical theater at The Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theater and received her MFA in Performance and Interactive Media Art from Brooklyn College. She spends her time between New York City and Detroit working on collaborative and solo projects that range in shape and size.


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