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Vakalo Family Visitor

"Chimeras" by Phoebe Giannisi, Professor, University of Thessaly

1st Vakalo Family Fund Visiting Artist

April 13, 2022 | Watch Lecture


"Chimeras" in ancient Greek are female goats and any mythical animal with parts taken from various animals. In biology, a chimera is an organism containing a mixture of genetically different tissues. For Donna Haraway, we are all chimeras, cyborgs, hybrids of machine and organism. Professor Giannis’s chimeric works slide between different media taking form through performative actions.  Key elements are the music of place, animal voices, myths and memory; and fragments on identity, genre, gender, and the species drawn from ancient Greek poetry 

Born in Athens, Phoebe Giannisi is a poet and professor of Architecture at the University of Thessaly and the author of 8 books of poetry and a book on architecture. She holds degrees in Architecture, Philosophy, and a PhD in Classics. Her poetry moves between word, performance, and installation and investigates the connections of poetics with body and place.