Migration has been a constant factor in the life of Vasiliki Sifostratoudaki. Her great aunt Despoina was a practising midwife in both Turkey and Greece, which fuelled the artist’s interest in the practice and lives of midwives during the exchange of population between Greece and Turkey in 1924. Study of the context in which midwives lived led to investigating the family’s trauma of belonging to a Greek diaspora and migrating back to Greece. For the first time the artist aims to incorporate this social anthropological research into her fluid landscapes, which deal with such notions as hospitality, invitation and language. She will explore methods of learning to listen, of sharing stories, objects and oral traditions and of migration in the course of working with third and fourth generation migrants and accessing their knowledge of the midwives' practice.
Vasiliki Sifostratoudaki is a visual artist, graphic designer and educator. She studied art in Athens and acquired her MA at the Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam.