Jenny Marketou born in Athens, Greece, moved to US as a young adult to study art. She currently lives in New York City. She is an interdisciplinary artist and lecturer, who utilizes video, sound, video installation, internet, photography, public performance to offer an experience, a space for reflection, a site for knowledge and to explore a variety of aesthetics, ethics and poetics of interconnectedness and palpable effects of new media in our identities in our public and private sphere and in uncovering truths. She is interested in a public space of (slight) discomfort, unexpected emotions and pleasure that only art can create.
Marketou holds a Master of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY (1990) and earned a BFA in Photography from the Corcoran School of Art in Washington DC (1986). She has taught at the Art Department at Cooper Union School of Art and Science in New York and has lectured at numerous universities and art schools worldwide. She cofounded the art collective Workshopping the Unruly based in New York City from 2011 to 2013. She is affiliated with Services to Artists Committee and is the curator for ArtSpace/Media Lounge for College Art Association International Conference in New York City, 2015 and Los Angeles 2016.
Marketou has exhibited extensively in solo and group exhibitions in both national and international venues including the 1st International Biennial of Art in Cartagena de Indias Cartagena, Colombia, (2014); Vanity Projects (2014) New York City; Uncommon Commons (2014) at CAA in Chicago; the 4th Biennial of Athens, Greece (2013); Undoing Monuments (2013) sponsored by Goethe Institut for HOME/S, Benaki Museum of Art Athens, Greece.
Recent public solo projects include Sunspotting a Walking Forest for the HighLine Public Park commissioned by More Art and the friends of Highline in NYC (2012); Looking Out of My Windowsponsored by Goethe Institut in Ankara, Turkey (2012); Paperophanies, PRAXIS project commissioned by ARTIUM Museum in Vitoria, Bilbao, Spain (2011).
Other venues include Centre of Contemporary Art (CCA) Glasgow in Scotland, (2013); Visual Dialogues, Onassis Foundation, Athens, Greece (2013); Kumu Art Museum, Tallinn, Estonia (2011) sponsored by Goethe Institut for Tallinn Cultural Capital of Europe; Museum of Contemporary Art, (EMST) Athens, Greece (2010); Centro de Arte Museum Reina Sofia, Madrid (2010); Foundation Claudio Buziol, Venice, Italy (2010); 3rd Biennial of Seville, Spain (2009); APEX Art, New York City; ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany; PULSE Art Fair, special project New York City; Strozinna Center for Contemporary Art, Palazzo Strozzi, Florence; Rose Art Museum, Boston; The New Museum, New York City among many others. She represented Greece at the Biennial of Sao Paolo in Brazil and Manifesta at Withe de With, Rotterdam.
Her artworks and ideas have been presented in the following publications: Gender, Artwork and the Global Imperative: A Materialist Feminist Critique edited by Angela Dimitrakaki, Manchester University Press, Manchester, UK; Living and Sustaining a Creative Life: 40 Essays by 40 working artists, edited by Sharon Louden, Intellect Books, Bristol, UK/Chicago, USA; SmellBytes: The Smells of My Imagination in On Smell, Performance Research, September 2003, Rutledge; Dana Altman Jenny Marketou: Taystes.net, Art in Multiplicity, Amedeo Publishers, New York, 2008; NeTNeTNeT, Jenny Marketou, Introduction to Chris.053, edited by Jason Brown, CalArts, School of Arts,Valencia, California, 2003.
Over the course of her residency at HIAP besides her interest to engage with the community of artists and collectives who are based in Helsinki she would like to enjoy the stimulus of new environments. She looks forward to cultivate new inspirations and to set up a structure, which will allow her to research images, language and material echoes of events for a new video project, which will be filmed in Athens, Greece.