Over Janis Rafa
Janis Rafa (1984, Greece), studied at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam and received a PhD in Fine Art from the University of Leeds. In 2022, her movie Lacerate (2020) selected for The Milk of Dreams, an exhibition curated by Cecilia Alemani for the 59th Venice Biennale. In 2018, the Centraal Museum in Utrecht presented its exhibition Eaten by Non-Humans and in 2023 was her exhibition Riddles for Resilient Tongues
on display at the Opbo studio in Athens.
Rafa’s work was part of Manifesta 12 and was shown in museums and galleries, including Fundació Antoni Tàpies, Kunsthalle Munster and MAXXI. Her works are in the collections of Eye Filmmuseum, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Centraal Museum, Museum Voorlinden, Fondazione In Between Art Film and the Dommering Foundation.
Rafa and Eye have previously worked together on a number of occasions. In 2015 her work was part of the exhibition Close-Up – A New Generation of Film and Video Artists in the Netherlands. In 2020 her short film became Waiting for the Time to Pass included in Eye’s online exhibition of the same name. And in 2020, Rafa’s feature film debut was shot Kala azar in the halls of Eye, after this work won the IFFR’s KNF Prize and was selected for New Directors/New Films at MoMA, New York.
The exhibition is accompanied by a special program of lectures, talks and film screenings. There is also a specially composed educational program.