Phoebe Giannisi

  • University of Thessaly
  • Associate Professor of Architectural Design and Cultural Studies

Phoebe Giannisi (, born in Athens, is a poet and an architect. Her work resides on the borders between poetry and performance, installation, theory and representation, and investigates the connections of poetics with body and place. She holds a PhD in Classics from Lyon II-Lumière, published as Récits des Voies. Chant et Cheminement en Grèce archaïque (Grenoble: Jérôme Millon, 2006) and an Architecture Diploma from the National Technical University of Athens (1988).

Giannisi is the author of six books of poetry, including Ομηρικά (Athens : Kedros, 2010), published also in German,(Homerika, translated by Dirk Uwe Hansen, Leipzig: Reinecke & Voss., 2015) and recently in English, (Homerica, translated by Brian Sneeden, Storrs, Ct: World Poetry Books, 2017). She is also the co-author with Alexander Tzonis of Classical Greek Architecture: The Construction of the Modern (Paris: Flammarion, 2004).

From 2010 Giannisi’s work has focused on post-human projects relative to the vegetal and the animal. In 2010 she was co-curator for the Greek Pavilion of the 12th International Architecture Exhibition (La Biennale di Venezia) with the project “The Ark. Old Seeds for New Metropolitan Cultures.” In 2012-13, her video/sound installation poem about the Cicada, TETTIX, was exhibited at the Museum of National Art (EMST), Athens. In 2015 she exhibited her project about Goats AIGAI_O at the Angeliki Chatzimichali Museum in Athens (with Iris Lycourioti). In October 2016, she presented her lecture-performance Nomos_The Land Song at Onassis Center, New York.

Selected group exhibitions include the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark (2011), Hungarian University of Fine Arts, Budapest (2010), the Lyon Biennale (2009), Guggenheim New York (2013), Bauhaus Dessau (2015), the INHA in Paris (Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art, 2017), the Vienna Biennale (2017).

A 2015–2016 Humanities Fellow of Columbia University, Giannisi is an Associate Professor at the University of Thessaly.


Other poetic books:

Χίμαιρα, forthcoming, Athens, 2018.

Ραψωδία, Gutenberg : Athens, 2016

TETTIX, Gabrielides: Athens, 2012.

Θηλιές , Poems,  Athens: Nefeli, 2005.

Ραμαζάνι, poems, Athens : Mauro Mouseio, 1997.

Αχινοί, Poems, Athens: Mauro Mouseio, 1995.