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Syrago Tsiara was born in Larissa in 1968. Since 2007 she has been the director of the Thessaloniki Center of Contemporary Art, and was previously working as a curator at the State Museum of Contemporary Art. Together with Bisi Silva and Gabriela Salgado, she curated the 2nd Thessaloniki Biennale Praxis: Art in Times of Uncertainty in 2009. She has been responsible for staging numerous exhibitions, among which are Masquerades. Femininity, masculinity and other certainties, Genius Seculi. Despina Meimaroglou, Deimantas Narkevi?ius, Leda Papaconstantinou. In the name of (honoured artist at the 1st Thessaloniki Biennale), and Public Screen. During the same period, she was teaching at the University of Thessaly (2004 – 2008) on art in public space, the avant-garde and modernism in Europe, Greek art (19th and 20th century), and contemporary art theory and methodology. She completed her studies in History and Archaeology at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and continued with a master’s degree in Social History of Art at the University of Leeds. Her PhD dissertation was on art in public space and the formation of the national identity and memory.