About Janis Rafa
Born in 1984 in Greece, Janis Rafa studied at the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten in Amsterdam and was awarded a PhD in Fine Art from the University of Leeds. In 2022 her film Lacerate (2020) was selected for The Milk of Dreams an exhibition curated by Cecilia Alemani at the 59th Venice Biennale. In 2018 the Centraal Museum in Utrecht presented her exhibition Eaten by Non-Humans and in 2023 her exhibition Riddles for Resilient Tongues took place at opbo studio in Athens.
Work by Rafa was featured in Manifesta 12 and shown at Fundació Antoni Tàpies, Kunsthalle Munster and MAXXI, amongst other museums and galleries. Her works are held in the collections of Eye Filmmuseum, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Centraal Museum, Museum Voorlinden, Fondazione In Between Art Film and Dommering Foundation.
Rafa and Eye have previously collaborated on a number of occasions: in 2015 her work featured in the exhibition Close-Up – A New Generation of Film and Video Artists in the Netherlands. In 2020 her short film Waiting for the Time to Pass was included in Eye’s online exhibition of the same name. And in 2020 Rafa’s debut feature film Kala azar was screened in Eye’s cinema’s after winning the KNF Award at IFFR and being selected for New Directors/New Films at MoMA.
The exhibition is accompanied by an extensive programme of public talks and film screenings, and by a specially compiled educational programme.