Maria Lalou is a contemporary conceptual artist born in Athens, Greece. Focusing on the topic of viewing, she incorporates cinematic apparatus and surveillance as part of her tools, with central references to ‘the politics of the viewer’. In her native Greek language, she states: as spectator, one becomes ‘theoros’ in the sense that one observes, participates and interprets the performative process from a certain perspective while this is part of the performance’s ontology. Since 2004, Lalou shares her time between Amsterdam and Athens. She is a graduate of Fine Arts from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam and Product Design and Architecture in Technical Institute of Athens. She has completed a research period at the Royal Academy of the Arts in Copenhagen and in performance studies at DasArts in Amsterdam. Maria Lalou’s works have been presented internationally at Printed Matter, New York, Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam; Onomatopee, Eindhoven; Rondo Sztuki, Katowice, Poland; Contemporary Art Museum of Thessaloniki; and Industrial Gas Museum, Athens, amongst other. She has been a lecturer at Architecture of Princeton University, Princeton; Architecture of ETH, Zurich; Aalto University of Helsinki, Finland, Rijksakademie Studios, Amsterdam Cittadellarte-Fondazione Pistoletto, Biella, Italy; and Università IUAV di Venezia, Venice, amongst others. She has contributed to the peer review journal activate, Roehampton University, London, as well at Leonardo, MIT Press Journals. Since 2012 Lalou has an ongoing collaboration with Danish architect Skafte Aymo-Boot working on the archival work [UN]FINISHED. The work is about concrete skeletons of Athens that engages the viewer in a process of looking into social, political and personal parts of the history of the city.