Born in Buffalo, New York, and based between Athens and Toronto, Stathacos brings together performance, installation and video in various formats, creating participatory projects, aiming to make new connections between cultures, historical periods, technologies and environmental issues. At the heart of Stathacos’s work is a deep commitment in examining and reconfiguring the patriarchal history and histories developed through feminist perspective of art and society. In the late 1970s Stathacos became associated with the art collective General Idea, eventually moving to New York and sharing a studio with the group’s founders, AA Bronson, Felix Partz and Jorge Zontal. She founded Expanded Art Ideas, an innovative art education program for Artists’ Space, NYC and directed the program until 2016. She launched MOMMY, a web site celebrating women artists with artist Susan Silas in 2011. She is a founding Director of Dongyu Gatsal Ling Initiatives, a non- profit organization that works to help Tibetan Buddhist women practitioners in India and Tibet, inspired by the life work of Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo.
Selected exhibitions include: 1-900 Mirror Mirror, The Breeder, Frieze NYC, 2017, premiered as a solo show at Andrea Rosen Gallery New York 1993/ The Banquet: Ephemera Office Enterprise in collaboration with Hunter Reynolds, Participant Inc. NYC, 2017, first exhibited at Thread Waxing Space, 1992/ The Wish Machine, Grand Central Station under the auspices of Creative Time Inc., 1997 / Pythia’s Warm Breath in Oracle Drawings, Parliament of Bodies, Documenta 14, 2017 curated by Paul B. Preciado and Sozita Goudouna / AA Bronson’s Garden of Earthly Delights, Kunstverein Salzburg, 2015. Sarce du Printemps, Kunstverein Graz, 2015. The Temptation of AA Bronson, Witte de With Centre for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam, 2013 / The Abortion Project, a collaboration with Kathe Burkhart, Artists Space, Simon Watson Gallery, Real Art Ways, Hallwalls and New Langton Arts between 1990 and 1993. Stathacos’ s work is included in numerous public collections, including the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo; the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria; Castellani Art Museum, Lewiston; the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; and the Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester. Stathacos has received awards from the Art Matters Foundation, the Japan Foundation and the Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Foundation.