Maria Papanikolaou is a PhD candidate at the Athens School of Fine Arts. Her research is titled Art & Political Action in Athens 1973-2008-Artistic Interventions in public space.
In her research Maria handles with theoretical issues relevant to urban art, graffiti, activist art, culture jamming and other practices in public space, which are to found on the borderline between two fields: Art and Political Action.
She is currently a Fulbright Visiting Research Scholar at the New York University where she is carrying out the research project From Graffiti in New York to Athens Street Art. In 2008 she won the the Best Thesis Prize of Royal Academy of Arts in The Netherlands for her thesis The Art of Resisting/Art Resisting.
Book Chapter: Papanikolaou M. (2012). Art in Protest. In P. Arapinis (Ed.), Counterculture: The rise of a new social subject (pp. 103-112). Sparta, Greece: Idiomorfi.