Kleri grew up in Larissa. She studied Stage and Costume Design in the Fine Art School of Nafplio and completed two MA degrees in London: Cultural Studies (UAL) and Curating (Kingston University). Through a rich and varied route, including working in London in diverse environments (from museums and galleries to music halls and restaurants), she discovered her passion for intangible heritage and, in particular, for researching gastronomy as a form of cultural heritage and cultural identity. She went on to receive support from the (UK) Heritage Lottery Fund for her oral history project ‘Greek and Greek Cypriot Gastronomy in London: an Ethnography’ that documents the culinary heritage of these London communities.
Her work in Germany in START (2018) shows her continued exploration of the relationship between food and memory as a form of national identity and its sociocultural boundaries. Her project ‘The Heritage of Taste’, an archive and festival dedicated to culinary culture in Greece, is inspired by the phrase “sharing is caring” and based on her research as a START Fellow. She aims to build this into an annual festival and archive sharing food, memories, knowledge and experience and exploring food from every possible and creative angle!