Academic Year 2016-17
Stefania Strouza studied Architecture at the National Technical University of Athens. She then received her MFA Art, Space and Nature from the Edinburgh College of Art and in 2015 graduated from the department of Textual Sculpture in the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. She has presented her work in several solo and group exhibitions in Greece and abroad: Desk in Exile, Bauhaus Foundation Dessau, Germany, Shore, Wiener Art Foundation, Vienna, Austria (solo), To a certain degree sacredness is in the eye of beholder, Neue Galerie Innsbruck, Austria and Athens & Epidaurus Festival, Greece (solo), No country for young men, Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, Belgium, Afresh, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens, Greece, Summer in the Middle of Winter, Kunsthalle Athena, Athens, Greece, Preludes , Tent Gallery, Edinburgh, UK (solo), The Present Order, Sleeper Gallery, Edinburgh, UK (solo)
My artistic practice departs from the idea of the eastern Mediterranean region as the merging—or even colliding—point of ideological and historical forces between the “West” and the “Orient”. In my work I focus on the elements that mobilize these encounters. One such central element is modernity, seen as an open-ended process that plays a crucial role in the circulation of objects, humans, and collective imaginaries. Starting from the examination of historical and fictional journeys related to the region, my prospective research focuses on the Mediterranean terrain itself. Two conceptual elements are introduced: the “converging shore”, conceived as the documented space where a cultural encounter takes place and the “migrating form”, that is the objects that act as agents, mobilizing these encounters. Through the study of 20th century photographic collections of Greece and the related acquisitions of the Princeton Art Museum, I intend to discern those elements that introduce the eastern Mediterranean as an active site of geopolitical and social forces in contemporary aesthetic discourse.