Stefania Strouza
Currents and Currencies

Stefania Strouza’s first solo exhibition in Greece opens on Wednesday, 11 October 2017 at a.antonopoulou.art.


In her new solo exhibition, sculptor Stefania Strouza uncovers the analogies between currents and currencies, focusing on the connections that they establish between territories, populations, discourses, and economies.

From the first aquatic flow of the mythical river Potamos up to contemporary information circuits, currents act as mediators for the appearance of a series of topological formations. In parallel, the earliest currency is embodied in the form of seashells used in maritime trade. The artist explores these historical and metaphorical ties between flows and currencies, thus blurring the boundaries between nature, culture, and economy. 
The exhibition transforms these ideas into a series of sculptural works that oscillate between connectivity and disjuncture, liquidity and “petrification”. Three materials—marble, aluminium and silicon—refer to the different flows of matter within historical time, from the slow-moving currents of the ancient world, to the faster-paced industrial epoch and finally to the accelerated era of the post-industrial. Finally, the motif of accumulation of flows, objects and concepts takes the form of a large-scale textile, a fluid diagram in dialogue with the hybrid objects of the installation.

Stefania Strouza has recently returned to Athens, Greece. She is a graduate of Architecture from the National Technical University of Athens and has completed two postgraduate programs, the first at the Institute “Art, Space and Nature” of Edinburgh College of Art (2010) and the second at the department of Textual Sculpture in the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna (2015). Her practice examines the relationship between cultural history and fictive events and their manifestation in contemporary aesthetic discourses.
She has presented her work in several institutions in Greece and abroad: Bauhaus Foundation Dessau, Germany; Wiener Art Foundation, Austria (solo); Neue Galerie, Innsbruck, Austria (solo); Athens & Epidaurus Festival, Athens, Greece (solo); BOZAR Brussels, Belgium; National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens, Greece; Kunsthalle Athena, Athens, Greece. Strouza is among the recipients of the 2017 Award of the National Bank of Greece for Emerging Artists, the 2015 Diploma Award of the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, the 2014 Caritas Hotel Design Award and the 2012 BAT (British American Tobacco) Art Award.
In 2016, she was an artist-in-residence at the Bauhaus Foundation Dessau (DE) and at the Seeger Center for Hellenic Studies in Princeton University (US).  In autumn 2017 her work will be presented in the Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art and in 2018 she will be an artist-in-residence in Mexico City with the support of the Austrian Ministry of Culture.
Exhibition duration: October 12 – November 25, 2017
Communication sponsor: culturenow.gr

Exhibition Opening:
Wednesday, 11 October 2017, 19:00-23:00

Exhibition Duration:
October 12 – November 25, 2017

Visiting Hours:
Wed-Fri 2-8 p.m. and Saturday 12-4 p.m.