Stefania Strouza
Stefania Strouza’s artistic practice explores cultural narratives of diverse origins and historical epochs (such as the Mediterranean antiquity, indigenous cosmologies, or the European avant-garde). It examines the spatial mobility of such narratives, the exchange of forms and symbols across large distances, and the cross-cultural syncretisms that emerge from it. She animates these ideas through sculpture and installation. Her working method engages primarily with processes of abstraction. She investigates how historically specific forms—such as antique maps or archeological fragments—can be reformulated in non-representational ways in order to express ideas of cultural diffusion. In this process, she often combines traditional sculptural materials such as cement, marble and aluminum together with textiles, leather, plastic bags, seashells and plants, to create hybrid works that oscillate between permanence and transience. Through their abstract form and composite materiality, the works draw associations between the symbolic world of objects and notions of temporality, history, geography and the body.
Solo Exhibitions
Stefania Strouza is a Greek artist based in Athens. She has participated in exhibitions in Greece and abroad, amongst others at a.antonopoulou.art gallery (solo), Pinta Miami 2018, the 6th Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art, the Wiener Art Foundation (solo), the Neue Galerie Innsbruck (solo), the Athens & Epidaurus Festival (solo), the BOZAR in Brussels, and the National Museum of Contemporary Art Athens. She held artist residencies at the Seeger Center for Hellenic Studies at Princeton University (2016); the Bauhaus Foundation Dessau (2016); the Mexico City Residency of the Austrian Federal Chancellery for Art (2018); Mana Contemporary New Jersey (2018-19) and at CCA Andratx, Majorca (2020). Strouza is the recipient of the ARTWORKS Award of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation and the Emerging Artists Award of the National Bank of Greece. In 2019 she participated in the exhibition The Palace at 4 a.m. at the Mykonos Archaeological Museum with a work commissioned by the NEON.