Seeger Center for Hellenic Studies
To a Certain Degree Sacredness
is in the Eye of the Beholder
Stanley J. Seeger Visiting Research Fellow, Hellenic Studies
Respondent: Spyros Papapetros, Architecture
Stefania Strouza’s artistic practice focuses on aspects of a migrating modernity, seen as an open-ended process that plays a crucial role in the circulation of objects, humans, and collective imaginaries. More specifically, her project “To a Certain Degree Sacredness is in the Eye of the Beholder” emphasizes on the eastern Mediterranean region as the merging—or colliding—point of ideological and historical forces between the “West” and the “Orient.” Its point of departure consists of two journeys that “meet” on the Greek terrain: the journey to Athens by representatives of modernism for the Congrès Internationaux d’Architecture Moderne (CIAM) in 1933 and the journey of Euripides' Medea in the 1969 film by Pier Paolo Pasolini. These voyages are the “building material” (Baumaterial) for a series of installations that trace back upon these narratives, in an attempt to retrieve their contemporary undertone. This presentation of the project will focus on the relation of arts-based research and fictional accounts as two complementary methodologies of formulating an aesthetic and discursive space. It will ultimately propose the notions of materiality and abstraction as artistic strategies for the engagement with diverse cultural materials and the production of meaning.
Stefania Strouza is an artist and architect based in Vienna and Athens. She is a graduate of Architecture from the National Technical University of Athens (2007) and of the Sculpture Department of the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna (2015). In her practice she examines the relationship between cultural history and fictive events 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, Greece (solo); BOZAR Brussels, Belgium; National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens, Greece; Kunsthalle Athena, Athens, Greece. In 2016 she was a researcher at the Bauhaus Foundation Dessau and she was recently awarded the Mexico Artist Residency of the Austrian Ministry of Culture.
Friday, December 9, 2016
Scheide Caldwell House, Room 103
Supported by The Christos G. and Rhoda Papaioannou Modern Greek Studies Fund