Georgia Kotretsos is a visual artist and researcher based in Athens, Greece. She moved to South Africa from Thessaloniki, Greece in her early teens while the abolition of apartheid was underway. She attained a BFA Degree in South Africa before she moved to the States to pursue an MFA degree at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
With her work, she critiques the conformity of seeing by studying, proposing and practicing liberating and anarchic approaches of looking at art in an effort to support that seeing is site-specific and spectatorial emancipation the source of our art knowledge. Through her research-based practice, she encourages speculative and subjective approaches of how knowledge is and/or could be produced.
Parallel with her work, it was in 2006 when Kotretsos began her research on artists studios by engaging with sites of art at its making. During this on-going inquisitive journey she spoke to her peers – the artists of the 21st century as they envisioned their agency in relation to their contemporary practices, lives and studios.
Her own work found to concur with her action to co-found the five-year art project Boots Contemporary Art Space in St. Louis, MO – a contemporary art laboratory (2006-10). In addition she founded and edited Boot Print (2006-10), a biannual journal made by and for artists.
Her work has been presented at the Asian Society, NY, the 4th Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art; the Tinguely Museum Basel, La Kunsthalle Mulhouse, the Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art Thessaloniki, and at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis among other institutions in Greece and abroad.
Currently she is working on her collaborative project entitled Socially engaged? Better, socially married!, on SIRENSWAVE – an art project taking place online in collaboration with Kutloano Skosana Ricci, on KLIMA – a research, a new body of work and a volume in the making with Carolina Trigo and on the collaborative project entitled IMAGINARY REPUBLIC with Brandon LaBelle, Helene Frichot, Lise Skou and Diego Rotman.
Tomorrow, on Friday, March 4th, she will be taking part in the group exhibition Overseas curated by Galini Notti at the ACG Gallery in Athens. She will be showing her work Once Upon a Time The Story of Art: Retold 2nd edition 2014. And at last but not least, on Thursday, April 7th 2016 she will be participating in the group exhibition Natura Morte curated by Maria Maragkou at the Contemporary Art Museum of Crete where she will be showing the Holographs series among other works.
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