Rania Bellou “Memory for Forgetfulness”
On Thursday 6 October 2011, Kalfayan Galleries in Athens, Greece between 20:00 and 22:00, will present Rania Bellou's solo exhibition "Memory of Forgetfulness". The exhibition is comprised of two audio-visual installations as well as a series of drawings on silk membrane.
According to the artist, the exhibition ‘Memory for Forgetfulness' is composed of a fragmented and intentionally shattered ‘archive' of personal memories. Everyday objects and objects seen only through narratives become mementos of a past that always slips away. Based on the Proustian model of subjective memory as a recreation of the past, the works ‘force' the return to ‘personal' memories. Such a return though cannot be equal to a thorough recreation of a past situation but only through a ‘free' journey among blurred and vague mental images with its intentional forgetfulness".
"The collection of the old photo albums is followed by their decomposition and re-composition into gossamer drawings which cover rather than uncover the material traces of photographic meetings, regaining and recreating the past". As Bellou states regarding the drawings at the show, she says that "looking at the depicted strangers, the old fashioned clothes in contrast to their contemporary faces, listening to their voices, we are transferred to personal dark rooms waiting for the mystery that hides in their lives, to appear".
Regarding the installation ‘An Object of Memory' (2011), the artist explains that "a trite object creates multiple and different narratives. Seventeen voices try to reinterpret the past, focusing on the ‘forgotten', in common and at the same time personal memories". In the video installation ‘Archival Impulse' (2011), she attempts the re-examination of the present through instantaneous imprints of the images as a recording of light, leaving its traces to fade in time.
The Greek artist, Rania Bellou graduated from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London in Scenography (M.A.) and from the School of Fine Arts at the Aristotelian University in Thessaloniki, Greece. She lives and works in London. She has participated in various exhibitions and art festivals in Greece and abroad, such as in Albania, Switzerland, USA, Mexico and England. Recent exhibitions include: In 2011 a solo show at Kalfayan Galleries, Athens, a group exhibition at Ex-Teresa Museum of Contemporary Art in Mexico City and a group show at the National School for the Arts, Mexico City. In 2010 she exhibited at the 2nd Moscow International Biennale for Young Art titled ‘Que Vive', the LUCCADigitalPHOTOFest in Lucca Italy, KODRA International Festival Action Field KODRA 10 (10th Visual Arts Festival), Thessaloniki and at the ‘Oasis and A-oasis' (group show) at the Skironio Museum Polychronopoulos in Greece, among other venues. In 2008 she won 1st Prize in a competition sponsored by the Yiannis and Zoe Spyropoulos Foundation. In 2009 she exhibited at the ‘Summer Exhibition' of The Royal Academy of Arts in London, at the 2nd Thessaloniki Biennial of Contemporary Art (Exhibition: ‘1001+1 Praxis'). In the same year Kalfayan Galleries (Thessaloniki) presented her solo show titled ‘Living in a Cerebral Fortress'.
Don't miss the exhibition "Memory for Forgetfulness" in Athens, Greece.
Monday & Saturday: 10.00 - 15.00
Tuesday - Friday: 10.00 - 20.00