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Rania Bellou
(Greece)

Born in 1982 in Thessaloniki, Greece
Lives in London

Memory for Forgetfulness. 2011. Pencil drawing on Japanese silk paper. Courtesy: Kalfayan Galleries, Athens–Thessaloniki.

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 archival material 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 a past. As Bellou states regarding the drawings, “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.”

July 2, 2014

On June 24 and 25, 4th Moscow International Biennale for Young Art began. 3069 applications by artists under 35 from 84 countries of the world were submitted for the competition, which lasted from November 2013 through March 2014. David Elliott, Artistic Director of the Biennale, proposed the motto A Time for Dreams as the general theme, and curated the main Biennale project, which presented works by 83 artists from 32 countries of the world.

June 17, 2014

The educational program of the Biennale, curated by Antonio Geusa and coordinated by Ekaterina Razdumina, is entitled Wise Advice, and aims at helping young artists to find answers to various questions that concern their creative growth and career development.