Living in a Cerebral Fortress
10 September - 21 November, 2009
Rania Bellou was born in 1982 in Thessaloniki, Greece. She lives and works in London. She is a multi-media artist, whose work questions the boundaries between reality and illusion, real and unreal using fragments from the passage of time. Rania Bellou is represented by Kalfayan Galleries, Athens – Thessaloniki.
MA Scenography, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London.
Exchange Program (3 months), Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst, Zurich.
Painting, School of Fine Arts, Thessaloniki.
Set design (atelier of A.Vettas), School of Fine Arts, Thessaloniki, Greece.
Photography (atelier of G.Katsaggelos, Director of the Thessaloniki Cinema Museum), University of Fine Arts, Thessaloniki.
Printmaking (atelier of E.Giannadakis), University of Fine Arts, Thessaloniki.
AWARDS & DISTINCTIONS
Finalist, Young Mediterranean Artistic Scene Prize, Paris, France.
1st Prize, Jannis and Zoe Spyropoulos Foundation, Athens, Greece.
Royal College of Art Sculpture residency at studio 60 : RCA, with Richard Wentworth.
Falu Konstgrafiska Verkstad/The Print Workshop, Falun, Sweden.
"Immortal Love or Ode to the Past", Kalfayan Galleries, Athens.
"The Story, like all Stories, is Incomplete", Taymour Grahne Gallery, NY, USA.
“One Story at a Time”, Action Field Kodra 2014: “I Need A Hero”, Thessaloniki.
“Forty Floating Moons”, Kalfayan Galleries, Athens.
“Between I and Me”, Europe House, London.
“Memory for Forgetfulness”, Kalfayan Galleries, Athens.
“Living in a Cerebral Fortress” (curator: Dorothea Konteletzidou), Kalfayan Galleries, Thessaloniki.
GROUP EXHIBITIONS (SELECTION)
"Taking Roots", (curated by Orestis Andreadakis), Thessaloniki International Film Festival, 58th TIFF, Peer A, Thessaloniki, Greece
"2 decades +", Spyropoulos Awards", (curated by Olga Daniylopoulou), Vorres Museum, Athens, Greece.
"In Retrospect", (curated by Kostopoulos and Rena Pitsaki), Action Field Kodra, Thessaloniki, Greece.
"The Garden Sees", (curated by Anna Kafetsi), Megaron, Athens, Greece.
"A Certain Blue of the Seas" (curated by Sozita Goudouna), Ioanian Parlament, Corfu, Greece.
"Good Painting", (curated by Yasmina Reggard), Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde, Dubai, UAE.
"The Human Condition II, Don't you think it's time for Love? (curated by Viktor Misiano) MMOMA, Moscow, Russia
"Typography as an act of Art",( curated by Syrago Tsiara and Maria Tsantsanoglou), State Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, Greece
Massage the History, (curated by Panos Giannikopoulos, ISET), Athens, Greece.
"Erotimatiko", Young Mediterranean Artistic Prize (shortlisted artists), ArtCurial, Paris, France.
"The Infinitives to Images", (curated by Haris Savvopoulos), Helexpo Art Lab, Thessaloniki, Greece.
"Ksenophobia, Can Gallery, Athens, Greece.
Antallaxima, (curated by Syrago Tsiara), Mytilene, Greece
Miami Art Basel (Film Section) curated by David Gryn, USA.
Re-Culture III (curated by D. Konteledgizou), Patra, Greece.
“Body Memory” (curated by Syrago Tsiara), Contemporary Art Center, Thessaloniki, Greece.
“Afresh. A new generation of Greek artists”, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens, Greece.
Aegeanale 2013, Kivotos Art Projects, Mykonos island, Greece.
“Inconclusive Analysis”, III Moscow International Biennale for Young Art, Moscow.
"British Perception" (Curated by Javier Caderón), National School of Arts (UNAM), Mexico City.
“London Screen” (Curated by Javier Caderón), Ex-Teresa Museum, Mexico City.
“Shape and Material”, the Vyner Studio, London.
LuccaDigitaPhotoFest, Lucca, Italy.
Action Field KODRA 10 (10th Visual Arts Festival), Thessaloniki.
"Qui Vive?" MMoMA projects, 2nd Moscow International Biennale for Young Art (curators: Sergey Erkov, Daria Kamyshnikova), Moscow (catalogue).
“Oasis and A-oasis”, (curators: Dimitris Mihalaros and Panayiotis Famelis), Skironeio Museum Polychronopoulos, Megara, Greece.
Art Athina: Exhibition with works by the Winners of the Jannis and Zoe Spyropoulos Foundation Award, Athens. (Rania Bellou: 1st prize/2008)
Active Resistance to Propaganda, Bloomsbury Ballroom, Forbidden London
Organised by Vivienne Westwood, London, U.K.
Acava Open studios, Unit 110-111 Mare Street, London.
Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts (co-coordinators: Ann Christopher, Eileen Cooper and Will Alsop), London (catalogue).
“1001+1 Praxis” (curator: Dorothea Konteletzidou), French Institute, 2nd Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art, Greek State Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki (catalogue).
“Siteshow @ Little Venice” (curators: John O'Hora and Jung Eun Yoo), London.
“Kiss Me Miss Me Presents 15 Minute Factory”, The Rug Factory, London.
“Treble R”, The Rug Factory, London.
“Animate: Space Live”, The Others Gallery, London.
Festival of Contemporary Performance, Camden People�s Theatre, London.
Action Field Kodra-06, Exhibition: “Rooms to Let”, Cultural organization of the Municipality of Kalamaria, Thessaloniki (catalogue).
Scenoworks 2006, Lethaby Gallery, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London.
Festival der Künste im Toni-Areal, Zurich.
Video Art Festival Miden 2006, Kalamata, Greece.
“Co-existence”, Gallery Zina Athanasiadou, Thessaloniki.
Workshops Center of Contemporary Art Thessaloniki, (catalogue).
Rondgenplatz – ein portrait Zurich.
“Pixel Dance Festival” (organizers: In Flux Art Group), Army Field Kodra, Thessaloniki.
Onufri 2005, (curator: Eleni Laper), National Gallery Tirana, Albania (catalogue).
“Graduates 2003-2005”, Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki (catalogue).
Action Field Kodra-05, Exhibition: “Rooms to Let”, Cultural organization of the Municipality of Kalamaria, Thessaloniki (catalogue).
space [ ], (curator: Christos Savvidis), Mark Goethe Gallery (catalogue with essays by Dr. Sania Pappa, Maria Kenanidou).
Film & video tutor, Urban Academy, Kids Company, London, UK.
GRANTS and FELLOWSHIPS
Scholarship of the Onassis Foundation.
Scholarship of the State Scholarship Foundation. (I.K.Y.)
Scholarship of the State Scholarship Foundation. (I.K.Y.)