About the Artist
Rania Bellou (b. 1982) is British-Greek who lives and works between London and Athens. 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. With a keen interest in micro-histories and the forgotten side of History, she delves into the past and draws material from ‘private’ archives found in antique markets. Subjecting these fragmented stories and objects to manipulation, rearrangement and juxtaposition, blending them with imagination, Bellou establishes new narratives, which suggest a perception of the world outside of time. In her latest works, a series of drawings on superimposed multiple layers of fragile paper raise questions on how we understand our past, how we relate it to the present and how we perceive material from bygone eras.
Rania Bellou holds an MA in Scenography from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design London and has studied Painting at the School of Visual and Applied Arts of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. In 2012 she was a resident at the Royal College of Art Sculpture (London), studio 60: RCA (Richard Wentworth). Bellou was a finalist of the Young Mediterranean Artistic Scene Prize in 2014. She has been awarded with an Onassis Foundation scholarship, a Stavros Niarchos Foundation fellowship and a Spyropoulos Foundation Prize. Bellou has participated in numerous exhibitions internationally.