Edition print of 40 by Karolina Krasouli for ‘SECCMA Trade: Details of Love’, a project curated Kostas Stasinopoulos organized by SECCMA Trust, with all profits in support of Emantes – International Lgbtqia+ Solidarity.
Karolina Krasouli was born in Athens in 1984. Following her studies in Clinical Psychology (Greece and France), she obtained a Master’s in Fine Arts at the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Lyon, in 2014. Whether in painting, photography, or film, her works explore the intersection of abstraction and figuration. Through a process of reading and writing, she extracts a set of operations for ‘rewriting’ meanings and sensations, seeking to invent a novel language. In 2015, she co-founded Alfabeto, a group for theoretical and practical research on the concept of transmission in art; Alfabeto organised a series of lectures and exhibitions at the French Academy in Rome. In 2015, she received a two-year fellowship for a residency at the Cité des Arts in Paris. In 2019 she was a fellow of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation’s Artist Fellowship Program, Artworks. From January to March 2022, she was artist in residence at the Delfina Foundation in London. She has participated in exhibitions including Mines and Minerals (Mega Livadi, Serifos, 2021); Unhappy Monuments (Eleftherias Park, Athens, 2020); Bring me the sunset in a cup (solo exhibition, La vitrine, Frac île de France, le plateau, Paris, 2020); Some fortune cookies contain no fortune (sound work, Gabriella, 3 137, Athens, 2019); Curved Arrows (Daily Lazy et Kunstraum am Schauplatz, Vienna, 2019); Collection. La composante Peintures (museum collection exhibition, Frac Bretagne, Rennes, 2019); L’Incompatible Vugo (Pauline Perplexe, Paris 2018); Stopping Point (Daily Lazy, Athens, 2018); Sens dedans dehors (galerie Nicolas Sillin, Paris, 2017); Raw Material (galerie Eva Meyer, January 2017); A thousand hours (solo exhibition, Galerie Raymond Hains, Saint-Brieuc, 2016), Incorporated! (Biennale de Rennes, 2016); L’inconnue de la Seine (La Tôlerie, Clermont-Ferrand, 2016); 60e Salon de Montrouge (Paris, 2015); L’Analfabeto (Villa Medici, 2015); Les Enfants du Sabbat (Le Creux de l’Enfer, Thiers, 2015).
Emantes – International Lgbtqia+ Solidarity is a Social Cooperative Enterprise based in Athens, Greece, that was founded in July 2018 by experienced volunteers in the LGBTQIA+ refugee field as well as in feminist and/or queer groups. Some of the founding members were refugees/asylum seekers at the time. Emantes’ mission is twofold. On the one hand, they provide direct or indirect psychosocial support to LGBTQIA+ refugees/asylum seekers. On the other hand, they raise awareness on the issues the LGBTQIA+ refugee/migrant community faces, by highlighting the multiple repressions posed by its dual identity and its invisibility within the general refugee/migrant population. Emantes means “we” in kaliarda, the slang used by homosexuals in Greece during the 1940s, in order to safely communicate with one another. In modern Greek, “imantes” means straps, which to Emantes are a symbol of solidarity. Straps can lift or hold together very heavy objects. So, in a way, Emantes understand and envision solidarity through diversity and adversity, a connection with “others” in the most unlikely combinations.
SECCMA Trust is a creative venture of SERAPIS that aims to form an alliance supporting the growth and expansion of contemporary art locally and internationally.