Old faded photographs, inspiration for stories
Rania Bellou was born in Thessaloniki in 1982. In 2005, she graduated from the Fine Arts School of the Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki and went on to complete an MA in Scenography at the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, in London. In 2008, she was awarded the first Giannis Spyropoulos prize by the Spyropoulou Foundation.
As she mentions to ellines.com, she knew what she wanted to do from a very young age, and this is where all her decisions were based. Asked what Greece means to her, she answers: “Greece is my roots. It is my family, my past”. If she had to focus one of her works on Greece, she would depict
ancient greek statues and monuments next to people of that time.
Rania Bellou has participated in exhibitions and festivals in Greece and abroad (Switzerland, Albania, England, USA, Mexico). In 2009, she took part in the “Summer Exhibition” at the Royal College of Arts in London as well as the 2nd Contemporary Art Bienial of Thessaloniki, while Kalfayan Galleries presented an exhibition of her works in Thessaloniki, under the title “Living in a Cerebral Fortress”.
In 2010, she participated in the 2nd International Biennale for Young Art «Qui vive?» in Moscow, the Italian LUCCA DigitalPHOTOFest, the KODRA International Festival Action Field KODRA 10 in Thessaloniki, as well as the group exhibition ‘Oasis and A-oasis’ at Skironio Museum Polychronopoulos, in Megara. In 2011, her works were exhibited at the Ex-Teresa Museum of Contemporary Art and the National School For The Arts in Mexico City, as part of group shows.