Arodo by Karolina Krasouli
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The Grey Noise gallery in Dubai has arranged Arodo by Greek artist Karolina Krasouli. This exhibition, which borrows its title from a nautical term describing the temporary stop of a ship outside a port, features her photos, minimalist paintings, drawings, and sketches. One will be able to look at them until the 7th of November, 2023.

With her practice lying at the intersection of abstraction and figuration, the artist aims to “represent optical phenomena related to memory and language” rather than provide an immediate grasp of an image/object. Through reading and writing, Krasouli extracts a set of operations where meanings and sensations are transcribed without the support of language. She uses colour and light to replace its role and functions. 

Karolina Krasouli, Arodo (installation view). Grey Noise, Dubai, 2023.

The artist mostly draws her inspiration from literature. For example, one of the series of her paintings is inspired by Anafi’s folklore. She discovered the tales in the book about this Greek island community, which is based on research on the island by folklorist Stefanos Imellos. 

Karolina Krasouli, Untitled (metal in water), 2022. Photo: A. Masmanidi.

About the artist

Karolina Krasouli (b. 1984, Athens, Greece) resides in her hometown. After studying Clinical Psychology in Greece and France, she entered the École des Beaux-Arts de Lyon and graduated in 2014 with an MFA degree. In 2015, she co-founded Alfabeto, a group for research on the concept of transmission in art. It organised a series of lectures and exhibitions at the French Academy (Rome, Italy). 

Krasouli has showcased her works in a plethora of exhibitions staged in different museums, art galleries, and institutions across several countries, such as One Minute Space (OMS) (Athens, 2023); Embassy of Greece (London, UK, 2022); Archaeological museum of Agios Nikolaos (Crete, France, 2021); City of Athens Arts Centre, Parko Eleftherias (Athens, 2021); La vitrine, Frac île de France, le plateau (Paris, France, 2020); Daily Lazy et Kunstraum am Schauplatz (Vienna, Austria, 2019); Biennale de Rennes (France, 2016); Villa Medici (Italy, 2015); and many others. 

Karolina Krasouli, Near-Rhyme, 2015. Oil on canvas, table. 20 x 30 cm.
Installation view, Le Creux de l’Enfer, Thiers, 2015.

In 2013, the artist worked with Moyra Davey (a renowned photographer, essayist and filmmaker). She took part in the making of Davey’s short film Les Goddesses, a visual essay on French novelist and playwright Jean Genet.

In 2015, Krasouli received a two-year fellowship for a residency at the Cité des Arts in Paris. In 2019, she was granted a fellowship of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation’s Artist Fellowship Program, Artworks. Krasouli was also an artist in residence at the Delfina Foundation (London, 2022). 

To get more information about the Arodo exhibition, please visit its official web page.

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