Born in Greece, Stefania Strouza lives and works in Athens and New York.
Her practice explores how cultural narratives of diverse origins (such as archaic cultures, indigenous cosmologies, or European modernity) move across space to generate new cross-cultural syncretisms. Her sculptures and installations combine material objects—either man-made or natural—that connect contemporary reality with forgotten or suppressed ways of human existence.
Strouza reformulates historically specific forms—such as antique maps, architectural details, or textile designs— in non-representational, abstract ways, revealing unexpected meanings that cast doubt on established cultural hierarchies. Sometimes appearing as autonomous entities, at other times composing an architectural environment, her works invite the viewer to focus on the physicality of the objects, rather than eliciting primarily a cognitive response.
Her work has been featured in exhibitions at Pinta Miami 2018, the Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art in Greece, the Bauhaus Foundation in Dessau, the Wiener Art Foundation (solo), the Neue Galerie Innsbruck (solo), the Athens & Epidaurus Festival (solo), the BOZAR in Brussels, and the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Athens, among others. In 2016 she was an artist-in-residence at the Seeger Center for Hellenic Studies of Princeton University and the Bauhaus Foundation in Dessau. She spent the spring of 2018 in Mexico City in a residency program supported by the Austrian Federal Chancellery. She is the recipient of the ARTWORKS Award of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, the Emerging Artists Award of the National Bank of Greece, and the Diploma Award from the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna.
In 2019 Strouza was an artist-in-residence at MANA Contemporary in New Jersey and participated in the exhibition The Palace at 4 a.m. at the Archaeological Museum of Mykonos with a new work commissioned by NEON Organisation.