Georgia Kotretsos is a visual artist based in Athens, Greece. In her early teens, she moved to South Africa just before the abolition of Apartheid where she also later attained a BFA Degree from the Durban Institute of Technology, in KwaZulu Natal, (2000). In 2002 Kotretsos moved to Chicago where she completed her MFA Degree at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago on a Full Merit Scholarship (2004).
In her work she primarily focuses and critiques the conformity of seeing by studying, proposing and practicing liberating and anarchic approaches of looking in an effort to support that seeing is site-specific and audience members accountable for their art knowledge. Her practice is research based and whether it is manifested as an artwork, a text, a performance, or an interview, it always encourages speculative approaches to how knowledge is produced by resisting its traditional and historical acquisition.
She has exhibited her work in group exhibitions in Greece, as well as abroad and she has had five solo shows, her most recent being at the Maximilians Forum in Munich, Germany organized and curated by C9. She has participated and shown her works at: the 56th Venice Art Biennale
(Collateral event); the Asian Society, NY; 4th Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art; the Tinguely Museum; La Kunsthalle Mulhouse; the
Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art; and at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis among others.
Residencies: L’appartement22 (2014) in Rabat, Morocco; La Kunsthalle Mulhouse (2013); Arteles Residency Program (2011); Summer Studio Program Residency in Chicago at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2010) among others. In December she will be an artist-in-residency at the International artists in Bern program.
In 2014 she was nominated for the Future Generation Art Prize, The Victor Pinchuk Foundation, Kiev, Ukraine and for the Follow Fluxus 2014 Residency and Grant in Wiesbaden, Germany.
In 2013 she co-founded with artist, Natasha Papadopoulou the Athens based collective WOMEN WITH TALENTS.
In 2006 Kotretsos co-founded Boots Contemporary Art Space, St. Louis MO, USA, She then also founded and edited the Boot Print journal (2006-10). Between 2009-13 Kotretsos served as a columnist for the PBS Arts feature Art:21 with her monthly column “Inside the Artist’s Studio”. From 2013-14, her column was published by LABKULTUR.TV in Germany. She is currently editing a volume with artist/writer, Carolina Trigo entilted KLIMA (Climate).
Artist’s travel was supported by Deree, The American College of Greece.