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Hounta Zoe

Zoe Hounta was born in Athens. She studied architecture at the National Technical University of Athens and painting at the Athens School of Fine Arts. She has participated in several group exhibitions in Greece and was among the finalists at the International Art Competitions Art Laguna Prize held in Venice, Nord Art Prize in Germany and the Beijing International Art Biennale in China. Her latest work of figurative oil painting portraits relate to the politics of visibility on who is seen and why in response to topics and current political issues. Inspired by images found in the internet news, social media as well as by personal photographs from lived experience, she tries to explore themes related to gender and race, police brutality or identity performance. The people portrayed are painted from observation. The sitting poses create a physical proximity in order to explore the bidirectional relationships between the artist, the sitter and finally the viewer

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