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Georgia Kotretsos is a visual artist, researcher and professional spectator based in Athens, Greece. She moved to South Africa in her early teens while the abolition of apartheid was underway. Kotretsos holds an MFA Degree from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago on a Full Merit Scholarship (2004) in the United States and a BFA Degree from the Durban Institute of Technology, in KwaZulu Natal, (2000) in South Africa. With her work, she critiques the conformity of seeing by studying, proposing and practicing liberating and anarchic approaches of looking at art in an effort to support that seeing is site-specific and spectatorial emancipation the source of our art knowledge. Through her research-based practice, she encourages speculative approaches on how knowledge is and/or could be produced. She is the recipient of numerous awards, fellowships and scholarships, and has shown her work at the Onassis Art Center, NY; the Asian Society, NY; the Tinguely Museum, Basel, La Kunsthalle Mulhouse; the Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, and the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Athens among other institutions in Greece and abroad. Kotretsos co-founded Boots Contemporary Art Space in St. Louis, MO (2006-10). In addition she founded and edited BootPrint (2006-10), a biannual journal made by and for artists.  Between 2009-13 she served as the columnist of the Inside the Artist’s Studio for the PBS Arts Feature, Art21 Magazine. In 2014 her column was published on LABKULTUR.TV in Germany. In 2019 Kotretsos founded the nonprofit THE ΤΕΛΟΣ SOCIETY, arts & culture research lab observatorium in Athens, Greece.

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