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The Artist Wife of Controversial New Greek Finance Minister

stratouThe media attention on Greece’s newly appointed Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis has also turned to his wife, internationally known installation artist Danae Stratοu.
Stratou was born in Athens, Greece, in 1964. She graduated from London’s St. Martins College of Art and Design and now lives and works in Austin, Texas. She has represented Greece in the 48th Venice Biennale. Her long CV also shows she has participated in numerous international exhibitions, such as the Biennale in Valencia, Seville, Gyumri and Thessaloniki, and other major art fairs in Australia and Turkey.
desert06boxThe artist is related — on her father’s side–  to the Stratos family, who founded the Piraiki Patraiki textile industry in the Peloponnese, Greece’s largest textile industry in the past.
Her mother is Eleni Potaga-Stratou, a legend in modern Greek art, whose projects are hosted in galleries and venues in Greece and abroad.
Stratou’s main body of  work consists of large-scale outdoor and indoor installations. In her work she uses various media from natural elements, to digital technologies such as video, photography and sound as well as text, architectural components or metal constructions, thus creating tactile audiovisual environments and installations.
In 2010, she initiated and co-founded the non-profit organization Vital Space, a global, interdisciplinary, cross-media art platform addressing the pressing issues of our time.

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