Zacharopoulou Katerina (1958)

She was born in Athens in 1958. She studied painting at the Art Workshop for Experimental Research in Athens (1982-1987). She attended educational seminars on contemporary art at the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris (1990-1994). Her first solo exhibition with paintings was held in Athens in 1988 (Seasons gallery). She signed her early works as Katy Frangou. In 1997-98 she received grants from the American Embassy, the Hellenic-American Union and the Chicago Artists International Program, which enabled her to work in Chicago (Chicago Cultural Center), where she had the opportunity to exhibit her art and organize educational programs.
The artistic work mainly includes constructions, installations, photography and videos. She explores the importance of memory and subjectivity in art, but also the unique relationship between artist and artwork, in relation to social customs and practices, history of art, and the place of women within social reality. One of the characteristic motifs of her art is her ‘Encasements’ series, referring to closed structures, like boxes or houses, with obvious theatrical features and allusions to long-standing stereotypes.
Alongside her artistic work, she excelled as a journalist and presenter of television and radio shows on contemporary art since 1993. She has worked with national and private mass media on art and culture programmes. Since 2003, she is producer and presenter of the show The Era of Images for ERT, the Greek state broadcaster (currently NERIT), where she interviews acclaimed Greek and foreign artists and other art people. She writes in newspapers and magazines, has taught in many private educational institutions, and is particularly interested and active in the field of education and contemporary art by regularly organizing workshops in museums and other organizations (Athens National Art Gallery, the National Museum of Contemporary Art, the Benaki Museum, et al.). She has been awarded by the World Council of Hellenes Abroad for her contribution to the dissemination of Greek creation in the U.S.A.
She has edited educational books and CD-ROMs (Playing with art and Art Station: Kastaniotis Publications, 1997-1998). Her book For the things that are missing, with interview transcripts from her shows, was published in 2010 (Agra Publications).
She has presented her work in 10 solo exhibitions and has participated in several group shows in Greece and abroad. Since 2000, she collaborates with Bernier-Eliades (Athens). Her latest exhibition-audio installation Asking (Greek Institute of Contemporary Art-iset, 2014) with interview extracts from her personal archival material, is about the management of art archives and their significance.