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Portraits: My own Heterotopia
6 June - 30 June| free
Dates: Thursday, 6 June – Sunday, 30 June 2019
Venue: Space B, Spazju Kreattiv
Price: Free entrance
“He who cannot love, can never transform the serpent, and then nothing is changed”. – Carl Jung
Maria Papacharalambous has been engaged with and studying the theme of transformation for quite some time. Questioning the rigid lines of separation between artistic, philosophical and scientific research, her goal is to co-create social spaces of Eudaimonia (ευ-δαιμονία: of good spirits and prosperity). We are thus invited to enter another, heterotopic space, where our demons can be transformed into positive traits and where we can be tuned into a collective enterprise of adding positive valences to the world that surrounds us.
The soft sculptures presented were created out of the artist’s wish to paint without using the traditional materials of a painter. All the materials used have been found; collected over many years and sewed together to create an experience that harnesses the symbolic power of natural processes of transformation, like that of snakes shedding their skins. Sometimes imbued with materials that carry a difficult history (like refugees’ clothes, remnants of periods of mourning), she rehearses ways for a new connection between the ‘I’ and the ‘We’ and brings together heterogeneous elements in order to discover harmonious and hidden commonalities that lead to Truth (Α-λήθεια) and a forgotten well-being (ευ-ζην).
Humour plays an important role, as it brings a light-heartedness to the collective labour of transformation and allows the work to remain almost weightless and without darkness. The exhibition space is only complete when the viewers come into contact with the works and partake in the process of uncovering new techniques and processes of transforming consciousness and the world around us.
Maria Papacharalambous (b. Nicosia, 1964) studied at the Athens School of Fine Arts (ASFA), graduating with distinction in 1991 and supplemented her studies at the Athens National Conservatory (I982-88). She continued her post-graduate studies at the Facultad de Bellas Artes, Universidad Complutence in Madrid (1991-92) and at the MIDE Museum, Universidad de Castilla la Mancha in Cuenca in 1993. She recently completed studies of Counseling, Life Coaching and NLP in the Department of Psychology of the Aegean University as well as studies of Philosophical Counseling in the Department of Philosophy of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. As a visual artist she has shown fifteen solo exhibitions and has represented Cyprus in different European and International exhibitions/festivals in the fields of painting, photography, engraving, video art and video-animation, installation, architecture, stage and costume design, visual poetry and music after selection by the Ministry of Education and Culture of Cyprus and other cultural organizations abroad. She has collaborated with various theatrical groups, as well as the national theater, as a stage and costume designer and worked on seventeen theatrical plays. Since 2006, she has been representing Cyprus at the International group FemLink (one woman video artist from each country). She is the co –creator of ARTos Foundation and ResArt in Nicosia, as well of ResArt -Happy places. In 2011 she created the socio-artistic movement “Common Reflections” which is involved in artistic and activist actions, dedicated to research, creativity and the meaning of «ευ ζην» (good life) as social sculpture. She has been awarded for her work in different areas of art. http://www.maria-papacharalambous.net
Evagoras Vanezis (b. 1988, Nicosia) is an independent curator and arts writer. He is a board member of the Visual Artists Association Cyprus / EI.KA. Curatorial work includes Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast (We Are Bud, Athens, December 2018), Ecstatic Textures (for the program Modus Operandi 2017: Young Artists from Cyprus), Vanity: How to Enjoy Burning Bridges You Haven’t Built (as part of the curatorial collective Scale Appropriate, Nicosia, February 2017). His essays have been included in several exhibitions catalogues and art publications. Recent writing work includes Work, Placement, Testimony (for the Imago Mundi 2018 catalogue, Benetton Foundation), Uncredited Orchestra (on the work of Peter Eramian, fAN Kunstverein, Vienna), Exhaustion (on the work of Phanos Kyriakou, Point Centre for Contemporary Art, Nicosia).
- 6 June
- 30 June
- Event Category:
- Visual Arts
St James Cavalier
Castille Place, Valletta VLT1060 Malta
- Creative Team
- Artist: Maria Papacharalambous, Curator: Evagoras Vanezis
- With the participation of
- Graphics by Nico Stephou
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