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Old earth, no more lies, I’ve seen you

This is the title of the Cyprus entry for this year’s 52nd Venice Biennial, which had its opening reception at the Cyprus Pavilion last night  at the Palazzo Malipiero and will open to the public from  June 10-November 21. It is curated by Denise Rrobinson
Haris Epaminonda and Mutafa Hulusi are representing Cyprus.
There is a film screening  programmed by JalalToufic, tonight Friday 8 June at the Multisala  Astra Cinema Venezia Lido.
The programme states
" old earth, no more lies,
 I’ve seen you…" brings us to the territory of the unconscious, of dreams, precisely because it comes to us from a breach – between one archive and another – in a strange a timely twist on what remains of modernism’s fascinations."
It also states …
 "What else could this pavilion for Cyprus represent than the risk of making work that raises doubt as to the truths of a culture? The works of Haris Epaminionda and Mustafa Hulusi in this pavilion show what might be at stake in the manipulation and circulation of images, while all the while being ‘possessed’ of them.
The question remains, how to construct a new ‘scene’ that is not compromised by the absorption of the failures of modernity. Failures also born of the fantasies of the enlightenment, and the international diplomacy that has trailed in its wake to leave a constellation of divided countries.
Haris Epaminonda

Haris  Epaminonda is an artist whose work is steeped in the play of time and image. Her intense short video sequences have been screened widely in Europe and throughout the Eastern Mediterranean over the past few years, often exhibited alongside her scathingly beautiful collages.
All Epaminonda’s works give a dark twist to their sources. Whether the collages composed from 1950s French magazine or found images of civic and religious monuments that, in her hands, lose their iconicity, as if attracted by space.
The three short, synchronised Tarahi videos in the exhibition are a montage of fragments taken from 1960s cinema. All of her work finds its source and appropriative force in the imagery that arises like a regular beat into our lives: through the transmissions of mass media. Here however the sources take on a potentiality, embalmed almost, for a different enervation of the sense.
Mustafa Hulusi
Mustafa Hului is an image-based conceptual artist. In the pavilion he presents an asemblage titled, The Elysian Paintings. These paintings have a tender, luminous quality, yet with a faint trace of the techniques of fascist propaganda, the bucolic ideal in communist propaganda, and the double nature of kitsch.
A Turkish Cypriot, part of the Diaspora, born in London, he returns to Cyprus regularly, taking photographs of fruit and flowers indigenous to the region. These photographs are transformed to become richly seductive large-scale paintings. While heightening the reality effect of their subject, they nevertheless picture a less solid flesh than we expect to find in this world.
The paintings move between techniques of commercial art and an intensification of the emotions, between rustic pleasure and something far darker -  what the artist calls ‘enchantment and estrangement".

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Faccia Lei

Remember Kikos Lanitis is one the artists in Faccia Lei – portraits in transition –in between cultural areas of contemporary art and is in the spaces of Spazio Thetis at Venice. Curated by Elena Agudio.

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 Erotica
 
Dinos Michaelides and Stelios Votsis are showing at Gallery Morphi
Dinos makes sweet little figurines showing realistic poses but all (I think so) never completely in the buff. Stelios, the master of lines (note the discreet phallic border patterning) is  always on the verge of saying no to fully frontal close ups. Both are rather shy but at least the sculptures and drawings can be put up on the wall in the dining room and will not upset the kiddies. Eros ? Cypriot males are more at home painting males.

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Colourful journey

There is a fine exhibition at Tehnis Dromena Gallery with very painterly paintings by newcomer Maria Spyrou.

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School shows
It’s the season of school exhibitions. Falcon had their’s last night while the American Academy, Larnaca have theirs this evening. This will continue until 12th June .

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Masala
Masala is an exhibition by three Cypriot-based artists whose work has been profoundly influenced by experiences in India: Lazaro Hadjisoteriou, Mary-Lynne Stadler and Raymond Wilson.
This closes tonight.
They all come from very different backgrounds and happened to met in Cyprus!
While each approaches the subject from a completely individual viewpoint, all successfully convey something of the essence of their experiences in India, whether through colours, subject matter or choice of medium.

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 Varnavas Varnava           

Varnava shows at Kypriaki Gonia, Larnaca. He was born in Kythrea and studied at the Thesalonika School of Fine Arts, Greece and has participated in many group exhibitions. His Kypriaki Gonia exhibition is his first one-man show.
Kyriakos Katzourakis the Art Critic comments on Varnava’s paintings:
" Varnava’s talent and inner wealth is almost immediately understood when someone first sees his painting. It is a kind of painting full of colour and simplicity, free of ostentation and self projection. It sounds self-evident, and perhaps it is somewhere deep inside, but nowadays when the artist is swamped with information, with a variety of images found everywhere, with the excessive image of reality as it is shown through the media, it is not self evident that one uses the austere means of painting to express complex issues.
A characteristic of the images that Varnavas puts on the surface is the chromatic scale which seems to defy the mainstream applications. He sometimes matches dissimilar aspects with the inner necessity of colours and not their aesthetics."
Until 15th June

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Ropes

Christa Loucaidou Efstathiou has an exhibition which will open on Saturday at Zavos Coco de Mer (old Rousos Hotel), Yermasoyia , Limassol which will continue until June 12.It is titled ‘ROPES’
" Inspired by Leonardo da Vinci’s invention (sketches) of a concept for a rope making machine, but just likes many other of his inventions they never got built. I focused on different ways where a rope could be used. I mainly focused on old fishing boats and ropes, however the use of ropes is unlimited, so is my work…"

Romania Society in Cyprus

Daphne Mavrovouniotis Trimikliniotis  will open the exhibition Reflections by the Romania Artist Rodica Lomnasan at Opus39 on Monday 11th of June

 
 
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