Haris Epaminonda - Chapters

9 October - 20 December 2013

 

 

Opening hours for November and December:  Tuesday - Saturday 10:00 - 18:00

The exhibition can also be viewed by appointment

Guided tours every Thursday at 19:00 by reservation only

 

 

 

 

Program

 

Opening

Wednesday 9 October 2013, 19:00

 

Thursday 10 October 2013

18:00 Presentation by architect Andrea Bruno: “The Museum of Nothing”

19:30 Presentation by Pavel Pyś, writer and curator at the Henry Moore Institute, Leeds.

 

Saturday 12 October 2013

11:00 Guided tour by Haris Epaminonda.

Reservations required: 22662053 / info@pointcentre.org

 

Every Thursday

19:00 Guided tours

Reservations required: 22662053 / info@pointcentre.org

 

 

This is Epaminonda’s first solo exhibition in Cyprus, focusing primarily on the film Chapters, her most elaborate film project to date, filmed in various locations in Cyprus last autumn and created in close collaboration with Point Centre for Contemporary Art.

 

Haris Epaminonda often uses pre-existing materials, assembling them in ways to create works, multi-layered installations and videos that remain enigmatic while defying classification. Her works rather suggest a flattening of the hierarchy between things offering a place where illusion coexists with the tangible, and where each thing can be read and examined on a single plane.

 

Chapters is a poetic series of meticulously staged scenes, with underlying narrative elements of love, longing, afterlife and ritual. Visitors can expect to encounter a universe of melancholic beauty in which the artist crafts timeless atmospheres, placing Cypriot landscapes as the protagonists. Many of the objects, sets and costumes have been designed and produced in Cyprus, others have been granted by the Cyprus Theatre Organization. The scenes duel between light and dark, day and night, interior and exterior, the near and the far. The actors, objects, animals and spaces shift back and forth between sculptural representations and their own symbolic and metaphorical meanings. There are various references to ancient myths and poetry, Renaissance painting and Byzantine iconography. The use of fixed camera is reminiscent of the tableaux-vivant from avant-garde cinema. A contemporary epic, Chapters is challenging the nature of classical fil­m-making. Originally filmed in 16mm film, and later converted into digital, it consists of four asynchronous projections (each about an hour long), totaling in a four-hour length film. The projections are playing simultaneously and on loop, with no beginning or end. There is no particular narrative structure and any linearity is deliberately undone, taking us on an associative journey that is constantly altered and recombined by the action of chance, time and the viewer’s gaze.

 

The mesmerizing soundtrack is composed by British sound-artists Kelly Jayne Jones and Pascal Nichols, also known as Part Wild Horses Mane On Both Sides. The artists parallel the methods used in the construction of the film, by piecing together sounds recorded on set with samples they produced using instruments from various eras as well as using field recordings from the set.

 

The symbolic and formal aspects of the film are abstracted and extended off-screen, in an installation of sparse arrangement of sculptural works in the rest of the exhibition space, belonging as such to Epaminonda's ongoing series Volumes, which began in 2009.

 

Chapters is co-produced by Point Centre for Contemporary Art, Modern Art Oxford, Kunsthaus Zürich, and the Fondazione Querini Stampalia in Venice. In each gallery Epaminonda presents the film in an entirely different way, crafting a succession of intimately connected but distinct exhibitions.

 

Haris Epaminonda was born in Cyprus in 1980, and now lives and works in Berlin. She works in a variety of media from collage to film, installation and sculpture. She emerged on the international scene in 2007, representing Cyprus at the 52nd Venice Biennale together with Turkish Cypriot artists Mustafa Hulusi. She was educated at the Royal College of Art, Kingston University, and Chelsea College of Art & Design, and she has since gone on to exhibit at major art centres such as the Tate Modern in London, MoMA in New York, the Malmö Konsthall in Sweden, and dOCUMENTA(13) in Kassel. She has held residencies such as at the Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin with the support of the UNDO Foundation, Nicosia, and has recently been nominated for the ‘Preis der Nationalgalerie für junge Kunst’ in Germany.

Guest biographies

 

Andrea Bruno was born in Torino, Italy in 1931. He graduated from the Polytechnic with a degree in Architecture in 1956.  He teaches architectonic restoration at the schools of Architecture at the Milano Polytechnic and the Torino Polytechnic. He is also honorary president of the Centre d’Etudes pour la Conservation du Patrimoine Architectural et Urbain at Katholieke Universiteit in Leuven, Belgium, and is a member of the Académie Royale de Belgique.  A UNESCO consultant for the restoration  and conservation of artistic and cultural heritage since 1974, he has coordinated various projects in the Middle East. He has focused special attention on early studies on the Bamyan Valley, the Museum of Islamic Art in Ghaznì, and the restoration of the Herat historical sites and the minaret of Jam, also in Afghanistan. In 2002 he was named advisor for UNESCO’s Cultural Division for Afghanistan. Bruno designed a model Site Museum, at Maa-Palaiocastro in Cyprus, sponsored by the A.G. Leventis Foundation, which was completed in 1989. 

 

 

Pavel S. Pyś is the Exhibitions & Displays Curator at the Henry Moore Institute, Leeds. He holds an MFA in Curating (Goldsmiths College) and MSc Culture & Society (London School of Economics & Political Science). In 2011, Pavel was the winner of the inaugural Zabludowicz Collection Curatorial Open and was also one of the three curators in residence at the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin. At the Institute, Pavel has overseen ‘Robert Filliou: The Institute of Endless Possibilities’ (March 2013), ‘Indifferent Matter: From Object to Sculpture’ (July 2013) and solo presentations by Alberto Giacommetti, Sturtevant and Jean Tinguely. Pavel is currently working on ‘‘Carol Bove / Carlo Scarpa’ (an exhibition produced in collaboration with Museion, Bolzano and Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Deurle) and a focused display of work by Christine Kozlov. Pavel frequently contributes to Frieze, Mousse and ArtReview.