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Closer to a Sustained Caress: Contemporary Readings of Printmaking

Opening: Saturday 23 September 2023, 19:30 – 11:00

Duration: 23 September 2023 – 15 March 2024

This group exhibition features work by seven invited artists who live and work in Cyprus alongside prints from the collection of Hambis Printmaking Museum, gathered over a long period of artists’ workshops, by exchanges between artists, donations and acquisitions. The artists in this show incorporate printmaking in their practice, each in their own way, to touch upon issues of locality and memory, human and more-than-human entanglements, love and sensuality. Parallel events will be announced throughout the duration of the exhibition.

Participating Artists:

Evelyn Anastasiou, Panayiotis Andreou, Kyriaki Costa, Kyriacos Theocharous, Eleni Panayidou, Simone Philippou, Korallia Stergides.

In dialogue with works of artists from the museum’s collection by:

Kostas Averkiou, Eleni Hadjineophytou, Kyriakos Kallis, Charalambos Krasias, Stella Lantsia, Lefteris Olympios, Frixos Papantoniou, Stass Paraskos, Michalis Phantaros, Mary Plant, Despo Pringi, Rinos Stefani, Stelios Stylianou, Hambis Tsangaris, Marianna Tsangarou, Evgenia Vasiloudi, Stelios Votsis.

Co-curated by Evagoras Vanezis & Nicola Mitropoulou

Graphic Design: Popi Pissouriou

Ammochostou 55 – 59, Nicosia 1016
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 10:00 – 14:00
Wednesday, Saturday: 10:00 – 17:00
Sunday, Monday: Closed

Curatorial Note:

The exhibition’s visual narrative takes as its starting point a small work by Hambis, a linocut from 1970, which carries the title “Of Theatre and the Sun”. A black, solid sun at its rightmost corner is the center of a web of concentric circles, which suggest a diffusion of light that is all entangling, strong in its presence, and denoted by black lines. Within this tangle, ten figures without faces -the theatre’s chorus?- are enmeshed in a dance that suggests a pleading to a sun god; a weird exercise in balancing; or a practice of urgency (feel free to make your own connection).

What would happen if we thought of this ritual as a plight of bodies thirsty to give the sun a place to rest? Will we stay a bit more with the sensation of a sustained caress, of the flesh that burns ever so lightly in its touch with the world, sometimes even pleasantly so, and asks of the world to sustain this relationship?

The exhibition is designed as a spatial essay, where different techniques, images, words and worlds coexist. Emphasis is given to the ways in which the works interact and connect to each other, the surrounding architecture and material substrate of the space.

Through the idea of the sustained caress the endless variations of time and touch are foregrounded. We are thus called to reflect on the properties of printmaking to create and reproduce contact zones between surfaces and the world, where the personal, the political, and the poetic interweave.