1111Haris Epaminoda. Chapter IV
15 March - 18 May 2014
Fondazione Querini Stampalia will be presenting Chapter IV, the first solo exhibition of the Cypriot artist Haris Epaminonda (b. 1980, currently living and working in Berlin) in an Italian institution.
Haris Epaminonda co-represented Cyprus at the Venice Biennale in 2007 and participated in the 5th Berlin Biennale in 2008 as well as dOCUMENTA(13) in 2012. Epaminonda’s exhibition held in the Scarpa Area and curated by Chiara Bertola with Andrea Viliani (guest co-curator) is the result of the international co-production amongst Fondazione Querini Stampalia, Point Centre of Contemporary Art in Nicosia, Modern Art Oxford and Kunsthaus Zurich, where different versions of the exhibition have been presented during the last months. Chapter IV is also produced in association with Galleria Massimo Minini in Brescia and supported by Ballin, a renown Italian brand of luxury shoes from Venice (Fiesso d'Artico) as well as the Cyprus Ministry of Education and Culture.
Epaminonda’s exhibition at the Querini Stampalia in Venice is just the fourth step of her European tournée presenting an intervention inside the Scarpa area in which a version from her latest film, Chapters will be shown. The complex assemblage of details inspired from the East, the color and formal refinements, as well as the temporal and spatial arrangements inside Scarpa’s area have brought the artist to relate to the famous architect.
” The “cornerstone” of the exhibition is Chapters, a four hour long 16mm film shot in Cyprus in autumn 2012. This is the artist’s most elaborate film to date. In Venice, the film (originally shown as a four-channel film installation lasting approx. four hours with sound composed by Kelly Jayne Jones and Pascal Nichols,‘Part Wild Horses Mane On Both Sides’) will be deconstructed once again for this occasion. www.partwildhorsesmaneonbothsides.com
In Chapters, Epaminonda shows some typical elements of her artistic genius: vases, flowing water, monuments, ruins, landscapes, palms, animals. A series of objects and images that allow exploring the concept of time and the permeability of memory. In such a spiritual atmosphere, men, women, animals and objects move and interact through their actions and rituals, which are full of multiple meanings. They are often emphasized by the slowness of the execution or stop motion.The film develops through small and choreographic movements meanwhile the narrative path remains fragmented. The concept of duality and symbolism are the leading elements through a spiritual journey characterized by the continuous interaction of dualities: emptiness and fullness, the sun and the moon, water and desert lands, black and white, inside and outside, man and woman, nature and culture. It is a journey through a physical and mental space, into a suspended temporal dimension which is melancholic and at the same time abstract, where emotions and imagination are melted together. Epaminonda’s work evokes several inspiring elements: from Beato Angelico to Sergei Parajanov and Pier Paolo Pasolini, from Greek, Roman and Byzantine architecture to Carlo Scarpa.