2016-2017

MO.17: Young
Artists From
Cyprus





credits

Maria Loizidou & Natalie Yiaxi
planning and organization
 
Julia Geerlings
Emily Gray
Charis Kanellopoulou
Evagoras Vanezis
curators

Chrystèle Moulun Casanova
Christopher Marinos
Maria Petrides
Socrates Socratous
Invited guests and speakers

Tina Pandi
researcher-collaborator

Leontios Toumpouris
Evagoras Vanezis
coordination

Nicos Stephou
design

Nicholas Chrysanthou
web developer

Maria Petrides
editing and translating

The Visual Artists and Art Theorists Association – phytorio
Supported by the Cultural Services of the Ministry of Education
and Culture, Republic of Cyprus
sponsors




About the project

The project ΜΟ.17: Young artists from Cyprus has been designed right from the outset as an open process that attempts to activate artistic and critical potentiality, to empower smaller groups and to allow voices which are just emerging to be heard.

The work of the younger generation of Cypriot artists constitutes a privileged field of research, as it largely remains unknown and unexplored, theoretically and curatorially, not only for young artists who have just begun their quest, but also for preceding generations.

The project focuses on an in-the-process artistic reality, seeking to explore the dynamics and vitality of the younger generation of Cypriot artists, active both in Cyprus and outside. In a fluid landscape of intense sociopolitical transformations, this research attends to new perspectives, experiences, languages and possibilities, and to processes that shape the artistic present. It wonders about the trends and practices, experiments and pursuits, experimentations and orientations of young artists. Without predisposing conclusions or imposing a priori readings or predefined and closed formations, the project ΜΟ.17 asks about the unique features of contemporary artistic activity in Cyprus. Namely, how experiences of displacement, nomadic mobility, and practices of convergence between the local and global shape an artistic reality, both local and, at once, beyond the local.

How do young artists position themselves in relation to issues around history, politics, and collective memory? Which concerns are central to a search and redefinition of an artistic identity? What do new artistic practices of exchange and self-organizing approaches in times of recession look like? The main focal point of MO.17 is to conduct field research. It is structured in sections and/or stages that are, on the one hand, distinct, and on the other, permeate each other, working as a mental map that determines different stages of the research process, the subject, the objectives, the methodology, the limitations and the possibilities in a dialectical and interchanging formation.

Adopting a research orientation, MO.17 aims to surpass the short-lived character that respective curatorial undertakings which focus on momentum, usually have. It also seeks to create a foundation for research, which will constantly evolve and move beyond its moment of implementation, opening into the future.

Tina Pandi
Art Historian, Curator,
Collections Department National Museum of Contemporary Art (EMST)




Project Timeline

Modus Operandi 2017 (MO.17), dealt with emerging artists under the age of 35, and during their early professional stage. It aimed to present a matrix of practices, as well as their connections to local culture and the world, as they currently stand, and to create the conditions for an animated and potentially, expanding archive that documents today, as well as in the long run, the artistic vigour of local artists. Taking the form of a publication, website and exhibitions, it allowed anyone interested, on either a local or international level, to connect directly with artists whose work resonated with their interests. Consequently, the archive offers an overview of an emerging art scene in Cyprus, creating a place for meetings, discussion and exchange.


October 2016
Meetings with art historian, Tina Pandi, research collaborator of MO.17. Composition of research proposal and presentation, open to the public, at Phytorio. The suggestions and proposals of the participants are documented, and discussion begins about how the programme and its scheduling will proceed.

December 2016
Open call to young artists from Cyprus. Design of an online platform for the submission of material coordinated by our colleague, Evagoras Vanezis. Research and processing/preparation of material by Maria Loizidou, Evagoras Vanezis, Natalie Yiaxi.

May-July 2017
Coordination: Maria Loizidou, Evagoras Vanezis, Natalie Yiaxi.

Invitation to curators: Emily Gray, Glasgow, Julia Geerlings, Paris, Charis Kanellopoulou, Athens, and Evagoras Vanezis, Nicosia.

At a first stage, the curators processed the material and then visited Nicosia to meet the artists at Phytorio. For the artists not living in Cyprus, online meetings were arranged.

During their stay in Cyprus, the curators visited the exhibition venues selected in Nicosia: Thkio Ppalies, Garage, Korai, Neoterismoi Toumazou, and Phytorio.

Through the communication of curators, the artists they met, and the work artists’ submitted by means of the online platform, the curators arrive at the sections and subjects.

The distribution of artists and spaces develops, without being strictly defined or to the exclusion of other orientations.

In addition, after an invitation by the Association, art historian Christopher Marinos, Athens, visits Phytorio in June and meets and talks with the artists of MO.17.

September-October 2017
Theorists visit, discussions and collaborations with other institutions and art spaces on issues that concern MO.17 occur:

Maria PetridesIndependent writer & editor

Chrystèle Moulun CasanovaArt Director and Founder of Element.a, Paris (in collaboration with Artseen)

Socratis SocratousVisual Artist

The online archive of MO.17 is completed and presented. The two publications of MO.17, designed by Nico Stephou, are launched at Phytorio.Since October 2017, Leontios Toumpouris has been the coordinator of the project.Workshop and Exhibition openings.


MO:17 Publications

A. Artist’s Database Publication view
B. Exhibition Documentation and Texts view



Exhibitions and Events of Modus Operandi 2017: Young Artist from Cyprus

The Visual artists and art theorists association - phytorio presented a series of exhibitions as part of the programme “MODUS OPERANDI 2017: Young Artists From Cyprus” (MO.17), in four artist-run spaces in Nicosia. After the successful launch of the online directory for young Cypriot artists www.momomo17.com (currently being updated), we continued the MO.17 programme in collaboration with curators from Cyprus, Greece, Britain and the Netherlands. Exhibition participants were artists from the MO.17 directory, expressing the artistic inquiries of an emerging generation of young Cypriot artists. All the exhibitions opened simultaneously on the 16th of October 2017, at art spaces Thkio Ppalies, Garage, Koraï and Phytorio and with  performances at Neoterismoi Toumazou project space.


Communicating Vessels
at Thkio Ppalies

Duration: 16-28 October 2017
Hours: Tue-Fri 17:00-20:00
Sat 11:00-17:00

The exhibition borrows its title from the experiment of communicating vessels, where two or more containers filled with a liquid or gas have the same level if they are connected to each other. Sparked by the work Les Vases Communicants (1932) by French antifascist poet Andre Breton, the exhibition presents how young Cypriot artists participating in MO17 “communicate” with tradition, especially as it manifests through works in clay and ceramics.

Curated by Julia Geerlings

Participating artists
Raissa Angeli, Peter Eramian, Maria Theodorou and Stephanie Stylianou (dia.gnosis), Evi Pala, Michelle Padeli, Nayia Savva, Korallia Stergides, Maria Toumazou, Leontios Toumpouris, Michael Charalambous, Lilia Hadjigeorgiou, Dimitris Chimonas.






Ecstatic Textures
at Garage
Duration: 16-28 October 2017
Hours: Tue-Fri 17:00-20:00
Sat 11:00-17:00

With the dynamic condensation of artistic creation at artist-run spaces—as well as other independent endeavours—as its starting point, the group exhibition Ecstatic Textures focuses on the sociopolitical dimension of production and exhibition conditions in Cyprus. The narration created through its overview emphasises the processes and materials used by artists; meanwhile, the presented practices negotiate aspects of the image-as-body and the nature of the object as a subject that speaks in a language without utterance—thus finding a place in aesthetic processes.

Curated by Evagoras Vanezis

Participating artists
Evelyn Anastasiou, Maria Andreou,
Adonis Archontidis, Kyriakos Theocharous, Victoria Leonidou, Anastasia Mina, Panayiotis Mina, Sophia Papacosta, Anthi Pafiou, Marina Xenofontos, AnnaMaria Charalambous.






Displacement As a State of Mind
at Koraï

Duration: 16-28 October 2017
Hours: Tue-Fri 17:00-20:00
Sat 11:00-17:00

Through this exhibition we observe how, in a world where everything is moving rapidly and travel has become effortless, the concept of displacement has transformed from something painful into a way of life. The curator identifies Cypriot artists whose work has to do with dislocation, and the way it connects to loss, locality, memory and identity.

Curated by Charis Kanellopoulou

Participating artists
Ioanna Apostolou, Lenia Georgiou, Efy Zeniou, Stelios Kallikinou, Demetra Kallitsi, Marios Constantinides, Eleni Mouzourou, Alexandra Pambouka, Yorgos Petrou, Eleni Phyla, Ismene Haholiadou, Stella Christofi. 







Beyond Event Horizon
at Phytorio
Duration: 16-28 October 2017
Hours: Tue-Fri 17:00-20:00
Sat 11:00-17:00

The exhibition was built through a three-day interactive workshop, with the participation of young Cypriot artists from MO.17. How can we redefine the gallery as a space of fluid relationships and participatory, horizontal creation?

Curated by Emily Gray and Leontios Toumpouris. 

Participating artists: Adonis Archontides, Lara Sophie Benjamin, George Themistocleous, Maria Kofterou, Demetra Kallitsi, Eirene Constantinou, Victoria Leonidou, Anthi Pafiou, Alexandra Pambouka, Korallia Stergides, AnnaMaria Charalambous, Michael Charalambous, Ioanna Cheimona.




Performances
at Neoterismoi Toumazou
Monday 16 October, at 21:30

Performances by Demetra Kallitsi and Dimitris Chimonas with En.Act theater group.

Saturday 21 October, at 11:00
performance by Anthi Pafiou