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Haris Epaminonda


06.10.2018 - 19.01.2019

Originally filmed in 16mm in the remote Cyprus landscape, Chapters is a series of meticulously staged scenes, in which Epaminonda transforms her home country into a backdrop for a multitude of mythological identities with underlying narrative elements of love, longing, afterlife and ritual. Without a fixed narrative structure or linearity, the viewer is led into an associative journey that is constantly altered and recombined by the action of chance, time and the viewer’s gaze. The screens are independent and run in a non-consecutive order, displayed simultaneously with no beginning or end, totalling in a four-hour long audiovisual installation. The sound is produced by Part Wild Horses Mane On Both Sides, comprised by sound artists Kelly-Jayne Jones and Pascal Nichols. Chapters has been co-produced by Kunsthaus Zürich, Switzerland; Point Centre for Contemporary Art, Nicosia; Modern Art Oxford, UK; and the Fondazione Querini Stampalia, Venice. At Tongewölbe T25, Epaminonda revisits Chapters as a single screen projection, within a site-specific environment.

Haris Epaminonda (b. 1980, Nicosia, Cyprus) lives and works in Berlin and Cyprus. Solo exhibitions include: Significant Other, Vienna (2018); Secession, Vienna (2018); Aspen Art Museum, Colorado (2017); Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo, Seville (2016); FRAC Île-de-France, Paris (2015); Fondazione Querini Stampalia, Venice (2014); Point Centre for Contemporary Art, Nicosia (2013); Modern Art Oxford (2013); Kunsthaus Zürich, Switzerland (2013); Museum of Modern Art, New York (2011); Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt (2011); Tate Modern, London (2010) and Malmö Konsthall, Sweden (2009). Other selected group shows include Centro de Creación Contemporánea de Andalucía (2018), Seville; Hammer Museum (2018); Madre Museum, Naples (2017); Jewish Museum, New York (2017); Fondazione Prada, Milan (2016); Museum Serralves, Porto, Portugal (2014); Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin (2013); CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco (2013); The Renaissance Society, Chicago (2013); Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico (2013); Kunsthalle Lissabon (2012); Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (2010); and New Museum, New York (2010). Epaminonda co-represented Cyprus at the 52nd Venice Biennale (2007), and she took part in dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel, Germany (2012); 9th Sharjah Biennial, UAE (2009) and 5th Berlin Biennale (2008). Epaminonda has been collaborating on a project 'The Infinite Library' together with Daniel Gustav Cramer, since 2007.


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