Haris Epaminonda

Haris Epaminonda

Haris Epaminonda, Chapters, 2013. 16mm film transferred to digital, four-channel video installation, approximately 4 hours. Sound by Part Wild Horses Main On Both Sides. Photo: Haris Epaminonda. Courtesy the artist.

March 15, 2014

Haris Epaminonda: Chapter IV
March 15–May 18, 2014 

Fondazione Querini Stampalia
Castello 5252
30122 Venice

T +39 041 2711411


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. Solo exhibitions were held at Malmö Konsthall (2009), Tate Modern, London (2010), Museum of Modern Art, New York (2011) and Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Germany (2011).

Epaminonda’s exhibition held in the Scarpa Area and curated by Chiara Bertola with Andrea Viliani 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.

The artist often uses preexisting materials, like photos taken from books, as well as found objects combined with self-designed plinths and support structures, sculptures and films. Her precise arrangements and displays as well as her architectural interventions form visual riddles, evoking a multitude of meaning. Her language often points towards abstraction, meanwhile evoking mysterious and enigmatic atmospheres.

Many people remember Haris Epaminonda’s works (together with Daniel Gustav Cramer) in Kassel’s Hauptbahnhof during the last dOCUMENTA (13). The exhibition was set out over three floors and appeared fragmentary, dislocated and rhythmic until the very end, and there it found its own dimension. It was like walking in a house-museum where things-works were almost hidden everywhere, along the edges, in the corners, suspended…then space gradually reassembled, like the syllables of a sentence which is slowly spoken.

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.

“In Venice, Haris Epaminonda plays again with the exhibition display: She uses space like a score”—Chiara Bertola explains—”where materials are similar to reassembled signs in a three-dimensional painting. Epaminonda relates to Carlo Scarpa’s architecture in a refined way, enhancing, highlighting, enlarging the complexity of the architectural language.”

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 approximately 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.

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. “The deep congruence between the artist’s work and the exhibition space—Andrea Viliani explains—is given by Chapters’ location, which is the island of Cyprus, whose past has deep roots in the history of Venice. Venice represented the passage between Europe and the East, which is continuously evocated throughout the open and dreamlike narration of the movie, as well as in lots of Scarpa’s architectural and decorative details.”

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 as well as the Cyprus Ministry of Education and Culture.


Haris Epaminonda at Fondazione Querini Stampalia
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