Cyprus Contemporary artists travel- a portrait of Valentinos Charalambous by Fundació Antoni Tàpies

Fundació Antoni Tàpies, Barcelona, with the support of the Ministry of Education and Culture of Cyprus documents Valentinos Charalambous’ journey through his personal biography and artistic career as a ceramist, interwoven with major events of contemporary history.
His forced exile from his family house in Famagusta led him to the exile of Baghdad and the unexpected rich dynamics of modern Iraqi culture and later to another exile from Baghdad due to the war. The film is an original way of exploring, with a major master, the modern and contemporary developments of ceramics, an art form still too often confined to the ‘borders’ of modernity.
Cyprus Ceramic ArtistA portrait of Valentinos Charalambous, this documentary film is based on the artist’s private journal. Born and raised in Cyprus, the film travels through Valentinos’ life with still photographs, slides and archival material, to name just a few of the source materials taken as points of reference. The narration, which utilises first-person accounts in an interview format, represents the testimony of a lived experience, a remembrance of a past that sheds light on the modern cultural life and political events of Cyprus and Iraq, and through them on the whole Middle East.
The film combines Valentinos’ artistic output, which follows the family tradition of pottery making from Famagusta using a technique originally from Smyrna, Turkey, with his description of situations, intellectuals and artists he met during his career in London and his teaching at the Department of Ceramics at the Institute of Fine Arts in Baghdad from 1957 to 1983.
Valentinos’ lucid memories depict the vibrant atmosphere of the Institute of Fine Arts in Baghdad, which was a place where architects, artists, musicians and poets met.
The film highlights the importance of historical modernity as seen from the perspective and lived experience of a Cypriot artist who had the opportunity to capture the socio-political changes of the city of Baghdad.The present documentary film about Valentinos Charalambous is a result of the research done for the long-term project Contemporary Arab Representations directed by Catherine David in collaboration with Nuria Enguita Mayo, which was initiated by the Fundació Antoni Tàpies in Barcelona in 2002.

Premiere of documentary Valentinos Charalambous


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