THE CYPRUS PAVILION – Venice Biennale del Arte 2011
The participation of the Republic of Cyprus at the Biennale presents Marianna Christofides, Elizabeth Hoak-Doering, curated by Yiannis Toumazis which proposes a synergy between the ‘emotional’ object drawings of Doering and the ‘scientific’ topographies of Christofides. It aims to create a special dynamism through a museography of time and space, the exhibition aims on texploring on the one hand social, political and cultural relations, as well as trends and tensions on a local and global level, and on the other hand it attempts to operate in the manner of the medieval ‘illuminated manuscripts’ that convey new and valuable knowledge.
In the 54th International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia, Cyprus is represented by two artists, Marianna Christofides and Elizabeth Hoak-Doering. Taking the Cypriot experience
and historical reality as a starting point, both artists approach issues of historicity, identity and memory in a particular way, tracing and mapping data from a wider cultural history.
The work of both artists departs from the Cyprus experience and the field of socio-politics, but it extends and transforms so as to articulate a substantial discourse as part of a much
broader, global system. Issues of multiculturalism, crossings, displacement, migration, and hybridization are common ground in their research. Their meeting inside the Cyprus Pavilion
seeks to highlight and negotiate existing positions and contradictions surrounding the apparent homogeneity of a globalised environment, while simultaneously it addresses the
deeply human need for spiritual and intellectual transgression: one that leads to a redefinition of the spatio-temporal systems of existence, as well as a reformulation of human experience.
Artists: Marianna Christofides and Elizabeth Hoak-Doering
Curator: Yiannis Toumazis
Commissioner: Louli Michaelidou
Assistant Commissioner: Angela Skordi
Production Manager: Constantinos Filiotis
Press and Communication Manager: Marika Ioannou
Graphic Design: Xenios Symeonides
Thursday, 2 June, 19:00
Palazzo Malipiero, San Marco 3198, I-30124
Venezia (S. Samuele-Palazzo Grassi Boat Stop – Line 2)
*Cocktail in the garden of Palazzo Malipiero, next to the Cyprus Pavilion
Press Conference / Film Screening
Friday, 3 June, 19:00 TBC
Conservatorio Statale di Musica “Benedetto
Marcello” Palazzo Pisani, San Marco 2810 – 30124 Venezia
Exhibition title: Temporal Taxonomy: official Website