The upcoming exhibition by German artist Horst Weierstall Every Centre a Periphery Every Periphery a Centre, will act as a conclusion to his collaboration with curator Marina Christodoulidou.
The exhibition, opening at the Larnaca Municipal Art Gallery on Friday at 8pm, is the fourth instalment of the artist’s and curator’s collaboration in a series of exhibitions and talks which took place last year and this year at the Zampelas Art Museum, the Goethe Institute Cyprus and under the framework of the European Capital of Culture Pafos2017. These four artistic encounters delved into the artist’s practice from 1979 to date. The project concludes with the upcoming exhibition and premiere of the documentary about the artist, directed by Nicolas Iordanou and Sylvia Nicolaides, as a parallel event to the exhibition.
The title, Every Centre a Periphery Every Periphery a Centre, suggests the concept of the artist who identifies not only with peripheral places he visits throughout the world but also those which he experienced and developed through his work, with Larnaca’s landscape as his point of reference.
Speaking about the exhibition, Weierstall said “In my eyes, Larnaca became a particular landscape. I experienced it by walking and then I approached it through the literature written by travellers of the 15th and 19th centuries. I have always been interested in finding myself based on the perceptions of travellers before forming my own impressions of a city. I used features of Larnaca in my work and created site-specific praxis – performances – with reference to the city’s Salt Lake and the horizon.”
The artist went on to say that his life in Cyprus began in Larnaca when he taught visual arts at the American Academy in the 1980s. “At the end of each workday, I walked to the coastal front, the well-known Finikoudes Beach. The sea was important to me, the horizon, and at the same time what lies beyond the horizon of the city… The way in which the city can be conceptualised on the basis of its geographic and historical features is certainly something that appeals to me personally and inevitably to my practice,” he concluded.
Weierstall combines drawing, diaries, archival material, collages, photography, artist books, site-specific installations, paintings and shots from performances – for which the artist uses his body as his means of expression. The exhibition will not display the evolution of his work chronologically, rather it will attempt to compare and contrast different phases of his practice, series of works, media and methodologies.
The exhibition will be divided into four thematics, one for each room of the exhibition space. Each thematic will create a different setting within the space, thus underlining the multifaceted practice of the artist.
On the last day of the exhibition, January 31 at 8pm, the black and white documentary about Weierstall’s work will be screened. The documentary will cover four decades and will not only refer to his practice through archival material, but will also present re-enacted praxis in the making of the film.
The exhibition will be opened by Larnaca mayor Andreas Vyras.
Every Centre a Periphery, Every Periphery a Centre
Solo exhibition by Horst Weierstall. Opens December 8 at 8pm until January 31. Larnaca Municipal Art Gallery. Monday-Friday: 10am-1pm and 4pm-7pm and Saturday: 10am-1pm. Tel: 24-658848