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Life at sea

By Maria Gregoriou

Tomorrow Apothiki 79 gallery in Larnaca will be showcasing Elizabeth Hoak Doering’s new installation exhibition entitled Here Ships are Lost, Boats sail.

The exhibition’s main focus is on maritime graffiti, something that Doering also gave a lecture on last week, while talking about the anonymous graffiti designs that have to do with life at sea, from medieval times to colonial Cyprus. In this talk, as well as with her exhibition, the artist raises questions about the designs of the graffiti, the anonymity of such art works, and the uncertainty about what they represent and who is behind them.

The exhibition, the strapline of which, coined by French cultural theorist Paul Virilio, is “the invention of the ship was also the invention of the shipwreck,” will be on display until next Wednesday.

The artist also chose to accompany her exhibition with the lines “day after day, day after day, we stuck, nor breath nor motion; as idle as a painted ship upon a painted ocean,” from the poem The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Doering is an interdisciplinary artist based in Nicosia. Her work is displayed on an international canvas and last year she had an exhibition at The Drawing Centre in New York and in 2013 she exhibited her work at the Lisson Gallery in London.

In 2011 she co-represented Cyprus in the 54th Venice Biennale of Art.

Here Ships are Lost, Boats Sail
Solo exhibition by Elizabeth HoakDoering. Opens March 12, 7pm, until March 18. Apothiki 79, 79 Saint Lazarus Street, Larnaca. Monday-Friday: 5pm-8pm. Saturday- Sunday: 11am-1pm and 5pm-8pm. Tel: 99-083974

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