By Maria Gregoriou
This week sees the opening of two exhibitions: a solo painting exhibition by Lefteris Olympios at Gallery Gloria in Nicosia tomorrow and a group art work and video installation on Friday at the Diatopos Centre of Contemporary Art also in the capital.
Olympios, from Limassol, currently has an ongoing exhibition entitled Reconciliation: Seven Pieces for the Anglican Centre in Rome, at the Anglican Centre, Palazzo Doria Pamfilj.
The artist studied Graphic Arts at Doxiades School in Athens and then went on to study Painting, Iconography, Fresco and Mosaic at the School of Fine Arts also in Athens.
During the summer of 1985, Olympios’ art development was clearly on its way after he visited the IJmuider Kring, an artists’ community in IJmuiden, a village close to Amsterdam. This community and the chance to be inspired by other artists set his artistic voice in motion and was part of his long artistic journey, with the first stop being his first solo exhibition entitled One World Poetry at the Melkweg Gallery in Amsterdam.
A landmark in his career was his collection called Promise, a series of works which he started in 1996 following the tragic events in Dherynia that year, which led to the deaths of Tassos Isaac and Solomos Solomou. The art work was finished in 2000 and was exhibited in Portugal, The Netherlands, Greece and Mexico during a three year period.
Another memorable event in the artist’s career came in 1997 when he represented Cyprus in the 47th Venice Biennale with the series Filoxenia.
The group exhibition at The Centre of Contemporary Art Diatopos, under the name The Traces Point to Human Beings, features drawings by Mariza Bargilly and a video installation by Machi Dimitriadou Lindahl inspired by a poetry collection by Anthi Antoniadou.
Bargilly studied at the Athens School of Fine Arts where she specialised in theatre stage design. After her studies she returned to Cyprus and started work as a stage and costume designer.
She has had three solo exhibitions and participated in various group exhibitions in Cyprus and Greece.
Lindahl, from Thessaloniki, studied at the State School of Dance in Athens and modern dance at the Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation in New York and release technique, contact improvisation, choreography and improvisation in New York, Paris and Stockholm.
In 1996 she founded a dance group in Paris and toured with them in Greece, Sweden and France. In 2004 she re-established the dance group in Cyprus and began teaching dance.
Lindahl has choreographed a large number of pieces which have been performed on the island, including a piece to mark 50 years of the independence of Cyprus.
Antoniadou, from Nicosia, studies acting in Athens and also History and Archaeology at the University of Cyprus. As an actress she has been part of a number of performances in Cyprus and Greece. As a writer she has published the book Ancient Theatres of Cyprus.
During the opening of the exhibition on Friday there will be an introduction by actress Annita Santorineou and a presentation of the poetry collection at 8pm.
Solo painting exhibition by Lefteris Olympios. January 21 until February 8. Gallery Gloria, 3 Zinonos Sozou Street, Nicosia. Monday-Friday: 10.30pm-12.45pm and 5pm-8pm. Saturday: 10.30pm-12.45pm. Tel: 22-762605
The Traces Point to Human Beings
Group exhibiton. Opens January 22 at 8pm until January 29. Diatopos Centre of Contemporary Art, 11DZ, Kretes Street, Nicosia. Daily 5pm-8pm and Saturdays 11am-1pm. Tel: 22-766117