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Art transforms what we already know

Nicosia will welcome two new exhibitions this Friday. The first is by Christos Avraam and Nikos Giftakis under the name How Can Nature Fit in One Picture? at Gallery Gloria, and the second is the solo exhibition Transformation of Commons by Petros Moris at Point Centre for Contemporary Art.

How Can Nature Fit in One Picture? Shows the work of two modern artists who bring to the canvas a fresh artistic dialogue in an attempt to reshape the traditional way in which art represents landscape.

The landscapes that Avraam and Giftakis bring to the collection are not located somewhere, they are not an actual interpretation of a realistic scene nor an impressionistic representation, rather it is what the artists call a conscious distortion of them.

Through conversations and the sharing of visual ideas, the two artists found common ground. They both wanted to explore how they could create expressive motifs through their art work. These expressions were inspired and influenced by the artists’ travels within Greece and elsewhere. What they saw around them became the starting point for them to develop a new kind of landscape.

Avraam, from Nicosia, attended the Athens School of Fine Arts. He has displayed his work in a number of solo exhibitions, the latest having dealt with the issue of population displacement and refugee issues. He has also been part of a number of group exhibitions in Greece, Germany, Spain, Britain and Russia.

Giftakis, from Athens, studied painting and stage design at the Fine Arts School of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and Artistic Research at Konstfack University in Stockholm. He has presented his work in three solo exhibitions and in a number of group exhibitions in Greece and abroad. His work can be found in private collections in America, France, Japan, Greece and elsewhere.

While Avraam and Giftakis will showcase their new ways of interpreting landscapes, Petros Moris will present his work Transformation of Commons – an exhibition structured as an evolving visual essay. In this exhibition, a number of photographs take on the form of a cultural environment and then interact with technology to spark up a narrative and shape what we know differently.

The exhibition is divided into chapters. Each chapter is a series of aesthetic materialisations of digital three-dimensional models that are the result of the computational processing of photographs which were collected by the artist during his visits to urban, institutional and natural landscapes in Cyprus.

In Transformation of Commons Moris suggests a sequence of displacements on the horizon of matter and time. The way in which the exhibition is set-up may lead the viewers to speculate about the past and the future, in a place that is common ground and yet a place for friction and perpetual translation.

Greek artist Moris studied at the Athens School of Fine Arts and has received an MFA in Curating from the Goldsmiths University of London. He is currently undergoing PHD research at the Architectural Department of the University of Thessaly.

He has been nominated for the Deste Prize 2015 and was awarded the first Spyropoulos Prize 2012.

How Can Nature Fit in One Picture?
Group exhibition by Christos Avraam and Nikos Giftakis. Opens November 4 at 7.30pm until November 19. Gallery Gloria, 3 Zinonos Sozou Street, Nicosia. Monday-Friday: 10.30pm-12.45pm and 5pm-8pm. Saturday: 10.30pm-12.45pm. Tel: 22-762605

Transformation of Commons
Solo exhibition by Petros Moris. Opens November 4 at 7pm until November 26. Point Centre for Contemporary Art. 2 Evagorou Avenue, 1097 Nicosia. Tuesday to Friday: 11am-6pm. Saturday: 11am-3pm. Tel: 22-662053

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