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Visual artist Pashias will draw inspiration from the George and Nefeli Gibra Pierides archaeological collection to present an exhibition and performance next week at the Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation in Nicosia.

Both the exhibition and the live performance, under the name Temple-boy, will bring the human body forward as a basic material for creation. The vis-ual artist will take the place of a limestone statuette of the temple servants series – a Cypriot form of sculpture dating back to the fifth century BC. These statues are thought to have been offerings to the twelve Olympian Gods or a festive token of remembrance of the successful process of a child no longer depending on their mother for nourishment.

The live performance and the creations that will be on show, take the place of a servant in the museum to point out art’s capacity to serve the need of a social whole for entertainment and education.

Temple-boy endeavours to launch a process of consumption, offer, trans-formation and safekeeping of the historical heritage by way of a collective and individual effort to recompose and create.

Performance by Pashias. December 7. Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation, Nicosia. 8.30pm. Free. Tel: 22-128182
Installation by Pashias. Opens on December 14 at 8.30pm until December 15. Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation, Nicosia. 10am-7pm

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