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A minute with Eirene Constantinou Artist/Founder of EVOHK artist-run space


Where do you live?
I mostly ‘live’ in my studio but the act of sleeping happens in a tiny room inside the garden of my parents’ house.

What did you have for breakfast?
It’s too early, nothing yet, but a glorious iced latte is on schedule.

Describe your perfect day
During a perfect day I rise early to catch the sunrise, around 7am. The day begins in my studio with a hot cup of coffee, I’m sitting next to a white canvas and an infinite amount of oil paints to capture my inspiration. After work I transform into a taxi girl, roaming around the city to pick up all my adventurous friends and discover the next magical place on the island. We set up our tents in nature by night and enjoy a nice conversation under the stars. Life is so short, so my ideal day is one where I enjoy every moment.

Best book ever read?
It’s difficult to choose only one, maybe I would choose one for each genre. Sometimes it feels like the best book is the one I am reading the moment somebody asks me that question.

Best childhood memory?
One of my most vivid childhood memories dates back to 1999. I was 8 years old. It was Sunday, out of many, when the whole family visited my father’s neon light signage atelier, to celebrate with colleagues the jobs that went well during the year. I remember vividly a traditional Cypriot barbecue and zivania symposium, and the exciting site exploration we embarked on with my cousins. I remember how excited we were to discover hidden treasures in the different rooms that made up our ‘atelier-lightcastle’. In reality, the space was filled with high-end industrial equipment, sign boards and a nice coat of sawdust.

What is always in your fridge?
Milk, butter, chocolate and a variety of liqueurs.

What music are you listening to in the car at the moment?
I mostly listen to CyBC and DeeJay radio. When ads pop up, I sometimes put on old CDs. I can listen to anything depending on my mood, from Greek folk music to psytrance to 80s rock or even classical music.

What’s your spirit animal?
I’ve never thought about it before. Most probably it’s a black wildcat, restless and curious. Oh and because of the 9 lives thing.

What are you most proud of?
Even though my parents and I have a huge age difference, we always shared the same values. They taught me love, respect for others, and determination. I am very proud to have them in my life.

What movie scene has really stayed with you?
A scene from Fritz Lang’ s Metropolis (1927) Maria’s Transformation! A picture worth a thousand words. Watch it and you will understand why.

If you could pick anyone at all (alive or dead) to go out for the evening with, who would it be?
I would love a long conversation with Olafur Eliasson, a Danish-Icelandic artist known for light sculptures and large-scale installation art. I tried meeting him twice when I visited Berlin with no luck yet, but you know, the third time’s a charm.

If you could time travel when/where would you go?
Favourite question. I would go back to the exact moment the time machine was successfully launched and steal the prototype designs so I could ensure unlimited access to the space-time continuum. Mostly out of curiosity.

What is your greatest fear?
I believe that fear is something that shifts in form and context throughout the years depending on how we perceive reality. Who knows, it might be the fear of not having enough time.

What would you say to your 18-year-old self?
Love yourself so you can love another.

Name the one thing that would stop you dating someone?

If the world is ending in 24 hours what would you do?
In an end of humanity scenario, I would try my best to find a seat for me and my loved ones in the first spaceship that is parked around the corner. Other worlds are waiting for us and evolution is the magic word.

EVOHK is a multi-functional artist-run space in Larnaca. It was formed to facilitate and produce contemporary art exhibitions and residencies, music events and performances, movie screenings and pop-up shows. Acting within an international network of artists, it seeks to increase access to contemporary and traditional practices, explore new ways of engaging in creativity through interdisciplinary education, inspire and raise meaningful interactions in between cultural and social contexts in Cyprus and beyond.

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