Art gallery Art Seen celebrates its fifth anniversary with a new group exhibition with works by 16 artists. Opening on Wednesday, Yesterday, Today and Forever highlights the artists that shape the style and vision of the organisation. Four of those artists will be showcased in the space for the first time.
For the past five years, the curatorial line of owner Maria Stathi aims at the promotion of the art scene in Nicosia by presenting important solo and group exhibitions. Art Seen focuses on curatorial and art practices that investigate modes of contemporary making and exhibiting, contributing to an imaginative critical language of art making and thinking today.
Now more than ever, Art Seen remains committed to its founding ideals for supporting and promoting contemporary creation and providing an open space for contemporary art while pushing the boundaries.
“What is it about this time that we live in that so compels us to reflect inwards upon our present and how it is defined?” asks artist Diana Taylor as she responds to the curatorial idea of the exhibition. “We live in a time of the ‘re’: of re-assembling, re-contextualising and re-appropriating images repeatedly, reinterpreting their meanings – one picture reposted over the last. In considering our contemporary condition, we can understand that what prevails is the paradoxical sense of not being fully in the now, or with time as the word directly translates, rather there exist multiple and constantly shifting temporalities, layered one upon another.
“It is not surprising then, that in an age of rapidly advancing technologies and mass consumption, our gaze also remains in the rear view mirror, looking back to sensibilities of the past and to material traditions. Simultaneously we are deconstructing the past, negotiating a push/pull of things and times both coming together and falling apart – yesterday, today and forever.” Yesterday, Today and Forever surveys this notion of the now whilse celebrating the five-year history of Art Seen Contemporary and artists who have exhibited at the gallery since it opened.
Yesterday, Today and Forever
Group exhibition to celebrate gallery’s 5-year anniversary. October 28-November 10. Opening night 10am-7pm. Monday, Wednesday and Friday: 4pm-7.30pm. Tel: 22-006624