A series of events are taking place at Hambis Municipal Printmaking Museum in Nicosia this September, highlighting the work of several artists. A two-in-one event is coming up in a couple of days with an exhibition and book presentation by Efi Savvides. On Wednesday, the visual artist and art educator will present her book Efi Savvides: A Territory without Terrain at 7.30pm, as well as opening her latest art exhibition at the museum.
Spider, the name of her solo exhibition, showcases a new body of work from the series The Empire is Perishing the Bands are Playing. The bilingual book published by Bom Dia Books and edited by Marina Christodoulidou, unpacks Savvides’ socially engaged practice, relating to the stories of refugees in Richmond Village of the Dhekelia Sovereign Base Area. It further includes the enchanting contributing texts of Tegiye Birey, Olga Demetriou, Alkis Hadjiandreou and Christos Hadjioannou.
During the presentation, a screening of the video work Vignettes of the Camp (2016-18) will take place followed by a discussion with the artist and editor, providing insights into the research and making of the recent work on display.
“The book’s content,” say the organisers, “touches upon the post-colonial effect and the case of the Dhekelia SBA through the notions of slow violence and perpetuation; the methodology of ethnography as artistic practice; the poetics of fugitivity and social wounds through political literature; and lastly, the ethics of precarity and experiences of boredom and anxiety by stateless persons. Both the book and exhibition presented are a response to the continuous intimidation towards refugeehood and the civic structure’s inertia.”
A couple of days later another book presentation and exhibition event will take place at the museum. September 19’s event is centred around the books David the Sassounios. The Armenian Folk Epic and Giorgos Moleskis’ poetry collection Open Sky, both to be presented at 7.30pm.
David the Sassounios. The Armenian folk epic has been translated by Moleskis and includes illustrations by Mariam Suhanova-Foukara. During the event, Moleskis will present the book and read excerpts from the work while printmaker Hambis will talk about Souhanova-Foukara’s illustrations, while the original artwork will be exhibited at the museum. The evening will conclude with Giorgos Frangos presenting Moleskis’ poetry collection.
Exhibition and Book Presentation
By Efi Savvides. September 14. Hambis Municipal Printmaking Museum, Nicosia. Opening night 7.30pm. Exhibition open until September 28. Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 10am-2pm. Wednesday and Saturday: 10am-2pm and 5pm-8pm. www.printmaking.cy
Book presentation, poetry collection and art exhibition. September 19. Hambis Municipal Printmaking Museum, Nicosia. 7.30pm. www.printmaking.cy