The Visual Artists Association Cyprus (EI.KA) presents a series of exhibitions as part of the programme “MODUS OPERANDI 2017: Young Artists From Cyprus” (MO17), in four artist-run spaces in Nicosia. After the successful launch of the online directory for young Cypriot artists, we continue the MO17 programme in collaboration with curators from Cyprus, Greece, Britain and the Netherlands. Participating in the exhibitions are artists from the MO17 directory, expressing the artistic inquiries of an emerging generation of young Cypriot artists.

Communicating Vessels
at Θκιό Ππαλιές – Thkio Ppalies
Duration: 16-28 October 2017
Hours: Tue-Fri 17:00-20:00, Sat 11:00-17:00

with Raissa Angeli, Peter Eramian, Maria Theodorou and Stephanie Stylianou (dia.gnosis), Evi Pala, Michelle Padeli, Nayia Savva, Korallia Stergides, Maria Toumazou, Leontios Toumpouris, Michael Charalambous, Lilia Hadjigeorgiou, Dimitris Chimonas.

Curated by Julia Geerlings

The title of the exhibition Communicating vessels is taken from a scientific experiment of the same name: in vessels joined by a tube, a gas or liquid passing from one to the other rises to the same level in each, whatever the form of the vessel. The metaphor is used in André Breton’s surrealist manifestation, Les Vases Communicants (1932). At the centre of the book lies the principal image of the dream as small blood vessels between the exterior world of facts and the interior world of emotions, between reality and imagination. The exhibition presents how young Cypriot artists participating in MO17 “communicate” with tradition, especially as it manifests through works in clay and ceramics. The vessel is intrinsic to human life and communicates social, political and economic meanings. Despite many new approaches within the ceramic discourse, most traditions, no matter where they are located, have as their initial premise, a connection with food, drink and storage. There is a consistent link of ceramics with civilized life and the body. For the exhibition, the works made of ceramics, clay and other materials will cast a “conduction wire” between body and mind, ratio and emotion, fiction and nonfiction, inside and outside, functional and nonfunctional, and, the conscious and unconscious mind.