but see, even that is only appearance. Marianna Christofides

16 May 2015 – 5 Jul 2015

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Basis e.V.

Hesse, Germany

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we are pleased to present the first major institutional solo show by cypriot artist marianna christofides.


in her installational, film, and text-based works marianna christofides engages with historical documents and their potential for narrative renegotiation. starting from the premise of a fundamental plurality of possible readings of found images and documents, christofides applies this to reshape and reconfigure them. born in nicosia, the artist not only works with personal incidents and occurrences but also with gaps and interspaces in stories and their recollection in collective memory. images from various media and disciplines are detached from their original contexts and transposed into the present by means of montage and de-montage. diverse techniques, temporal layers, and contextual strata are pointedly interwoven and transferred, combining facts, fictions, and biography. appropriated images and objects serve beyond their putatively documented reality as productive sources of new narratives and associations.

marianna christofides (*1980 nicosia, cyprus) lives and works in cologne. her works have been exhibited internationally. solo exhibitions (selection): here let me stand, galerie campagne première, berlin (2014); cinema aurora, miart 2013, milano international art fair, with laveronica arte contemporanea (2013); reluctantly real,laveronica arte contemporanea, modica, sicily (2012); temporal taxonomy, republic of cyprus at the 54th international exhibition of contemporary art, la biennale di venezia, venice (two-person show) (2011)group exhibitions (selection): 5. biennale thessaloniki (2015); recorded memories, national museum of contemporary art, bucharest (2014); 8th deste prize 2013, museum of cycladic art, athens (2013); lieber aby warburg, was tun mit bildern?, museum für gegenwartskunst, siegen (2012); kunstpreis der böttcherstraße in bremen 2012, kunsthalle bremen (2012); sense of place, bozar brussels (2012).

curated by christin müller

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