Modern Art Oxford presents Haris Epaminonda Chapters

Modern Art Oxford presents Haris Epaminonda Chapters an exhibition on view 6 July–8 September 2013. Haris Epaminonda’s first major exhibition in the UK centres on the newly commissioned film Chapters (2012).

Haris Epaminonda, Chapters (still), 2012. Film. Courtesy of the artist.

Haris Epaminonda, Chapters (still), 2012. Film. Courtesy of the artist.

Filmed in the remote Cyprus landscape, Chapters is a poetic series of meticulously staged scenes with underlying narrative elements of love, longing, afterlife and ritual. The scenes are independent and run in a non-consecutive order, with narrative evoked by the actions of the performers. Epaminonda describes the work as an object that continuously moves—a sculpture that has no fixed form.

Drawing together a spectrum of cultural influences such as the frescoes of Renaissance artist Fra Angelico, the films of Georgian director Sergei Parajanov and Japanese Kabuki theatre, the fixed frame of the camera shapes the film as a continuously evolving, never-static series of ‘pictures’ or ‘tableaux.’

The soundtrack to Chapters was composed by British sound artists Part Wild Horses Mane On Both Sides (Kelly Jayne Jones and Pascal Nichols). The artists parallel the methods used by Epaminonda in constructing the film, piecing together sounds recorded on set with samples they produced with instruments from various eras.

Chapters is co-produced by Modern Art Oxford, Kunsthaus Zürich, Point Centre for Contemporary Art in Nicosia, and the Fondazione Querini Stampalia in Venice. At each of the four galleries, Epaminonda crafts a succession of intimately connected but distinct exhibitions.

Haris Epaminonda was born in Cyprus in 1980, and now lives and works in Berlin. She works in a variety of media from collage to film, multi-layered installation and sculpture. She emerged on the international scene in 2007, representing Cyprus at the 52nd Venice Biennale. Educated at the Royal College of Art and Chelsea College of Art & Design, she has since gone to exhibit at the Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin; Tate Modern, London; MoMA, New York; and Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Germany. She has forthcoming exhibitions at Fondazione Querini Stampalia, Venice and Point Center for Contemporary Art, Nicosia.

Haris Epaminonda will take part in a gallery talk with Emily Korchmáros, Curator, Modern Art Oxford, on Saturday 6 July at 1pm.

Modern Art Oxford
30 Pembroke Street
Oxford OX1 1BP
Free admission