Haris Epaminonda’s first major exhibition in the UK centres on the newly commissioned film Chapters, 2013. Filmed in 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. The static frame of the camera shapes the film as a continuously evolving series of ‘pictures’ or ‘tableaux’. The film draws together a spectrum of cultural influences, inspired by myths, ancient poetry, theatre and painting. Highlighting how the construction of the film was informed by her current practice, Epaminonda describes the work as an object that continuously moves – a sculpture without a fixed form.
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, by piecing together sounds recorded on set with samples they produced using instruments from various eras.
The subsequent rooms act as chambers containing a sparse arrangement of sculptural works, including both found and constructed objects. These relate to the logic of the film, such as its symbolic and formal aspects, yet they are also a continuation of her ongoing series Volumes, which began in 2009.
Haris Epaminonda was born in Nicosia, Cyprus in 1980, and now lives and works in Berlin. She works across a variety of media from collage to film, multi-layered installation to sculpture.
Chapters is co-produced by Modern Art Oxford, Kunsthaus Zürich, Point Centre for Contemporary Art in Nicosia, and the Fondazione Querini Stampalia in Venice.
Haris Epaminonda uses video and film, collage, photography, books and objects in an extensive process of assembling and disassembling appropriated materials to reconstruct non-linear narratives in her workThe artist works with found images from the past-- sometimes faded travel photographs, or the pages of old nature magazines, ethnographic artifacts or footage from forgotten television programmes. Epaminonda then manipulates the images, cutting and layering, to create new works that feel wholly part of the present. Epaminonda's work has been featured in solo exhibitions including at the Museo di Palazzo Poggi and Biblioteca Universitaria, Bologna, (2010), Tate Modern, London (2010), Site Gallery, Sheffield (2010), Malmö Konsthall, Malmö (2009), the Circus, Berlin (2008) and Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin (2008). Her work has also been shown widely in international group exhibitions and screenings including the Sharjah Biennial (2009), the Athens Biennale (2009), the New Museum, New York (2009), the Deste Foundation, Athens (2009), the Berlin Biennale (2008) and in 2007 she co-represented Cyprus at the Venice. She received the Linklaters Award (2002), the Undo Foundation Award (2007) and residencies include the Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin (2007-2008), Can Serrat, El Bruc (2005) and Cite Internationale Des Arts, Paris (2002). Haris Epaminonda studied at Chelsea College of Art and Design and Kingston University before receiving an MA at the Royal College of Art, London (2003). Born in Nicosia, Cyprus in 1980, she now lives and works in Berlin. Taken from the Sharjah Art Foundation website.