Papacharalambous’ diverse oeuvre includes painting, installations, video and short films, theatre sets and costumes, renovated ruins, and social sculpture. Vigorously exploring the possibilities and boundaries of painting -the medium in which she started- she exchanges its traditional tools and materials with other techniques and objects, whilst using surfaces other than the canvas. For the artist, art and life are simultaneous processes of movement, exchange, and reflection. Seeking the coordinates of their relationality, she also organised socio-artistic happenings, provided meals and platforms for discussions, created art foundations.
Inspired by her exhibition history, the title ‘woanders’, as a play of words in English, brings together the aporia and marvel of ‘wonder’ and the roving of ‘wander’. In German, it is a word which means ‘elsewhere’ and also ‘where else?’, when expressed as a question. ‘woanders’ is also the conceptual framework of the research methodology on which the making of the exhibition and publication is based, understood as an open, collaborative space of exploration into an under-construction archive. This archiving aims to unravel Papacharalambous’ mingling with the aesthetic sensibilities of our times as a trembling that oscillates between philosophies of becoming and a search for a practical aesthetic of existence.
The exhibition consists of a selection of works from the beginning of her artistic practice up to the present day, with many of the works being shown for the first time. A new soundscape by composer and sound artist Antonis Antoniou is presented, which utilises Papacharalambous’ recordings from her early studies in singing, to create a sonic collage. In collaboration with CYENS – Centre of Excellence, a wandering in the artists’ home and studio is effected by way of virtual reality. The curation of the exhibition space is realised with artist, poet and curator Christos Kyriakides. The publication, developed in collaboration between Papacharalambous and Vanezis and designed by Philippos Vassiliades, includes archival material and texts by the two. In addition, it includes a literary response by performance artist, writer, and poet Thomas Diafas.
The project is accompanied by a series of parallel events.
The Cultural Services of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sport and Youth
CYENS – Centre of Excellence