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Calls and Songs

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    For his second solo show at eins gallery, Calls and Songs, Stelios Kallinikou presents a body of work that explores how human beings have registered and altered the environment through technologies, and how we relate to recording devices…Along with the lyricism of his depiction of bodies, animals, plants, or human constructions, Kallinikou takes a physical and ideological stance in relation to the lens and the image, which is then mirrored and expanded in his audiences' acts of looking.

    By taking a position in front of the technologies whereby we record the world, Kallinikou emphasizes the distance between his body, the lens, the image, and that which is being recorded. By extension, this also shows the distances we retain, and which we often forget about. His work grants us a glimpse of the underlying implications of looking and recording the world, that is, of the contexts in which images are produced, circulated and consumed—many of which seem to hide away the more a picture circulates. It prompts us, in the end, to decide our position concerning what would prefer to remain unseen in all the images we encounter.

    (Excerpt from exhibition text by Andrés Valtierra.)

    Stelios Kallinikou(b. 1985, Limassol, Cyprus) presents sequences of imagery that flow into interlaced dialogues, whilst examining different themes such as politics, colonialism, the environment, technology, spirituality, and the power of images. Through photography, video and sound, he constructs worlds with an introspective, reflective rhythm, which function as hypothetical scenarios through which to explore the

    relationships of territorial and ideological concepts related to the earth and the body &#8211 ; such as space/place and time/history.

    His work has been presented in solo exhibitions and group shows at SPEL, State Gallery of Contemporary Art, Nicosia, Cyprus (2023); Kunsthalle Baden Baden, Baden Baden, Germany (2022); 6th Ural Industrial Biennial of Contemporary Art, Ekaterinburg, Russia (2021); Goethe-Institut Zypern, Nicosia, Cyprus (2021); Gray Noise, Dubai, UAE (2021); Saigon, Athens, Greece (2021); Phenomenon, Anafi, Greece (2019); MOMus – Thessaloniki Museum of Photography (2019); NiMAC, Nicosia, Cyprus (2018); Foam Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands (2018); Benaki Museum, Athens, Greece (2017); Point Center of Contemporary Art, Nicosia, Cyprus (2017); Equilibrists, organized by the New Museum, New York and the DESTE Foundation, Athens, Greece (2016). Kallinikou was a resident at the Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany (2018-2019). He is the co-founder of Thkio Ppalies Project Space, based in Nicosia, Cyprus.

    Exhibition opening times:

    Wednesday &#8211 ; Friday,  4 – 8pm, Saturday, 11am – 2pm

    or by appointment at 99 522977

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