A Land Rover Approached the Village (Black Rainbow)
Terra Mediterranea: In Action, NiMac, Nicosia, 2017
curated by Yiannis Toumazis
Neoterismoi Toumazou investigate the idea of ruins in contemporary cultural consciousness. Exploring the deserted village of Ayios Sozomenos, near the green line, as a ‘heterotopia of deviancy’ that allows the expression of desires in a place that is seemingly on the margin, they install at the gallery space a model of the ruins of the church of Ayios Mamas, a figure standing in a gangplank position and an installation of light boxes, bridging an aesthetic fascination with ruins with a current function of the area, which is used by an electronic music community. The installation is built upon the team’s examination of the expressive capacities of materials -ruins built from Styrofoam and covered with clay, a sculpture taking an anthropomorphic cue due to limps dressed in plastic, light entering the scene from lightboxes arranged in an abstract, fluid composition. It operates as a theatre stage on which a study of the heterochronic relationship between memory and desire unfolds.
Neoterismoi Toumazou (Neo Toum) is a collective (Maria Toumazou, Marina Xenofontos, Orestis Lazouras) and an artist run space situated within the Venetian walls of old Nicosia, Cyprus. Neo Toum explores the inherited principles of its past use as a novelty shop and the creative potential within friendship. The group curates exhibitions, produces multiples, manages the Neoterismoi Toumazou imprint and the “NeoToum” fashion label. As a form of archiving they make campaigns and in 2016 they launched their first fashion line. They look at fashion as a broader cultural phenomenon whose dictates and temporalities influence all aspects of our lives. In 2016 they exhibited in Glasgow International at BRADLEY xx and they were part of the group that represented Cyprus in the 57th Venice Biennale.
text by Evagoras Vanezis