I DON’T SLEEP, I DREAM
4 March – 10 April 2021
@The Island Club

“Life is running normal, smoothly, like a thousand hearts falling on me with a thousand bright lightnings on them. It’s a big storm of waves; most of them enticing to ride on. Pleasing for the eyes, but not always—that is where I am standing from. Is this another charming story of an idea eager to be acknowledged? A story wouldn’t be that bad actually. It always smells like, when you know what you’re talking about, and it almost feels like two people are making bread, somewhere near. You can barely see them, talking about the weather on their breaks, or about how strange it is to recognise what you like when you see it.”1 You know, sometimes I wonder how things would be if we could be together. The Self as a solitary being–Descartes. The Self as a solitary thinking being—solipsism. Solipsism and the problem of other minds.

Last night at dinner I met my cousin’s wife, she has a flower tattooed on her hand and the initials of another man. As grandpa was sitting, a Russian woman came to ask for two euros so that she could buy a candle. I guess she is his caretaker. I wish there was a machine that kissed relatives. I would have liked to design it and name it “kissing machine for relatives.”

Wild plants on the roof of an adobe house, sunsets hitting hard on cheap aluminium windows making them golden, making them current. White, pink, blue, yellow, black… this is how I think of things nowadays. This wasn’t a Cyprus dream, it was rather a monkey and a tiger hugging in my dream, it was more about the solution, it was more about “we wanted the solution too.”

Anecdotal stories and epitomical coincidences associated with individuals can suggest alternative understandings of collective events through minor histories; still part of the broader landscape of ruling contemporary ideas and behaviours, they provide an insight into the real as it manifests itself in the everyday. The real sometimes turns out to be a tiger and a monkey hugging in my dream, or an experience in an L.A.-decorated brothel house in the tourist area of the island’s Mediterranean coastline. You are there in the first place because your DJ friend suggested you make a DJ box for a party, and then the owner of the brothel house takes the microphone and performs a speech on how sex has to be part of everyone’s life no matter who or how old you are, and locality and universalism somehow converge.

Love is when we speak other languages

“Love is, when we speak other languages To the fathers of young children, to Edward, to anything that kept us on, to the streets.”2 Love is, when we speak other languages when we don’t have anyone to be aware of.

– Selected notes from the artist’s diary

  1. Extract from Kανονική Ζωή - Ηλίθια Σώματα, a self-published book of texts. Author and date unknown.
  2. Neoterismoi Toumazou, “Salamaki street”. In: Jan Verwoert and Polys Peslikas, (eds.), Umm Kulthum faints on stage, Sternberg Press, 2020.

L o v e, 2019, egg tempera, chalk, ground gesso, wood, 30 x 40 x 2 cm

L o v e, 2019, egg tempera, chalk, ground gesso, wood, 30 x 40 x 2 cm

Copy of a dream, 2020, modified object, 240 x 120 x 91 cm
Class memorial, 2020, gold and silver anodised aluminium, 202 x 153 x 12 cm
Children of builders, grandchild of miners, 2020, MDF wood, rejected monobloc chair, 86 x 40 x 40 cm

Copy of a dream, 2020, modified object, 240 x 120 x 91 cm

Copy of a dream, 2020, modified object, 240 x 120 x 91 cm

Copy of a dream, 2020, modified object, 240 x 120 x 91 cm
Class memorial, 2020, gold and silver anodised aluminium, 202 x 153 x 12 cm

Class memorial, 2020, gold and silver anodised aluminium, 202 x 153 x 12 cm

Class memorial, 2020, gold and silver anodised aluminium, 202 x 153 x 12 cm
Children of builders, grandchild of miners, 2020, MDF wood, rejected monobloc chair, 86 x 40 x 40 cm

Class memorial, 2020, gold and silver anodised aluminium, 202 x 153 x 12 cm
Children of builders, grandchild of miners, 2020, MDF wood, rejected monobloc chair, 86 x 40 x 40 cm

Children of builders, grandchild of miners, 2020, MDF wood, rejected monobloc chair, 86 x 40 x 40 cm

Children of builders, grandchild of miners, 2020, MDF wood, rejected monobloc chair, 86 x 40 x 40 cm

Rainbow, 2020, rainbow, copper, steel, motor, power, 180 x 38 x 32 cm
Mirror room, 2020, C-print on silver leaf wood panel, 54 =x 63 x 2 cm

Rainbow, 2020, rainbow, copper, steel, motor, power, 180 x 38 x 32 cm

Rainbow, 2020, rainbow, copper, steel, motor, power, 180 x 38 x 32 cm

Mirror room, 2020, C-print on silver leaf wood panel, 54 x 63 x 2 cm

Mirror room, 2020, C-print on silver leaf wood panel, 54 x 63 x 2 cm

Overnight coop plan, 2020, resin, pigment, 65 x 65 x 42 cm

Overnight coop plan, 2020, resin, pigment, 65 x 65 x 42 cm

Security, 2019, unique bronze cast in ashes, 102 x 58 x 8 cm

Security, 2019, unique bronze cast in ashes, 102 x 58 x 8 cm

Two fists in a heart shape, 2019, unique bronze cast in ashes, 30 x 23 x 2 cm

Two fists in a heart shape, 2019, unique bronze cast in ashes, 30 x 23 x 2 cm