An installation consisting of freestanding metal steps; a lightbox; and a painting entitled ‘Lemon Dance in New York’. The three create a special poetics of the in-between, an intersubjective space where symbols from the archives of Christophoros Kyiakides meet her own artistic sensibility. A chance encounter with Kyriakides’ board game, ‘Six Continents Stars Compass’, catalysed a strong fascination that led to the uncovering of his archive. The publication presented upon the last step, part of Xenofontos’ practice- based research, brings to the fore the rich universe of Kyriakides’ personal symbolism that she creatively harnesses as a means of an alternative, atypical handling and systematisation of themes and issues that she finds affinities with. The lightbox and the metal steps on view are based on Kyriakides drawings. He named the freestanding structure ‘The Steps of Life’. This, in conjunction with her handling of his rich symbolism, situates an act that coordinates (maps) itself as a process of making-public what would have remained hidden. ‘Lemon Dance in New York’ depicts a dance that the Cypriot expatriates used to practice as part of their celebrations. The painting is a token of appreciation to Kyriakides: he was obsessed with the American dream and intended his board game for worldwide distribution. With this painting the artist grants credence to Kyriakides’ frustrated dreams of moving to the United States and imagines him as part of a community in which he had invested a lot of his personal situatedness.

text by Evagoras Vanezis

Installation view, AyeBaDome:Super, Thkio Ppalies, 2016

We are not alone We are a fly in the milk of infinity, diagram by Christophoros Kyriakides, 128-page publication, A4, 2016

Heart, Lips. Plexiglas, led, sticker, chain, 46(W)x8(L)x50cm(H), 2016

We are not alone We are a fly in the milk of infinity, Metal, 67(W)x128(L)x93cm(H), 2016

Installation view, AyeBaDome:Super, Thkio Ppalies, 2016


Lemon Dance in New York, Acrylic and enamel paint on wood, 110x110cm, 2016

Lemon Dance in New York(detail), Acrylic and enamel paint on wood, 110x110cm, 2016