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Anachoresis Upon Inhabiting Distances



Commissioner: Petros Dymiotis, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sport and Youth
Curators: Marina Christodoulidou, Era Savvides, Evagoras Vanezis, Nasios Varnavas

Venue: Associazione Culturale Spiazzi, Castello 3865

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Description

What is the vocabulary that emerges and what are the spatial experiences that occur when we address the question of distances as a paradigm for the development of new socialities? The project Anachoresis puts forward a rethinking of spatial contracts of interior spaces, by scaling up the most social object of interior living, the table. Given a modular and quasi-monumental form and inspired by the differing scales that we come across during a walk in the city, the design incorporates local architectural idioms and materialities, and in itself becomes an archive of scales. Anachoresis, an abrupt jolt of departure, gives rise to allegories of new perceptions wherein notions of an ethics (or a physics) of distance can be renegotiated.

Biennale Sneak Peek

Image 1 – How will we live together?
With the abrupt retreat from public space into the domestic, the negotiation of distances and rhythms necessary for living together has highlighted existing chasms and taken on new dimensions, which call to be inhabited.
Photo: a table and four chairs for the construction workers of the new townhall site in Nicosia, resting amidst ancient ruins, 2020

 

Image 2 – Sneak peek of the project
The Cyprus Pavilion’s site-specific installation scales up the most social and unifying object of living together, the table. It is shaped by the pavilion’s domestic typology, suggesting new forms of sociality.
Photo: Nasios Varnavas, Anachoresis I, from the series of drawings for the Cyprus Pavilion, 2020

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