Marianna Christofides

Looking Against the Grain – The Hiatus of Uncertainty (Working Title)

Currently Marianna Christofides is working on a long-term project that attempts to examine the uncanny sense of dread as everything around us is stripped of reason and gradually slips out of our grasp. Considering that a state of unfading instability in manifold manifestations of social life has become the norm, Christofides asks for the locus in which this uncertainty entrenches, for the implications that such a study fuels, and the modalities through which an artist can approach a condition that inherently defies comprehension.

During the fellowship at Büchsenhausen Christofides will attempt to create an “anthology of moments of closure” tracing the “wandering” manifestations of uncertainty as it assumes different forms and qualities. Being exposed to this uncertain state and sensing moments of its manifestations will be central aspects of this approach. Taking the viewer on a part visual, part essayistic journey, in her project Christofides will be piecing together peripheral encounters into a poetic narrative which will be loosely woven to enable spaces for unsought revelations. The project will be structured along three main sections or chapters that are not conceived as air-tight and sealed but will be rather penetrable and open to negotiation. So the format and the different mediums used will be: moving-image installations composed of 16mm film, sound, text and slide projections will be complemented by drawings, prints and an artist publication. The different elements are integral in mapping out the current state of uncertainty, introducing a more visceral re-articulation and translation. Furthermore, the artist will work on collaging, layering, re-ordering and subtly staging the collected footage of images (recorded and archival), sounds, writings and objects to probe various constellations and their capacity and limits.

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Raised in Cyprus and currently working in Berlin, Marianna CHRISTOFIDES deals in her practice with entangled stories that constitute the different layers of multi-authored places. Imprints of slow violence in the spatial fabric and subtle manifestations of precarity are negotiated in long-term observations and a physical engagement with the sites under study. Investigating the singularities and latent narratives of often contested places, she is revisiting them over and over again. This recursive return is a means to approach the complicated and fragmented histories of people in different regions.
Christofides represented Cyprus in 2011 at the 54th Venice Biennale. She has been exhibiting internationally, among others at Akademie der Künste, Berlin; BOZAR, Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels; National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest; GAK Gesellschaft für Aktuelle Kunst, Bremen; Videonale. 17, Kunstmuseum Bonn; Museo Riso, Palermo; Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Siegen; Kunstpavillon, Innsbruck; Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Rijeka; 5th Thessaloniki Biennale; National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens; Museum für Photographie Braunschweig. Residencies include: Villa Kamogawa, Goethe-Institute, Kyoto; Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen, Innsbruck; Tabakalera, San Sebastian; IASPIS, Stockholm; Villa Aurora, Los Angeles; Gasworks, London. In 2019 Christofides was shortlisted for the Berlin Art Prize.

In cooperation with Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen, Marianna Christofides published the book Days in Between (2021).