The State Gallery of Contemporary Art - SPEL, Nicosia, Cyprus, 2023
Studies in Geology
Foam Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 2018
Over The Horizon, Drone Vision: Surveillance, Warfare, Protest
Nimac, Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre, 2018
PARTY Contemporary | Artist-run gallery, Nicosia, Cyprus, 2018
Where are you going young man, handsome like a legend
Point Centre for Contemporary Art, Nicosia, Cyprus, 2017
The Equilibrists
organized by the Deste Foundation and the New Museum, New York in collaboration with the Benaki Museum, 2016

Contemporary Photographic Practices and the Archive
The State Gallery of Contemporary Art - SPEL

Nicosia, Cy

curator, Dr Elena Stylianou

Stelios Kallinikou’s work inhabits a space between reality and dreamworld, fact and fiction, the collective and the personal, the power of images and their relation to History. A combination of video, photography, and archival documentation blur the boundaries of the above, offering new readings relevant to the island’s colonial past and how this is intertwined with our current socio-political mythologies. On the one hand, “Radar station” – picturing RAF Troodos station, one of the main British overseas military installations since 1878 –; “Flamingo Theatre” – an abstract collage of poetic images created from a vast archival digital material and aspires to render the nuances and contradictions of the Akrotiri peninsula (British Western Sovereign Base Area) -; and “Midnight” – a series produced by re-photographing and restaging the signing ceremony for the establishment of the Republic of Cyprus, attest to the island’s charged past. On the other hand, a set of images, negotiates the personal. Film stills showing “The End” titles of the artist’s baptism ceremony filmed by a professional videographer when he was 3 months old and Sleep showing the artist’s young brother, filmed by his father, while an adult is disrupting his sleep, are excavated from personal archives. The ambiguities between the personal and historical discourse are only further challenged in Document which explores the interstitial space between language, information, and the image: the official Press photo from the signing ceremony for the establishment of the Republic of Cyprus was downloaded from the web and opened with a text edit programme in an incomprehensible and open to interpretation code.

Flamingo Theatre, 2019, Video, 13 minutes (excerpt)

Sleep, 2022, video, loop

The exhibition is being co-organised by the Cultural Services of the Deputy Ministry of Culture and IAPT (International Association of Photography and Theory, Cyprus), and opens in connection to IAPT’s 6th International Conference of Photography and Theory (ICPT2022, 17-19 November 2022, Nicosia).

Participating artists:  

Alexia Achilleos, Marianna Christofides, Andreas G. Coutas, Haris Epaminonda, Mustafa Hulusi, Stelios Kallinikou, Nicolas Lambouris, Orestis Lazouras, Anastasia Mina, Christodoulos Panagiotou, Haris Pellapaisiotis, Nicos Philippou, Efi Savvides, Theopisti Stylianou-Lambert, Constantinos Taliotis, Maria Toumazou, Rahme Veziroglou.