Curated by :Gary Carrion-Murayari and Helga Christoffersen with Massimiliano Gioni,organized by the DESTE Foundation and the New Museum, New York in collaboration with the Benaki Museum
The body of work Local Studies investigates the topography and by extension the complexities that shaped the nature of Cypriot identity. Disregarding the separation that has been defined and established through a conjured up hindrance, that is, ‘the green line’, a reading, or better yet a viewing is attempted, through Kallinikou’s lens, of the space as a whole. The work concerns an unobstructed walkthrough; an unhurried road trip at both the familiar south side of the island and the north, a relatively unknown side.
The interest of the photographer is turned to the urban, semi-urban and natural environment. Step by step Kallinikou creates his own personal space from within a collection of images that reveal hidden sides of everydayness. Mountains, buildings, trees, statues and so much more constitute what could be understood as a 'local poetics' and raise, first and foremost, questions around issues of identity, memory, history.
The rhythm of the images develops as if it were freeform writing, creating a framework in which there coexists beauty and intensity, distance and memory, everydayness and history, truth and fantasy. The artist shares with us his doubts about his identity and reflects on the notion of birthplace, of the motherland, as an inextricably unitary territorial and ideological value.