Oo | Cyprus in Venice
An exhibition spreading through the Cypriot and Lithuanian pavilions
Raimundas Malašauskas

Oo is a slightly asymmetric structure conveying uneven, yet mutually open elements; slinging in a movement of a constant twist between the two (at least), suspicious of one, entailed by organizational surfing. Drawing on interest in forms of organisation rather than organisation of forms, it floats like life and plankton.

An exhibition curated from its middle starts as a dream or with 5 artists walking into the Internet (one of them meets living sculptures on the streets of Venice), runs the test of childhood or writes a new obituary for a long-time dead illusionist, steps into TV gymnastics or moves along the lines of furniture and cinema, flashes with dog’s eyes or lights up neon in Maya, brings a motorcycle closer to modernist architecture or triggers electric currents, shoots for the last time or wonders like a star on a screen-saver, turns into a cross-sequence of walls or flips even and odd pages at once, walks the passage between two people in different cities or tunes the building to a heartbeat, plays an algorithm for the future or sinks into an orchestra pit, sounds like a palace in someone’s mouth or joins the book of future children, tastes of the beginning and end simultaneously.

Exhibition as a grand detail belonging to a whole that opens up as a detail within a detail. oO becomes Oo and o0. It takes place in a building that has its own rhythm, character and schedule: the favourite venue of physical exercise in Venice. It will be witnessing a simultaneous co-habitation of art and sports for the entire summer. It can only be matched by the exercise of cosmopolitanism by the two respective countries.

Artists: Liudvikas Buklys, Gintaras Didžiapetris, Jason Dodge, Lia Haraki, Maria Hassabi, Phanos Kyriacou, Myriam Lefkowitz, Gabriel Lester, Elena Narbutaitė, Morten Norbye Halvorsen, Algirdas Šeškus, Dexter Sinister, Constantinos Taliotis, Kazys Varnelis, Natalie Yiaxi, Vytautė Žilinskaitė

Curator: Raimundas Malašauskas; Commissioners: Aurimė Aleksandravičiūtė, Louli Michaelidou, Jonas Žakaitis; Production Manager: Francesca Bertolotti; Assistant Commissioners: Angela Skordi & Marika Ioannou; Project Coordinators: Constantinos Filiotis & Roscianach Habibi Minelli; Assistants: Justė Jonutytė, Chiara Ianeselli; Graphic Designers: Goda Budvytytė, Julie Peeters & Joris Kritis

Supporters: Cyprus Ministry of Education and Culture, Cultural Services (Organiser & Sponsor, Cyprus), Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania (Sponsor, Lithuania), Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania, Embassy of the Republic of Cyprus in Rome, Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania to the Italian Republic, Cyprus Tourism Organisation (CTO), Lithuanian National Radio and Television, The Mondriaan Fund, Office for Contemporary Art Norway (OCA), LAWIN, Objectif Exhibitions, UAB Optronika

Maria Hassabi

Maria Hassabi (b. Nicosia) is a New York based artist and choreographer. Her performances and installations are presented worldwide in theaters, museums, galleries, and public spaces including, Centre Pompidou (Paris); K20, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen (Düsseldorf); documeta14 (Kassel); Walker Art Center (Minneapolis); Museum of Modern Art (New York); Hammer Museum (Los Angeles); Institute of Contemporary Art (Boston); Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam); Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels); ArtSonje (Seoul); Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (Melbourne); steirischer herbst (Graz); Performa (New York); The Kitchen (New York), amongst others. Hassabi has received a 2016 “Bessie” Award for Outstanding Production; the 2015 Herb Alpert Award; the 2012 President’s Award for Performing Arts from Lower Manhattan Cultural Council; a 2011 Guggenheim Fellowship; and a 2009 Grants to Artists Award from Foundation for Contemporary Arts. She holds a BFA from California Institute of the Arts. Hassabi represented Cyprus at the 55th Venice Biennale of Art in a joint exhibition of Cypriot and Lithuanian artists.

Lia Haraki

Lia Haraki (b.1975, Limassol) lives and works in Limassol. Studied at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. Soon emerged as one of the leading creative forces in contemporary dance. Has performed all over Europe and taken part in the major festivals. In 2003 she founded her own company, .pelma.lia haraki; in 2005, with four other Cypriot companies, established the Dance House Lemesos, the only space in Cyprus dedicated entirely to contemporary dance. She teaches at the University of Nicosia. Haraki represented Cyprus at the 55th Venice Biennale of Art in a joint exhibition of Cypriot and Lithuanian artists.

Phanos Kyriacou 

Phanos Kyriacou (b. 1977), living and working in Nicosia, holds a BFA from Middlesex School of Fine Arts, London and a MFA from Goldsmiths University, London. He has had numerous solo and group shows in Cyprus and abroad. Selected solo exhibitions include: “This Case is in Process of Arrangement”, Thkio Ppalies, Nicosia (2017); “Daily Life”, Maccarone, New York (2015); “Who is Nathan?”, Rupert, Vilnius (2015); “The Adventures of a Giant Midget”, Thkio Ppalies, Nicosia (2015); “view to river from north”, Maccarone, New York (2014); “Between a woman and a mountain”, The Temporary Museum, Nicosia (2013); “Intimate long shot”, Chypre Culture, Paris (2012); “corners concrete pine wood man standing” Kinderhook & Caracas, Berlin (2012); “Everyone should walk”, Salon Popular,  Berlin (2011); “On Handling Considered as one of the Fine Arts”, Kreuzberg Pavilion, Berlin (2011); “I am going to have to disappoint you”, Altes Finamzant, Berlin (2011); “Glimpses and observations”, Glogauair Residency Program Berlin (2011), “It was an odd, almost unreal landscape, not without a certain beauty” Omikron Gallery, Nicosia (2010); “Crash helmets must be removed”, APOTHEKE, Nicosia (2009). He is represented by Maccarone NY. Kyriacou represented Cyprus at the 55th Venice Biennale of Art in a joint exhibition of Cypriot and Lithuanian artists.

Constantinos Taliotis

Constantinos Taliotis (b.1983, Nicosia) lives and works in Cyprus. He is a research-based artis, whose practice focuses on narratological, aesthetic and architectural modalities deriving from popular cultural iconography. It ranges from immersive installations to photographic tableaux vivants, and from videos to books and object-based sculptures. His work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions at, amongst other places, L’Oeil de Poisson, Quebec City; The Petach Tikva Museum, Tel Aviv; Pilot Galeri, Istanbul; Arcus Projects, Moriya, Japan; AKBANK Cultural Centre, Istanbul; Salone Degli Incanti, Trieste; Thessaloniki Biennial; Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin. Upcoming exhibitions include APhF at the Thessaloniki Museum of Photography and Terra Incognita at the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin.Taliotis co-represented Cyprus at the 55th Venice Biennale of Art in a joint exhibition of Cypriot and Lithuanian artists.

Natalie Yiaxi

Natalie Yiaxi is an interdisciplinary artist based in Nicosia, Cyprus. She is a graduate of Coventry School of Art and Design, the Center for Cultural and Media Policy Studies of Warwick University and Camberwell College of Arts in London. She is working around the politics of the everyday and she uses language in order to access the unnoticed and the invisible in the quotidian. She is the co-founder of the artist-run gallery PARTY Contemporary. Yiaxi represented Cyprus at the 55th Venice Biennale of Art in a joint exhibition of Cypriot and Lithuanian artists.

  • Raimundas Malašauskas

    Raimundas Malašauskas is a curator and writer. His curatorial work is shaped by the belief in creativity of the public. He has presented art exhibitions through hypnosis séances —his ongoing Hypnotic Show—and variety performances, such as in his ongoing Clifford Irving Show. His writing combines his interest in contemporary art, music, doubling, food, history, science, his native Lithuania and time travel, among other subjects. Malašauskas recently worked as one of the agents of dOCUMENTA(13), this summer in Kassel. Previous to this, he was curator of the Satellite exhibition series at the Jeu de Paume Museum in Paris in 2010-2011; a curator at Artists Space, New York in 2007-2009; and, visiting curator at California College of the Arts, San Francisco in 2007 to 2008. Since 2011, he teaches at the Sandberg Art Institute in Amsterdam. From 1995 to 2006, Malašauskas worked at the Contemporary Art Centre in Vilnius, where he curated numerous exhibitions, including the IX Baltic Triennial, Black Market Worlds (2005). There, he also produced the first two seasons of the weekly television show CAC TV, an experimental merger of commercial television and contemporary art, which ran under the slogan: “Every program is a pilot, every program is the final episode.”


Palasport “Giobatta Gianquinto” (Palasport Arsenale), Calle San Biagio 2132, Castello – Venezia