Maria Loizidou: Guardians of Our Space (1996)

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The artwork «Guardians of Our Space» was created during the group exhibition of contemporary Cypriot artists «Riches of Cyprus» in 1996

Visual artist Maria Loizidou (born 1958), in a poetic mood creates forms which resemble dreams or memories and lead to existential questions, often referencing mythical symbols. Her art often echoes her familiarity with psychoanalysis and the lived experience of recent Cypriot history. It combines the finesse of design and lightness of materials with the robustness of the composition and her assertive relationship with architectural space. “Guardians of Our Space” (1996) is characteristic of her artistic pursuits. The artist created here an everyday image, interwoven with the traditional role of women, into which she incorporates objects with distinct reference to ancient Greek history and patriarchal societies. Thus, the piece becomes a record of the relationship between the two genders but, with an ironic mood, it refers to their socially shaped identity as well.


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