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Photo by   Despina Spyrou

Being informed by intimate experiences and the context of my homeland, Cyprus, as a troublesome environment characterized by intense social and cultural contrasts and an unstable political condition, my work talks about the progressive movement from the particularity of personal narrative to the universality of collective memory. Employing the means of sculpture, drawing video and photo-performance my artistic practice deals with a concurrently sensitive and caustic sociopolitical commentary, while navigating the contradictions generated by a disciplined and conservative background in contrast to the fast-paced world of fashion and mass media in which I have been active for several years.

Concepts of presence and absence, visibility and invisibility, mobility and stasis are brought together under a single artistic research that re-addresses the threshold between the private and the public sphere, cultural representation and the contemporary anxieties of western society. From the usage of natural materials and cultural references, to the industrial, distant and sometimes dystopian elements usually present in my work, my artistic practice endeavors to build up a vocabulary of materials and forms that respond to the conceptual and narrative directives of a body of work that engages with the production of hybrid objects and installations imbued with a poetic language.

Attempting to touch on the complex relations between one’s self with the ‘other’ in regards to matters of intercultural dialogue and identity, institutionalization, power and discipline, trauma and gender politics…I am inviting the spectator in an intellectual and emotional state of implicit participation…

          E. Spyrou

Born and raised in Cyprus. Since 1996 she lives and works in different cities worldwide.

Her work has been exhibited in Greece and Cyprus since 2007, including the artist’s solo exhibitions “Post Gravity”  and recent “The onslaught of dogs”. She has also been featured in numerous group exhibitions and workshops in Greece, Cyprus, London and Berlin. Most recent include, Contemporary Art Festivals (Biennale:4 Thessaloniki Biennale, Action Field Kodra Visual Arts Festival, Dimitria Festival,Thessaloniki GR), Cultural Organizations and Art Spaces (ISET| The Contemporary Greek Art Institute, House of Cyprus, M.Cacogyannis Foundation, Athens, White Tower& Teloglion Foundation, Thessaloniki, GR, Centre of Contemporary Art Diatopos, Space, Nicosia, CY).

She has a long experience in Fashion Industry as a model, presenter, and public figure (CD, Versace, Moschino, Kenzo and mgzs Pop Mag, Madame Figuro, Bazzar, NOMAS UK, US, GR, CY).  She was involved in Campaigns of public interest (“Variety and Healthy Life”- Campaign Against Eating Disorders Lanitis 2009, “Fashion Targets Breast Cancer” 2002-2005, Against Women Trafficking 2007-2008, UNHCR-the UN refugee Agency 2008) in Europe and US.

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Selected Press:

REVIEWS

“Body language: Efi Spyrou is both artist and artwork at Diatopos in Cyprus”, Elly Parsons, Wallpaper*magazine, EN (Dec.2016)
“The Onslaught of Dogs by Efi Spyrou at Diatopos Centre of Contemporary Art in Nicosia. CY”, Charis Kanellopoulou, The Kinsky.com, EN (Dec.2016)
“The Onslaught of Dogs, Solo Exhibition by Efi Spyrou”,  Kathimerini Newspaper, CY (GR) (Dec.2016)
“On the grid: new Athens show unites the work of three Greek artists”, Ali Morris, Wallpaper*magazine, EN (Dec. 2015)
“Search and Destroy”, Cathryn Dake, Artforum, EN (Dec.2015)
“Exhibition PLEXUS at ‘House of Cyprus”, econews.gr, GR (Nov.2015)
“What really happens in the art market…”, Kiara Souganidou, iefimerida.gr, GR (May 2016)
“How much does art cost”, Marilena Astrapellou, Vimagazino magazine, GR (Apr.2016)
 “POP 816”, Vanessa, POP mag. Online London, EN (Feb. 2012)
“Antivainin” Efi Spyrou, Capital Newspaper, GR (Jan.2012)
“Rooms 2012”, Naftemporiki Newspaper, GR(Jan.2012)
“Rooms with View”, Elena Parpa, Phileleftheros Newspaper, CY, GR (Jan.2012)
“Neoromantisism…greek young artists”, Vassilika Sarilaki, theartnoise.blogspot.gr, GR (Feb.2012)
“Exhibition Pop Noueveau at is Not Gallery”, Must magazine, CY, GR (Oct.2011)
“Efi Spyrou-Pop Nouveau, Is not Gallery”, Marina Avraam, «To Periodiko» magazine, (Self Portrait), CY (Sept. 2011)
“Exhibition: Pop Nouveau at Is Not Gallery”, Filep Motwary , unnouveauideal.typepad.com & anothermagazine.com, EN (Sep.2011)
“Post Gravity by Efi Spyrou”, Minas Minatsis, eternaloptimist.com, EN (May2011)
“Trauma zones…”, Marina Shiza, Phileleftheros Newspaper, CY (April 2010)
“Intercalary visual actions”, Naftemporiki Newspaper, GR (April 2010)

INTERVIEWS 

“Efi Spyrou: The onslaught of Dogs”, Christina Skordi, Private Viewing, Fileleftheros Newspaper, CY-GR (Self Portrait) (Dec. 2016)
“La signora de l’Arte”, Madamelefo.com, CY-GR (Dec.2016)
“The beauty of Art”, Sotia Zeniou, Omikron Magazine, CY (Self Portrait) (Feb.2016)
“Efi Spyrou: On the hidden poetry of things”, Christina Skordi, City Faces, Fileleftheros Newspaper, CY (Self Portait) (Dec.2015)
“Threshold, Efi Spyrou at ailexeis“, www.ailexeis.wordpress.com, GR (Dec. 2015)
“Efi Spyrou presents her new work in Athens…” Tonia Stavrinou, www.like.philenews.com, online (Self Portrait) (Nov. 2015)
“Efi Spyrou…in Berlin and Athens “, Christina Skordi, Fileleftheros Newspaper, CY (Self Portrait) (June 2014)
“Change of Course”, Barbara Georgiadou, Madame Figaro magazine, CY, p.42 (Agenda/ Self Portrait) (Aug. 2013)
“Efi Spyrou”, Alexandros Priftis, Magazine Down Town CY, p.55  (Self Portrait) (July 2013)
“Efi Spyrou”, Marilena Astrapellou, Newspaper Vima- magz. Vima Donna, GR, p.76 Future (Self Portrait) (?ay 2013)
 “Efi Spyrou. Straight Forward…”, Vasilika Sarilaki, theartnoise.com (Self Portrait) (Jan.2014)
“Künstlerische Inspiration trotz Krise”, Chrissi Wilkens, Deutschlandradio, Kultur heute (Team Portrait) GER (Dec. 2013)
“Efi Spyrou Swings”, Rene Habermacher, thestimuleye.com & parisisdead.com (Self Portrait), EN (March.2011)

THEORETICAL TEXTS

“Bodies in Procession”Charis Kanellopoulou, Diatopos, Nicosia (Dec.2016)
“Devalue, Value, Surplus Value| Between “work” and “art”, Charis Kanellopoulou, ISET, Contemporary Greek Art Institute, Athens (Apr.2016)
“PLEXUS, The grid as process”, Tina Pandi-Stamatis Schizakis, Athens (Nov.2015)
“Fight or Flight”, Marina Xatzilouka, Lydia Mandridou, Karolina Spyrou, Space, Nicosia (Dec. 2015)
“Things Known and Unknown and in Between the Doors”, Vasilika Sarilaki (Dec.2014)
“Pink Milk”, Tradition Today, Stavros Kavallaris, House of Cyprus, Athens (Oct.2014)
“Folding Embodiments”, Optical Antrhopologist Evangelia Ledaki, Art Athena Fair 2013, GR (May 2013)
“Stopover” by Nikos Mykoniatis, Haris Kanellopoulou, Art Historian, Action Field Kodra, Contemporary Art Festival Thessaloniki GR (Sept.2012)
“Memoria”, Kostas Argianas, Art Historian, Tsihritzi Foundation, Athens, GR (May 2012)
“Efi Spyrou-Series Pink Milk”, Andrea Constantinou, CY (Jun.2011)
“Emvolima”, Thanasis Moutsopoulos, Cultural Center of Cyprus, Athens GR (May 2010)
 “The Big Sleep”, Thanasis Moutsopoulos, National Gallery, Kalamata, GR (Jun.2008)

Special Collaborations:
“Metamorphoses”, Commission Polyeco Contemporary Art Initiative (2013-2015), Athens, GR
“Arthur Rimbaud” [1854-1891], Lightning, Collaboration with NOMAS magazine, Paris issue (Winter 2015)
“Efi Spyrou-Antonio Marras” (Kenzo), Collaboration in a sculptural story based on her project “Swings”, (Summer 2011) Pop magazine, UK
PoP contributor, PoP magazine, London, UK
Stimuleye contributor, http://thestimuleye.com/tag/art/page/2/ Stimuleye Archive by Fashion photographer Rene Habermacher