The RUNONART Project sets the spotlight on Ten Cypriot artists who become the protagonists in a series of interviews. Which is their source of inspiration? How does an artist work in his/her studio? What are they searching for? What are the means and materials they use? The answers to all these questions are passed on to the viewers in a very simple and yet direct way and their stories are not far from our own experiences. The participating artists are: Alexandros Yiorgkatzis, Anastasia Mina, Pashias, Dimitrios Ikonomou, Eleni Panayidou, Eleni Phyla, Lefteris Tapas, Marianna Konstanti, Marina Yerali, Christos Michaelides.
Director: Efi Spyrou
Photographer & producer: Emma Louise Charalambous
Text and interviews by: Christina Skordi
Camera & editing: SHGfims Cyprus Ltd
Sound and music: Zeyn Mroueh
Subtitles: Myrto Koromatzou
Creative communication: “The Lobsters”
Main sponsor: Cyprus Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports & Youth - Cultural Services
Marios Psaras meets Efi Spyrou on Zoom and chat visual arts, interdisciplinary and resilience in the time of Covid-19.
Efi’s 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 her artistic practice deals with a concurrently sensitive and caustic sociopolitical commentary. 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 our society.
Her artwork has been featured in numerous exhibitions in Greece, Cyprus, UK and Germany and is part of private collections worldwide.
Efi is the recipient of new artists award for the “175th Anniversary of National Bank of Greece” 2017.
She has a long experience in Fashion Industry and media (Catwalks@ Christian Dior, Versace, Moschino/ Video Clip @Music Video with Whitney Houston and George Michael, “If I told you that” March 2000, US and was goodwill ambassador in campaigns of public interest -“Variety and Healthy Life”- Campaign Against Eating Disorders 2009, “Fashion Targets Breast Cancer” 2002-2005, Against Women Trafficking 2007-2008, UNHCR-the UN refugee Agency 2008) in Europe and US.
Among her collaborations is POP magazine/London and designer Antonio Marras/Kenzo, in a sculptural story based on her project “Swings”, NOMAS magazine (Issue Paris) in a feature story dedicated to Arthur Rimbaud, Wallpaper*magazine London, in a feature story on her last solo show “The Onslaught of Dogs”.
She collaborated with the Hellenic-American Educational Foundation (HAEF), Athens, as Art Educator (2013-2017).
She is initiator of RUNONART, artist non-profit initiative for the promotion of local art communities through innovative mediums.
The Cyprus High Commission in the UK celebrates the 60th anniversary of the establishment of the Republic of Cyprus with a series of online cultural events in collaboration with Cypriot and British academic and cultural institutions, showcasing Cyprus’s cultural heritage as well as contemporary Cypriot culture. Join us for a week of concerts, performances, webinars, interviews, panel discussions, live streamings and film premieres.