WINNER OF EUROPEAN GLASS CONTEXT 2021
CYPRUS WINS 1st PLACE AT THE EUROPEAN GLASS CONTEXT 2021
‘RIPPLES OF TIME’ – BY YORGOS PAPADOPOULOS
Winner of European Glass Context 2021 – Yorgos Papadopoulos has been awarded the first prize at the 2021 edition of the prestigious European Glass Context in Bornholm, Denmark, with his artwork ‘Ripples of Time’. In his introduction of the competition, the Director, Dr Sven Hauschke, mentioned what the jury was looking for in both the personal and beauty of the 62 works exhibited in the competition. He explained the winning artwork as the unconscious remembrance of war, displacement and loss caused by the Turkish invasion of 1974.
Dr Sven Hauschke is the Director of Kunstsammlungen der Veste Coburg and the European Museum of Modern Glass (Germany). Other jury members were Jean Blanchaert, director of Blanchaert Gallery, curator of the last edition of Homo Faber (Italy), and Nina Husted Erichsen, Head of Programme, Royal Danish Academy, Programme for Crafts in Glass and Ceramics on Bornholm, (Denmark). The 2nd prize was won by Jeff Zimmer for his very moving installation ‘Shadow / Shelter’.
‘Ripples of Time’ is an artwork created by Yorgos Papadopoulos in 2019. It was first exhibited during the solo exhibition ‘Layers of Depth’ organised in collaboration with Alpha C.K. Art Gallery in Nicosia in May of the same year. Venetian glass historian and curator Cristina Tonini of Istituto Veneto in Venice selected ‘Ripples of Time’. As a result, the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts accepted it to represent Cyprus at the 2021 edition of the biennale European Glass Context in Bornholm, Denmark. Furthermore, since the work is directly related to an important geopolitical event, namely the Turkish invasion of Cyprus in 1974, the work was entered under the category ‘works generating from social or political practices’. ‘Ripples of Time’ is an installation consisting of six 70 x 70 cm panels of broken and laminated glass in stainless steel frames. The panels are suspended with wires at distances proportional to the time elapsed between certain milestones of the artist’s personal life. The installation allows the viewer to walk around and in between the panels.
Under the title ‘Maculated Memory’, art theorist Dr Niki Katsaouni wrote an essay about ‘Ripples of Time’. In her article, Dr Katsaouni says that a war museum should be made for Cyprus and that ‘Ripples of Time’ should be part of it. Yorgos hopes that the distinction of this international prize will help realise this goal.
Photo Credit (Images below) – Elena Alonefti Fitikidou
European Glass Context 2021 consists of 2 large curated exhibitions at the Bornholm Art Museum and Grønbechs Gård, both located on the idyllic Danish Island of Bornholm. They showcase the best of European glass. A curator group of 7 glass professionals made the final selection of 62 artists, which represented 31 European countries. The exhibitions will be running until 21st November 2021.
The participation in European Glass Context 2021 was graciously supported by the Cyprus Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports as part of the Culture II Programme for funding creative artists.
Photo Credit (Images below) – Yorgos Studio Ltd
Yerambellos Art Studio was founded by Cypriot born glass artist Yorgos Papadopoulos. His unique treatment of glass is innovative and highly experimental. Papadopoulos’ successful commissions range from medium to large-scale works for venues such as corporate headquarters, hotel lobbies, private residences, luxury cruise liners and garden landscapes. Pioneer of a technique he developed at the Royal College of Art, Papadopoulos breaks, colours and textures sheets of industrial glass. After being laminated, the artworks seem fragile but are extremely durable.
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