Christoforos Savva: Untimely, Again
by Jacopo Crivelli Visconti (ed.)
The book Christoforos Savva: Untimely, Again is published on the occasion of the participation of the Republic of Cyprus at the 58th edition of the Venice Biennale. Untimely, Again is a posthumous exhibition of works by Christoforos Savva (1924–1968) presented at the Cyprus Pavilion.
The publication focuses, in a very precise but also circumscribed manner, on a specific aspect of Christoforos Savva’s work that is beyond the artist’s control: the artwork’s presence in the world. The moment the work leaves the studio and goes into the world is, quite often, when artists themselves find out whether it has sufficient autonomy and strength. In Savva’s case and particularly in the case of such a fragmented photographic archive – and, therefore, so fascinating and suggestive – as the one presented in the book, the glimpses of his work in contact with the world over time silently witness and reflect the transformations of a society. Looking at, often blurred or slightly crooked, amateur photographs is a way to reaffirm that what matters, when one faces the work of Christoforos Savva, is not only or not so much individually looking at each painting, yfasmatography, or relief on its own, but also looking at the world around them.
The exhibition of Christoforos Savva’s work at the Cyprus Pavilion at the 58th edition of the Venice Biennale is part of a long-term research project on the artist’s legacy and the ways in which the main themes observed in his life and work continue to reverberate in local and international artistic production.
Curated by Jacopo Crivelli Visconti, co-organised by the Ministry of Education and Culture and Point Centre for Contemporary Art, Nicosia.