Maria Toumazou: RHYTHM, CITIZEN – Announcements


It all started with a swinging bell,” she says. I want the bell to crack.

When a bell is struck, the sign and time are given. For citizens to celebrate life in the old town, for them to hide or worship, to lay off workers and start over, to remember that life is over, for the clearance sale to begin, for the photographer to rinse her paper exposed, a flashing security light. Each time a bell is struck, it rings inside. In this mutual involvement of time and population, RHYTHM, CITIZEN resounds.

RHYTHM, CITIZEN brings together the brands of two clock and watch manufacturers: Rhythm and Citizen. Found and coupled, they set the scene for an exhibition that unravels and complicates how the measurements of time move and make people move; how they give impetus to artefacts, their fictions and their patina; how their transience exhilarates the making of an image.

RHYTHM, CITIZEN punctuates the Grazer Kunstverein through sculpture, photography, design and situated interventions. It marks the moment when time is stopped, frozen and encrusted, then put back into motion. He moved away from the city of Nicosia, like a passage or a crossing, like a sensor of time, eyes wide open, then closed again.

RHYTHM, CITIZEN takes shape through the cadence of a poem, the periodicity of work, the sliding of glass doors, the frequencies of life, the patterns of music and movement marked by a succession of strong and weak elements.

RHYTHM, CITIZEN brings together friends and collaborators, neighbors and entertainers: Felix Taylor (Platten Haus), Koula Savvidou, Tasos Lamnisos (x.ypno), Stelios Ilchuk, Claudia Paschalides, Kyriakos Kyriakides, Marietta Mavrokordatou, Lital Ben Haim (thebasketlady), and Photo Net.

RHYTHM, CITIZEN is an opportunity for EXHAUST [ΕΞΩΣΤ]an album by x.ypno & steliosilchuk to play loud and lively, and for Borrowed, a publication by Maria Toumazou, Aristotelis Nikolas Mochloulis, Georgia Triantafyllidou, Maya Tounta, Koula Savvidou and Evagoras Vanezis, to be published.

RHYTHM, CITIZEN is accompanied by R,Ca publication that combines artist statement, photography and Cypriot rap, with contributions from Koula Savvidou, Tasos Lamnisos (x.ypno), Stelios Ilchuk, Maria Toumazou, Julie Peeters and Tom Engels.

RHYTHM, CITIZEN is curated by Tom Engels.

A bell rings within her and continues to ring.
A bell is struck and continues to ring.

Maria Toumazou (b. 1989, Cyprus) is an artist and publisher based in Nicosia. Recent solo presentations include SCRAP BPoint Center for Contemporary Art at the Moufflon bookstore, Nicosia (2022); Reel, Hot Wheels Athens (2021); and Elysee with a beautiful face, Thkio Ppalies, Nicosia (2019), among others. Toumazou has participated in collective exhibitions including SOEURHOOD, Streaming voice unifying energiesAngelo Plessas and PET Projects, Nicosia (2021); Touch releaseNassauischer Kunstverein Wiesbaden (2021); HypersurfacingNiMAC, Nicosia (2019); Soft stone documents, Municipal Arts Center, Limassol (2017), among others. Neoterismoi Toumazou (former collective of Toumazou with Orestis Lazouras and Marina Xenofontos) was invited as a special guest at the Cyprus Pavilion at the Arte Biennale 2017, Venice, curated by Jan Verwoert. Toumazou is the (co-)founder of Neoterismoi Toumazou, Maria Editions and Metafora. She was a visiting student at the Städelschule in Frankfurt after completing her studies at Goldsmiths College London and the Glasgow School of Art. RHYTHM, CITIZEN is his first institutional solo presentation.

The exhibition is produced with the generous support of the Cypriot Under-Ministry of Culture – Cultural Services, Point Center for Contemporary Art and steirischer herbst ’22. Maria Toumazou’s residency at the Grazer Kunstverein is made possible thanks to the support of the Cypriot Under-Ministry of Culture – Cultural Services (via the TRANSIT 2022 program of artist residency programs).

Grazer Kunstverein is structurally supported by the City of Graz, the Federal Ministry of Arts, Culture, Civil Service and Sport, the Province of Styria, legero united—the shoemakers, and its members.


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