Oh, That Hand of Yours | A High-Level Trauma

A Book release, lecture-performance  and text-based art exhibition with Artemis Chrysostomidou

(c) Artemis Chrysostomidou

Poetry, text-based art, worlds full of contradictions, women, mistakes and forgiveness. OH, THAT HAND OF YOURS was written trying not to injure the present.

After the war
the eyes of the ancient statues
should have tears carved all over them;
and not pretend that sorrow never touched them,
whereas beauty is deeply hurt.
Things have no shape in absence.
I can slip on everything.
Your speed next to flying birds
passing by full of the ephemeral
while they are moving into a warmer place,
is making everything look so young
as if born just the day before crushing.
Eyes have so much to explore.
The statues arouse in silence
the hungry look of adventure.
Oh, that hand of yours!
Apart from the material
there is nothing else
separating your skin
from the abyss of colours.


The lecture-performance THIS IS A HIGH-LEVEL TRAUMA will be a dialogue between the book and the theatrical performances presented by the author Artemis Chrysostomidou during the writing of the book, with music, video and text excerpts.

In the second part of the evening, professor of design, anthropologist and curator, Emily Smith, will talk about the book.

In the third and final part of the evening, music, composed by Lia Stavropoulou for the author’s theatrical performances of the last years, will accompany a text-based art exhibition, using texts from the book.

The event is supported by the Deputy Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Cyprus.

(c) Lia Stavropoulou

Artemis Chrysostomidou is a writer, dramaturge and director. In 2018 she was awarded the State Prize for Literature, Best Young Writer (CY) for her book “Dogs Don’t Bark in France | Sculpture”. Her original pieces for theatre include “Raw Eggs Napoli”, Altofest, 2023 (IT), “Raw Eggs Lisboa”, Espaço da Penha, 2022 (PT); “Manipulation and Other Romantic Stories”, Frankfurt LAB, 2021 (DE); “Mortality, Hooray!”, EXPO Festival, English Theatre Berlin, 2020 (DE); “A Guide on How to Prevent Daily Life Accidents”, BIOS Athens, 2019 (GR) etc. She has collaborated with various directors, while her work has also been presented as site-specific or text-based art at Travers, Copenhagen Contemporary, 2021 (DK); Temporars, Muzeum Susch, 2020 (CH) etc. She has received fellowships at O Rumo do Fumo Lisbon, 2022; Frankfurt LAB, 2021; Art Stations Foundation Switzerland, 2020; and European Theatre Convention, 2019. OH, THAT HAND OF YOURS was awarded the 2023 Young Book Designers Award by Goethe-Institut Griechenland, Hellenic Foundation of Culture, EBΓE, Stiftung Buchkunst and Frankfurter Buchmesse.
More about the author at www.artemischrysostomidou.com

Emily Smith is a professor of design, a facilitator, and an exhibition-maker based in Berlin. Her transdisciplinary practice incorporates ethnographic, embodied, curatorial, and participatory frameworks. In the past twenty-five years, her work has taken form in exhibitions, seminars, publications and workshops.


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