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17 - 18 - 19 September 

Head & Hand / Kairos

Kyriaki Costa


4.8 – 19.9.2021

Curated by: Sofia Eliza Bouratsis


Co-organized by

Culture Foundation of Tinos

Association of Tripotamians and Sberadians “O Kavos”


In collaboration with the Municipality of Tinos

Coordination Assistant: Irini Malliari


the people

their place

caring for the common good

& contemporary art

Tinos, 17-19 September 2021


I am more interested in the role of the observer, the synergies and the participatory process than in that of the creator. The craftsmen define the intermediate space between the artist and the work. This spontaneous work of the craftsman, his aesthetics, his technical approach, aiming at functionality, his own “hands-on” way of thinking, “with his hands”, constitutes a force of deconstruction, which invites us to a new reading of the space around us.

Kyriaki Costa

The collective project Head and Hand / Kairos by Kyriaki Costa, which started as a residency of the artist and the curator in Tinos (June-July 2021), evolved into a route that starts from the Culture Foundation of Tinos and which, passing through the specially designed paths, reaches as far as the Hani tis Kyra-Xenis, Tripotamos, Ktikados and the medieval trail that used to lead to the castle of Xomburgos; it also encompasses an exhibition that is staged until next Sunday (19/9) in the village of Tripotamos, on the premises of the Association of Tripotamians and Sberadians “O Kavos”.

The flags that indicate the paths of this tour, which is accompanied by a map, have been inspired by Cycladic architecture and have been made with recycled materials used in the tourism industry, such as sheets, towels, tablecloths etc. from various hotels of the island. In addition, the village of Tripotamos was chosen to honour Cornelius Castoriades, who spent many of his summers there, while the rest of the trails came about through meetings the artist and the curator had had with the locals, who indicated the diachronic routes of the area.

At the heart of the project lies the people’ s association with their place and more specifically with public space – the landscape of the island, the architecture and the community areas. Its realization is achieved through “everyday rituals”, such as walking, meetings and storytelling, which are activated by the artist focusing on care practices and the way they infiltrate everyday life.

The exhibition is the result of the visual connection between the artist and the island. Before visiting Tinos, Kyriaki Costa researched weather forecasts for Tinos and the dominant role that wind plays in shaping forms in the everyday life of the island. However, through a mental game, the concept of “Kairos” (meaning weather in Modern Greek) takes the philosophical meaning of “adequate time” or that “unique moment”, a moment that, once it slips away, doesn’t come back. The present time of the place and the temporality in the everyday life of craftsmen, locals and visitors of Tinos, become the active centre of the project.

The results of the action, which is constantly in progress, are co-forged by Kyriaki Costa together with the inhabitants of Tinos, the air, which plays a dominant role on the island and the participant craftsmen and the artisans. Through this partnership, Head and Hand / Kairos raises questions regarding the relationship between functionality and beauty, contemporary art and everyday life, care and appropriation of common elements.

Kyriaki Costa’s Head and Hand / Kairos finishes next weekend (17-19/9/2021) with a programme of events, which includes a night of music, a public discussion and a workshop for the island’s teenagers.





Friday 17 September

Sunset at Koursaros


small project by Mark Brown

At 7 p.m.

Mark Brown undertakes to add music to the stories of the inhabitants of the island, which were recorded in the context of Head and Hand / Kairos and relate to their association with their place.


Satarday 18 September

At Tripotamos, Tinos


Guided tour of the exhibition

On the premises of the Association “O Kavos” by artist Kyriaki Costa and curator Sofia Eliza Bouratsis

At 7 p.m.


Public discussion at Tripotamos square

At 8 p.m.


Kyriaki Costa, artist

Enrico Lunghi, art historian

Maria Vidali, architect

Arch - ISLaND / Vasilis Benetos, architect

Sofia Eliza Bouratsis, art theorist/curator





Head and Hand / Kairos, an artistic topography of care

Kyriaki Costa, artist

Sofia Eliza Bouratsis, art theorist curator


(Contemporary) art and (its routine) everyday life: an artificial separation?

Enrico Lunghi, art historian


Tinos, architecture and narrative

Maria Vidali, architect


Visit – Explore – Observe – Measure – Draw – Visit

Arch - ISLaND / Vasilis Benetos, architect



Sunday 19 September


The CARE project

Workshop in collaboration with Arch – ISLaND

for children 13-18 years old

At the entrance of Tripotamos, Tinos, (at the signpost) at 11.30 am.

Reservations and at 2283029070

Teenagers of the island are invited to walk as far as the Hani of Kyra-Xeni, to carefully observe the amazing building and to think of possible uses. Their proposals will be formally presented to the Municipality of Tinos.



MARIA VIDALI, architect


Maria Vidali studied architecture at the Universities of Portsmouth and Kingston. She holds an MPhil in History and Philosophy of Architecture from the University of Cambridge and a PhD in Architecture and Language from the University of Thessaly. She was a trainee researcher at McGill University majoring in architecture and storytelling. Her research project Village and Land. The Country Churches on the Island of Tinos was published in 2009. She has had her own practice since 2007. Since 2017, she has taught at the Drury Centre in Greece, in a flagship programme for the University of Drury, Missouri, and at the Hammons School of Architecture, also at the School of Architecture of the University of Thessaly, as well as at DIKEMES (International Centre for Hellenic and Mediterranean Studies), an educational institution in Athens, based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she still teaches.


ΚYRIAKI COSTA, artist/researcher



Kyriaki Costa is an artist from Nicosia, Cyprus. She studied Byzantine and Applied Arts and holds a Masters degree in Art from Kingston University, London. She has exhibited extensively both in Cyprus and abroad, and her works may be found in private and public collections, as well as in the State Collection of Contemporary Art of Cyprus. She has received numerous awards, including many Biennale Awards. Costa's work deals with stories, fiction, true and false, topography and the creation of “places”, using art as an anthropological practice and as a tool for mediation in the social and political spectrum.

ENRICO LUNGHI, art historian


Enrico Lunghi is an art historian. He was a research associate at the National Museum of History and Art in Luxembourg from 1991 to 1995 and the Artistic Director of Casino Lusembourg – Forum d’art contemporain between 1996 and 2008. He was the General Director of Mudam from 2009 to 2016. He curated the Luxembourg pavilion in Venice in 1995 (Bert Theis, Potemkin Lock), 1999 (Simone Decker, Chewing and Folding projects) and 2007 (Jill Mercedes, Endless Lust). In 2009, he curated for the Wallonia-Brussels Federation (former French Community of Belgium) the project “100 Sexes d’artistes” by Jacques Charlier. From 2005 to 2011, he served as president of IKT (International Association of Curators of Contemporary Art). He has published numerous articles on art and contemporary artists, as well as novels on his relationship with art. Since 2017, he has been in charge of studies at the Luxembourg Ministry of Education (SCRIPT and the University of Luxembourg).




Born in Vancouver, Canada, Vasilis Benetos studied at the Faculty of Architecture of the Second University of Naples, Italy. He has worked with various architectural companies since 2007 (K. Kyriakides and Associates SA, an Architectural

Studies company, DECA Architecture architectural team, member of the team for the execution of implementation study plans for the construction of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre, Bobotis & Bobotis Architects, Salini –Impregilo). From 2018, turning his interest to a different architectural scale, he has focused on the creation and implementation of the Arch-Island architectural action, which aims to offer the knowledge of the architectural tradition of the Cyclades to every visitor through a theoretical and practical approach to the Aegean architecture. Arch-Island is currently active on the island of Tinos. For the purposes of Arch-Island, the architect currently lives and works on the island of Tinos.


SOPHIA ELIZA BOURATSIS, art theorist / curator



Sofia Eliza Bouratsis was born in Luxembourg. She works in the field of contemporary art as an art theorist, curator and consultant on cultural policies. She holds a PhD in Aesthetics and Art Sciences from Université Paris 1 – Panthéon-Sorbonne, researching the body, its images and its social, philosophical and scientific boundaries, as expressed through contemporary art. Her research fields also concern the embodiment of incarceration and institutionalization, the aesthetics of public space, the modern urban and ecological transformations and the artistic practices of appropriation of the commons. From time to time, she teaches at universities and schools of Penitentiary Institutions. She lives and works mainly between Luxembourg and Greece, based in Thessaloniki and, depending on the projects, collaborates with public bodies (Mudam – Luxembourg, Ministry of Culture of Luxembourg, MOMus – Experimental Arts Centre...), municipalities (Centers d’art de la Ville de Dudelange, Commune de Lorentzweiller), galleries (Erna Hecey, Tschudi, ΑΔ, La Patinoire Royale…), etc. From 2008 to 2021, she was responsible for the publication of the French research journal for Human Studies Prétentaine.




Opening hours of the exhibition held at the premises of the Association of Tripotamians and Sberadians “O Kavos”: Thursday to Monday 7-10 p.m.


Additional Information




Co-organized by


Culture Foundation of Tinos

Association of Tripotamians and Sberadians “O Kavos”


In collaboration with the Municipality of Tinos


With the support of


  • Kultur | lx Arts Council Luxembourg

  • i-Portunus – European Cultural Foundation

  • Supporting Creative Mobility (European Commission)

  • Cultural Services of the Cyprus Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports

  • Tinos Hoteliers Association

More specifically:

Golden Beach Hotel

Tinion Hotel

Oceanis Hotel

Cavos Hotel

Tinos Beach Hotel and Bungalows

Avra Hotel


  • Local Community of Ktikados


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