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Anna fo
Sealed Faithful Halls
Experimental video | hdcam | color | 3'0'' | Cyprus | 2020
“Sealed Faithful Halls” —a poem turned to an experimental film— refers to a series of videos that have been recorded in different locations, through a period of years, either as part of art projects (but were never used) or as a record of situations, feelings and moments in time, in order to be used for future art projects. This archival material, became the motivation of a video art piece, made during the pandemic of 2020, when movement was restricted and confinement was imposed; therefore no video was able to be recorded. Drawing inspiration from the rectangular forms of expressionist painter Mark Rothko, a juxtaposition of moving images and sounds was created, an illusion of situations, where real spaces are transformed into imaginary ones. Sealed Faithful Halls becomes a record of thoughts, feelings and ways in which an artist 'sees' everything that passes in front of her and the cause for the allegorical relationship of form-space, reality-illusion, language-text.
Anna Fo (Fotiadou) is a Cypriot multidisciplinary artist and educator with specialisation in video art and direction. She holds a Bachelor degree in Graphic Design and Fine Arts and a Master degree in Performance Design and Practice. Anna is a freelance graphic designer and awarded illustrator and has been working as a video artist, art director and director for various theatre plays, performances and dance shows, in Cyprus and in Europe. She is the co-writer of the awarded film “Pause” (Cyprus, Greece, 2017). Anna directed her first short film entitled “Drained” (Cyprus, USA, 2020) which will be released in 2021 and explores issues of femininity, abandonment and revenge through a contemporary re-tell of the myth of Clytemnestra. Anna has presented her artwork —both in solo and group exhibitions— in galleries, venues, festivals and biennials in Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Spain, Germany, France, UK, Netherlands, Austria and Mexico. She works in collective art projects and collaborates with artists of different practices and disciplines. Her artistic research focuses on the subject matter of reality and illusion by exploring conceptual frameworks of the duality juxtaposition between text and image, within an examination of performance, digital media and art placement in space.