Making Womanhood: The artist behind “The heaviness of the air around us”
Meet the artist behind the performance art titled “The heaviness of the air around us”

Katerina Paisi is one of our artists-in-residence for the Making Womanhood programme, which is realized in collaboration with Youth Makerspace Larnaka. Her art piece is titled “The heaviness of the air around us” and will be performed during the Making Womanhood Artist-in-Residence exhibition on Saturday, 2 October, 2021 at 17:00 to 19:30. The event is part of is part of the Mediatized Portraits of Women Speaker series, implemented in the framework of the POWER project (Portraits Of Women Empowered Representations), which is funded by the US Embassy in Cyprus. You can find more information about the goals of the program here

“The heaviness of the air around us”

The breathlessness when my body is under all the stars,

which are heavier than my skin,

makes it easy for me to understand

that you are real

for me.


This forced union

linked by the blood,

is entitled as the “unescapable symbiosis”,

has pushed us both to this 

tiny tiny

little island.


Is it too dramatic to say

that we have no one else as “family”?

Is it too traumatic to be real

that we have been never accepted

on this foreign shore

governed by the male gazes and the local forces?


When your body covers mine, I can not breath;

The trace on the petals shows me the road to death.


I remember you told me a week ago,

that you will get baptised,

because they can not carry your body 

back to home.

Placing the bodies in the uncanny position, I invite the audience to experience the heaviness of the intimate relationship with us. As two related bodies, ours can be interpreted as mother and daughter, Asians and women, which each of these reveals our current situation on this island. Under the gazes, our bodies tie together as a union, crawling under the unbearable weight and leave a path behind.  

About the artist

Katerina graduated with a Fine Arts degree from the University of Nicosia, which also involved a period of study at Hertfordshire University, UK. Since then she has worked in a residency space and gallery in Lisbon, Portugal; participated in a workshop by Frank B in France. At an early age, she was lucky that her interest and path were cultivated by impressive teachers, such as Stefanos Karampampas, in drawing, painting and other visual art. As a young artist her works have been exhibited in various spaces in Europe. Over the last four years, she has  presented her works as performative pieces. She is currently active in the performance lab of the Open Up programme coordinated by the Pierides Foundation which is in partnership with Publics (Research Centre for Contemporary Art) in Helsinki.

Για το έργο “The heaviness of the air around us”

Τοποθετώντας τα σώματα σε μια ενοχλητική θέση, καλώ το κοινό να βιώσει τη βαρύτητα της στενής σχέσης μαζί μας. Ως δύο συγγενικά σώματα, μπορούν να ερμηνευθούν ως μητέρα και κόρη, Ασιάτες και γυναίκες, κάτι που καθένα από αυτά αποκαλύπτει την κατάστασή μας εδώ. Κάτω από τα βλέμματα, τα σώματά μας δένουν μαζί ως μια ένωση, σέρνοντας κάτω από το αφόρητο βάρος και αφήνοντας μια μνήμη πίσω.

Για την καλλιτέχνη

Η Κατερίνα αποφοίτησε με πτυχίο Καλών Τεχνών από το Πανεπιστήμιο Λευκωσίας, το οποίο περιελάμβανε επίσης μια περίοδο σπουδών στο Πανεπιστήμιο Hertfordshire, στο Ηνωμένο Βασίλειο. Έκτοτε εργάστηκε χώρο φιλοξενίας καλλιτεχνών και γκαλερί στη Λισαβόνα της Πορτογαλίας, και συμμετείχε σε εργαστήριο του Frank B στη Γαλλία. Σε μικρή ηλικία, ήταν τυχερή που το ενδιαφέρον και η πορεία της στο σχέδιο, τη ζωγραφική και άλλες εικαστικές τέχνες καλλιεργήθηκαν από δασκάλους, όπως τον Στέφανος Καραμπάμπα. Ως νεαρή καλλιτέχνης τα έργα της έχουν εκτεθεί σε διάφορους χώρους στην Ευρώπη. Τα τελευταία τέσσερα χρόνια, παρουσίασε τα έργα της ως performance art. Αυτή τη στιγμή δραστηριοποιείται στο εργαστήριο για performance του προγράμματος Open Up που συντονίζεται από το Ίδρυμα Πιερίδη, το οποίο συνεργάζεται με το Publics (Research Center for Contemporary Art) στο Ελσίνκι.