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To Express The Feelings Of A Chair When We Sit On It

Enabling a space for handcrafted ideas as well as a program for thematic exhibitions, the Office also presents the work of fashion designer Carol Christian Poell, as well as the personal and professional escape for collector and writer Tassos A. Gkekas.

In the Office exhibition “To Express the Feelings of a Chair When We Sit on it” borrows its title from a work of the 2010 Broomberg & Chanarin series, “The Prestige of Terror”, in which the work was based on a pamphlet written by the Egyptian surrealist George Henein in response to the Hiroshima atomic bombing.

“A chair”, in Henein’s own phrase, is the direct object of the verb “to sit”. Yet Henein’s proposition that the chair notices that it is being sat upon makes it into a kind of oblique and surreal subject. Henein’s phrase is also a command –“to express”, and as a result, its response to that command is exhibited in this selection of art works of Middle East and European artists that might anticipate the chair as a protagonist.

The exhibition, curated by Antonis Minas and Christos Kyriakides, is located on one of Nicosia’s streets that are interrupted by the dead end of the buffer zone, in a building with ancient walls and an eight century old facade. It consists of two conjoined private spaces, one belonging to a Greek-Cypriot, the other to a Turkish-Cypriot. The Turkish-Cypriot property was left abandoned after 1974 and was later reused as a natural access to the space existing. Due to a death, the space was never utilized, with the exception of an ephemeral tenant that led to the looting of the infrastructure. All these factors were taken into account when creating the exhibition, as the the works that it hosts are considered within the wider location. Finally the space itself functions as a chair, as if it is the “seat” of the exhibition.

Here, we share a selection of works from the collection, as well as a number of works that are on loan for the purpose of the exhibition, “To Express the Feelings of a Chair When We Sit on it”.

BROOMBERG & CHANARIN, To Express the Feelings of a Chair When We Sit on it, 2010. Photo: Antonis Minas for the Office gallery
BROOMBERG & CHANARIN, To Express the Feelings of a Chair When We Sit on it, 2010. Photo: Antonis Minas for the Office gallery
FRANCIS BACON, Study for Self Portrait 1982 - Offset lithograph, 1984
FRANCIS BACON, Study for Self Portrait 1982 - Offset lithograph, 1984
CHRISTOS BOKOROS, Suspended Seat (detail), 2016 (installation view). Photo: Antonis Minas for the Office gallery
CHRISTOS BOKOROS, Suspended Seat (detail), 2016 (installation view). Photo: Antonis Minas for the Office gallery
CHRISTOS BOKOROS, Suspended Seat (detail), 2016 (installation view). Photo: Antonis Minas for the Office gallery
CHRISTOS BOKOROS, Suspended Seat (detail), 2016 (installation view). Photo: Antonis Minas for the Office gallery
CHRISTOS BOKOROS, Suspended Seat (detail), 2016 (installation view). Photo: Antonis Minas for the Office gallery
CHRISTOS BOKOROS, Suspended Seat (detail), 2016 (installation view). Photo: Antonis Minas for the Office gallery
MICHELANGELO ANTONIONI, Deserto Rosso (film still), 1964. Photographer: Enrico Appetito. Director: Michelangelo Antonioni. Actress: Monica Vitti. Courtesy of the Historical Archive of Photography in Cinema Enrico Appetito. Photo: Antonis Minas for the Office gallery
MICHELANGELO ANTONIONI, Deserto Rosso (film still), 1964. Photographer: Enrico Appetito. Director: Michelangelo Antonioni. Actress: Monica Vitti. Courtesy of the Historical Archive of Photography in Cinema Enrico Appetito. Photo: Antonis Minas for the Office gallery
LAURIE FRANK, Chair, 2014. Photo: Antonis Minas for the Office gallery
LAURIE FRANK, Chair, 2014. Photo: Antonis Minas for the Office gallery
MARIO CARBONE, Donna al Tavolo, Osteria al Vero Albano, via dell'Oca, Roma, 1956. Photo: Antonis Minas for the Office gallery
MARIO CARBONE, Donna al Tavolo, Osteria al Vero Albano, via dell'Oca, Roma, 1956. Photo: Antonis Minas for the Office gallery
DEEPTI BARTH, Transgression (part of a series), 2012. Photo: Antonis Minas for the Office gallery
DEEPTI BARTH, Transgression (part of a series), 2012. Photo: Antonis Minas for the Office gallery
BROOMBERG & CHANARIN, To Express the Feelings of a Chair When We Sit on it, 2010. Photo: Antonis Minas for the Office gallery
BROOMBERG & CHANARIN, To Express the Feelings of a Chair When We Sit on it, 2010. Photo: Antonis Minas for the Office gallery
from left to right: FRANCIS BACON, Study for Self Portrait 1982 - Offset lithograph, 1984; NAZGOL ANSARINIA, Grey Chair (from the
from left to right: FRANCIS BACON, Study for Self Portrait 1982 - Offset lithograph, 1984; NAZGOL ANSARINIA, Grey Chair (from the "Mendings" Series), 2012. Photo: Antonis Minas for the Office gallery
from left to right: GLAVKOS KOUMIDES, Skamnos (from the series
from left to right: GLAVKOS KOUMIDES, Skamnos (from the series "Yiotta Dasia"), 2014; DIMITRIS MERANTZAS, In The Throne Room, 2015; MICHELANGELO ANTONIONI, “Deserto Rosso” (film still), 1964; BERNHARD HOSA, Untitled, 2005; ASTERIS GKEKAS, Emily Dickinson, 2015. Photo: Antonis Minas for the Office gallery
CHRISTOS BOKOROS, Suspended Seat, 2016 (installation view). Photo: Antonis Minas for the Office gallery
CHRISTOS BOKOROS, Suspended Seat, 2016 (installation view). Photo: Antonis Minas for the Office gallery
CHRISTOS BOKOROS, Suspended Seat (detail), 2016. Photo: Antonis Minas for the Office gallery
CHRISTOS BOKOROS, Suspended Seat (detail), 2016. Photo: Antonis Minas for the Office gallery
ASTERIS GKEKAS, Emily Dickinson, 2015. Photo: Antonis Minas for the Office gallery
ASTERIS GKEKAS, Emily Dickinson, 2015. Photo: Antonis Minas for the Office gallery
NAZGOL ANSARINIA, from the
NAZGOL ANSARINIA, from the "Private Assortment" series, 2013. Photo: Antonis Minas for the Office gallery
NAZGOL ANSARINIA, from the
NAZGOL ANSARINIA, from the "Private Assortment" series (detail), 2013. Photo: Antonis Minas for the Office gallery
NAZGOL ANSARINIA, Grey Chair (from the
NAZGOL ANSARINIA, Grey Chair (from the "Mendings" Series), 2012. Photo: Antonis Minas for the Office gallery
APOLLO GLYKAS, Please Tell Me My Opinion, 2016. Photo: Antonis Minas for the Office gallery
APOLLO GLYKAS, Please Tell Me My Opinion, 2016. Photo: Antonis Minas for the Office gallery
front: DIMITRIS MERANTZAS, In the Throne Room, 2015; MARIO CARBONE, Donna al Tavolo, Osteria al Vero Albano, via dell'Oca, Roma, 1956. Photo: Antonis Minas for the Office gallery
front: DIMITRIS MERANTZAS, In the Throne Room, 2015; MARIO CARBONE, Donna al Tavolo, Osteria al Vero Albano, via dell'Oca, Roma, 1956. Photo: Antonis Minas for the Office gallery
DIMITRIS MERANTZAS, In the Throne Room, 2015. Photo: Antonis Minas for the Office gallery
DIMITRIS MERANTZAS, In the Throne Room, 2015. Photo: Antonis Minas for the Office gallery
CAROL CHRISTIAN POELL, Squartter. © CAROL CHRISTIAN POELL. Photo: Antonis Minas for the Office gallery
CAROL CHRISTIAN POELL, Squartter. © CAROL CHRISTIAN POELL. Photo: Antonis Minas for the Office gallery
CAROL CHRISTIAN POELL, Squartter. © CAROL CHRISTIAN POELL. Photo: Antonis Minas for the Office gallery
CAROL CHRISTIAN POELL, Squartter. © CAROL CHRISTIAN POELL. Photo: Antonis Minas for the Office gallery
CAROL CHRISTIAN POELL, Squartter (detail). © CAROL CHRISTIAN POELL. Photo: Antonis Minas for the Office gallery
CAROL CHRISTIAN POELL, Squartter (detail). © CAROL CHRISTIAN POELL. Photo: Antonis Minas for the Office gallery
CAROL CHRISTIAN POELL, Squartter (detail). © CAROL CHRISTIAN POELL. Photo: Antonis Minas for the Office gallery
CAROL CHRISTIAN POELL, Squartter (detail). © CAROL CHRISTIAN POELL. Photo: Antonis Minas for the Office gallery
CAROL CHRISTIAN POELL, Squartter (detail). © CAROL CHRISTIAN POELL. Photo: Antonis Minas for the Office gallery
CAROL CHRISTIAN POELL, Squartter (detail). © CAROL CHRISTIAN POELL. Photo: Antonis Minas for the Office gallery
CAROL CHRISTIAN POELL, Squartter (detail). © CAROL CHRISTIAN POELL. Photo: Antonis Minas for the Office gallery
CAROL CHRISTIAN POELL, Squartter (detail). © CAROL CHRISTIAN POELL. Photo: Antonis Minas for the Office gallery
CAROL CHRISTIAN POELL, Squartter. © CAROL CHRISTIAN POELL. Photo: Antonis Minas for the Office gallery
CAROL CHRISTIAN POELL, Squartter. © CAROL CHRISTIAN POELL. Photo: Antonis Minas for the Office gallery
CAROL CHRISTIAN POELL, Squartter. © CAROL CHRISTIAN POELL. Photo: Antonis Minas for the Office gallery
CAROL CHRISTIAN POELL, Squartter. © CAROL CHRISTIAN POELL. Photo: Antonis Minas for the Office gallery
from left to right: FRANCIS BACON, Study for Self Portrait 1982 - Offset lithograph, 1984; ASTERIS GKEKAS, Emily Dickinson, 2015; DIMITRIS MERANTZAS, In the Throne Room, 2015. Photo: Antonis Minas for the Office gallery
from left to right: FRANCIS BACON, Study for Self Portrait 1982 - Offset lithograph, 1984; ASTERIS GKEKAS, Emily Dickinson, 2015; DIMITRIS MERANTZAS, In the Throne Room, 2015. Photo: Antonis Minas for the Office gallery
Exterior view of Manis 3, Nicosia. Photo: Antonis Minas for the Office gallery
Exterior view of Manis 3, Nicosia. Photo: Antonis Minas for the Office gallery