Maria Loizidou, Collective Autobiography, 2013

Maria Loizidou – Collective Autobiography

Athens Conservatoire

The National Museum of Contemporary Art presents from the new installation Collective Autobiography by Maria Loizidou in the Project Room. Her monograph Collective Autobiography (Peak Publishing) will also be presented on the opening night at 20.00 by the Professor of Psychology, University of Athens, Mr. Klimis Navridis.

The new installation Collective Autobiography was developed when her monograph was about to be published. Her personal inner view on the whole of her work since 1981 until today was the triggering event for the installation which not by chance bears the same with the book title. Maria Loizidou redevelops an old wardrobe, (220 x 160 x 140) of the early 20th century (made of cypress wood), which served the needs of a rural family in a small province.

It is constructed in a way that allows the furniture to be disassembled (and reset to its original form) while offers the option to its internal space to be wide open, in the same way that a garment or even better a glove, keeps the form of its content even when it is turned inside out. This inversion reveals the inner pockets of the furniture where different works, small sculptures, drawings, videos, notebooks and books from the atelier of the artist are displayed unfolding her body of work spanning three decades from 1981 until today.

Using basically an architectural arrangement, the old space of the furniture is organized with the addition of new display cases. Thereby the new form becomes both a landscape and a still life, offering us the possibility of having a more personal experience and different interpretations of its content.

Collective Autobiography, both the installation and the monograph, refer to the way we perceive the space around us and particularly refer to the interpretations we give to it. For example, a shuttered space can be interpreted as a horrible prison cell or as a protective shell where new ideas are tested, emphasizing on the elements which combine our world and belong in our emotional rather than our empirical sphere.

Collective Autobiography attempts to approach the dark side of humans, their emotional experiences which allow them to recall feelings, memories and notions in order to deal with their own lives.


Maria Loizidou participated in international exhibitions and worked with various museums, universities and art institutions. Lives and works in Nicosia. Since 2006 belongs to the group AA + U For Architecture, Art and Urbanism.