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Maria Zervou

Ileana Tounta Contemporary Art Center

In this exhibition, Maria Zervou’s recent video installations and drawings were bracketed between two earlier videos, demonstrating the continuity of her work over the past five years. The show opened with Out of Silk, 2002, which was projected onto a piece of silk hanging in the ground-floor gallery. The video shows a scene of a woman struggling desperately with the buttons on her diaphanous wedding dress, juxtaposed with one—in the top section of the screen—of a silkworm engaged in the programmed activity of spinning its cocoon. The piece that closed the exhibition, Laundry, 2002, is a glowing image of a laundry filled with gauzy gowns, hung on rails from ceiling to floor—symbolic of customary purification processes. These themes of transformation and transition through space and time, which for Zervou appear to be metaphors for innately feminine experiences, are recapitulated in her

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