Palais de Tokyo, Centre Pompidou, Metal Flaque boutique. Meet the talented artist Thanos Kyriakides, the man behind The Blind Man project.
Text: Sophia Karagianni
When Thanos Kyriakides entered the big hall of the school, we were filled with a sense of respect and admiration even just by his presence. The conversation started Immediately and turned into a game of deeper thinking and reasoning. He was answering our questions with some kind of puzzles. But let’s take things from the beginning. Who is Thanos Kyriakides?
Thanos Kyriakides began his career in 1990 as a stylist and fashion editor. He collaborated with the biggest and more successful Greek magazines, such as Vogue, L’ Officiel, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle and he worked as a consultant and creative director of several fashion designers.
The year 2007 was the turning point of the artist’s life and career. He decided to combine his studies on History of Art and his experience in fashion industry with his visual impairment «retinitis pigmentosa», a degenerating disease of the retina. “I was in a transcending period of my life. I had to change”, he said.
The outcome of this effort was the ongoing project “Blind Adam”. The main idea of the project came unexpectedly: to create pieces that resemble the skeletons or various forms of clothes. He created art forms, using assembled hand-knotted wool yarn. These pieces resemble photographic negatives, a meditation on absence and loss. His inspiration came from Jean Cocteau’s and Giacometti‘s work, as well from allegoric fairytale “The Emperor’s new clothes”.
After the skeleton clothes he continued with the canvas series -evoking several symbols, and having various meanings and interpretations- and sculptures installations.
Throughout the project, which is presented in acts, Thanos Kiriakidis shares references, expresses antitheses and sets questions on the ideas of reality, hallucination, blindness, vision, religion, spirituality.
The process until the final artwork is prepared, is not an easy work. He first makes frequent knots along wool thread length in regular distances and after having made miles of this, he assembles the hand-knotted threads to construct the final piece.
His evolution in his new career is huge. On January 2010 he presented his second collection, Act 1, at Metal Flaque boutique in Paris, while in December 2010 he participated at the 15th edition of the annual “Le Sapin de Noel des Createurs” charity auction of the Carla Bruni – Sarkozy foundation at Espace Vendome, in Paris, along with the biggest brands of fashion industry such as Chanel, Dior, Louis Vuitton, Valentino, Sonia Rykiel and Isabel Marant. It is worth mentioning that in February 2013 he participated at the “HELL AS PAVILION” exhibition at Palais de Tokyo in Paris.
His passion and inner strength are definitely worth admiring. He can see things from a different point of view and give them deep emotional interpretations. What an honor for us to have the opportunity to work with him in his new project. I am sure it’s going be a long but at the same time an exciting and interesting journey.