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[Review] Peter Eramian: Here’s to my Sweet Satan


For his third solo show, Cypriot artist Peter Eramian took over the former warehouse building of Volks in Nicosia to execute a freestyle, quasi-experimental artistic project. Titled Here’s to my Sweet Satan, the project unfolded like a free-jazz improv between “overlapping concepts, forms, references from different periods, texts” and “process” (as the artist told me over chat), all of which resulted in an exhibition featuring a large-scale installation, smaller works and a publication. While preparing all this, Peter Eramian documented his own process and teased his audience with poignant social media posts, which as I found out later were more part of his ongoing exploration than the result of calculated posting. “The task”, he told me, “is to find threads”; indeed, this project ramifies into many different directions that are somehow interconnected, albeit not always clear how. But it is on this web of ideas, executed intentions, superstition, philosophy and historical fact that we’re asked to wander, explore and make our own associations. Sophisticated, methodical and consistent, Here’s to my Sweet Satan rises to confront major conceptual questions that are much bigger than its scale, and does so with firmness and intellectual alacrity. Voyager 1 is now beyond our solar system and travelling away from the sun at a speed of 61,000 km/h. The whole project pivots on four stories Peter Eramian chose and sent out in lieu of a press release. The first of the stories is about “Sixteen Tons”, a song about an American coal miner from the 1940’s whose lyrics at some point say: “You load sixteen tons and what do you get? Another day older and deeper in debt”. The song refers to how mining companies back in the day exploited workers through debt slavery and scrip payment: the workers had to live in company-owned houses with rent deducted from their salary, and were then paid with coupons that could only be used to buy goods at the company store. As a result, the workers were locked into working for the


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Here's to my Sweet Satan - Review by Kiriakos Spirou  

Here's to my Sweet Satan - Review by Kiriakos Spirou