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Aphrodite Mana Mou (June-August, 2019)

was a series of events, academic presentations, art exchanges, and interviews performed by Chrystalleni Loizidou, in Brasil between June and August 2019, with the anticipated support of the Cultural Services of the Republic of Cyprus. These exchanges focused on the international zeitgeist of contemporary female art collectives, and were in construction of the Ixodos Independent Translocal Artist Exchanges network. 'Aphrodite mana mou' was a concentrated exchange with Carolina Cortes, Livia Moura, Luiz Guilherme Vergara of Universidade Federal Fluminense, and Jessica Gogan of Instituto MESA and VAV (Brasil), that mostly took place at A Casa Lar, in the Tijuca Forest of Rio de Janeiro, between June-August, 2019. Its summary results were presented at Largo das Artes on July 20th, 2019.


On the pacenta: Livia Moura, VAV, Bianca Bernardo, Carolina Cortes, and Chrystalleni Loizidou, 2019 - Piece derivative from "Livia's three questions"

A few words about this collaboration

Through this collaboration we wish to reinforce and spread further the international relationships between artist collectives interested in ideas of mutuality, inclusivity, participation, community, and care. Chrystalleni Loizidou brings in her curatorial work as part of the sister-collective Re Aphrodite, her autoethnographic work on single motherhood, and her research on public and participatory art in connection to her practice in community building, along with a connection with the free software movement.

We wish to use this opportunity to develop and grow the “Ixodos” independent artist network between Brasil, Cyprus, and Greece, in collaboration with art centres and universities in these countries and beyond.


20 August, Largo das Artes,

Sweet Gathering, pop-up exhibition and presentation by Chrystalleni Loizidou: Largo das Artes e Cooperativa de Mulheres Artistas tem o prazer de convidar para o encontro público com a curadora e pesquisadora Chrystalleni Loizidou, hoje às 6pm. /// Chrystalleni está em residência no Brasil através de uma ação da Ixodos: International Art Exchanges. ///


On the knowledge we receive through our vaginas: Who were you before becoming mother? How did becoming mother change the way you produce? Why are mothers dangerous to exploitative systems and why are artist mothers are especially dangerous? Why is infantophobia important to capitalism? ///


Invitation to a sweet gathering! We will practice the art of beautiful co-presence, eat, drink, dance, and make plans for the future. Join us! Please, bring your booze, art, kids and friends.

Involved works by Livia Moura, Carolina Cortes, Bianca Bernardo, Geni Silva Pereira, Cooperative de Mulheres Artistas, Stephanos Stephanides, Anandana Kapur, Evanthia Tselika, Athina Antoniadou, Nurtane Karagil, Hayal Gezer, Elena Parpa, and Nina Paley, among others. 




















Vidigal Community Workshops (2)

July 1 and August 12, 2019. 

Vidigal (favela) is an area under rapid gentrification, with numerous efforts being made by the arts, backed by various types of capital, for the support and improvement of the community.

Chrystalleni Loizidou was invited to collaborate towards the design of Educational workshops. She proposed and developed a workshop on the themes of de-commodification of dental hygiene, self-care through play, and natural ingredients and paints. The first workshop was a preparatory visit led by arts educator Carolina Cortes, and the second was developed in collaboration with Fernanda Lenzi (art educator, Terra UNA).


1-6 August Terra UNA, Minas Gerais

Aphrodite mana mou (Chrystalleni Loizidou + Janus, Carolina Cortes, Livia Moura) participation and research series of interviews as part of Utopias Praticas curated by Bianca Bernardo at Terra UNA. Terra UNA, now part of Ixodos, is an eco-village, a leader in eco-art-education, and the home for a series of artist residencies that have been radically inclusive of children and families. The images below are credited to Bianca Bernardo, Louiz Oliveira (filmmaker), and Liana Nigri (artist) among others. For a discussion of the themes that emerged as part of this collaboration see video uploads here.

18-26 de julho

Baia Formosa, Natal, Rio Grande du Norte

VAV and Chrystalleni Loizidou participation at Tropical Burn (public art festival). Works presented:

Aphrodite mana mou - Experience and discussion on de-self colonisation.

Playlistening with Jano (educational workshop)

Livia Moura's Oracle of Lilith (sculpture and performance)

[pending documentation upload]

Other events


5 de julho, 2019

Centro de Artes- Reitoria da UFF (Universidade Federal Fluminense), Rua Miguel de Frias 9, Niterói, Rio de Janeiro

Eso-Ixodos, Conversas Translocais
Ativação e Conversas Translocais
Proposta de Ativação e Interação Social
Intercâmbios e horizontes de colaboração local e internacional
[pending documentation upload]

3 de julho 10am

Re Aphrodite: application of Open Space format (presentation of Free/Livre Technologies, Arts and the Commons Unconference) on the cloth.

UFF MA Fine Arts seminar.

Museu de Arqueología de Itaipu

6 de julho 2pm+

Ixodos Launch at A Casa Lar

Launching Ixodos Independent-Translocal Art Exchanges

An initiative by VAV (Brazil) + Re Aphrodite (Cyprus).

With this we celebrate the third of a series of beautiful encounters, and we invite our friends and their friends to come, create a beautiful present, 

see contemporary artwork collected in Cyprus by Re Aphrodite, 

make Mousakka (a strong greek food with layers of de-self-colonisation), 

sing, eat, and talk about what we share.  

We will connect in person or remotely, and share contacts with each other, and

people working between Cyprus and Brasil and discover interesting projects,

with Iouli, the healer-keeper of Hippocrates' Garden in the island of Cos, Greece, and 

The Free Software movement in Rio de Janeiro. 

We are at the same time working towards conversations with Museums and Archives about Open-Public Data Management Policy, and to connect and discuss international arts funding programmes and their dis/advantages. This is part of a building the wider Ixodos residency network, by Chrystalleni Loizidou and Janus, based at Casa Lar, and will host a series of events and workshops in July and August 2019.

for Artists

  • Free/Livre tools for (artist) mobilisation and Resistance

  • Creative Methodologies: Playlistening

  • Mother-Artists DayCare Co-op

for Children

  • Teeth care and play, with Dental Hygiene Professional Geni Pereira Silva (Portuguese, Greek, English)

  • Creative Methodologies: Playlistening

for Parents

  • Belly Dancing and Baby Wearing

  • Mother-Artists DayCare Co-op

  • Parenting By Connection Get Together / Forming Listening Partnerships (English)

  • Sprouting workshop (Portuguese, Greek, English)

  • A Casa Lar invites the Free Software Movement: GNU/LINUX Free Software Installation Party (English-Portuguese)

  • Posthumous data management (English)


with Hippocrates Garden (Cos Island, Greece)

Workshop: Natural toothpaste alternative with Hippocrates Garden

with the Free Software Movement

(digital only)

Notes / References

Democracy on the edge- In vertigo

The Wars of Brasil

The invention of childhood

Casa Grande

What time does she come back

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