Interview: Sergis Adamos
Luca Curci talks with Sergis Adamos during CONTEMPORARY VENICE 2021, at THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space.
Sergis Hadjiadamos was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 1975, after his parents fled from Cyprus in 1974 because of the Turkish invasion. His father Andy Hadjiadamos (1936-1990), a Greek-Cypriot sculptor, painter, and writer, and his mother Jennifer Lynne Thompson, a South African radiographer, with Sergi’s siblings, spent their early years in South Africa. When things began to settle in Cyprus the family moved back to Paphos, in 1980 and has lived there ever since. Sergis has inherited his father’s creative spirit, his mother’s resilient nature and is deeply influenced by growing up in two very different lands and cultural settings. He took his first steps in Art at the age of 15 after his father passed away. He participated in workshops and classes with various local artists where he learned to experiment with merging and mixing different materials and approaches. Sergis moved to Athens in 1994 to study Art where he attended an Interior Design foundation at AKTO college for one year. He then proceeded to complete a two-year Fine Arts course at Nicolas Stefos studios in Athens, Greece. Then in 1997, he enrolled in the Graphic Design department of Campus Arts and Sciences in Athens where he was awarded a BA Degree in 2001. After collecting several experiences and qualifications he returned to Cyprus, in 2003, to hold his first solo exhibition at Gloria Gallery, Nicosia titled Victoria – Kifisia.
Luca Curci – What are you currently working on?
Sergis Adamos – In the last four months, I discovered the art space of NFTs. I instantly understood the potential and benefits artists have in this new cyber environment and got into it. From the beginning of my career, I created and developed digital art. In 2003 my first solo exhibition that took place was the first-ever, historically, that offered digital art in Cyprus.
LC- What’s your background? What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?
SA – I was born in an artistic family. My father, Andy Adamos (Hadjiadamos), was a recognized sculptor and writer who in his short life created and offered remarkable art. I have a certificate in a three-year fine art course and a Bachelor in Computer Graphics.
LC-Did your style change over the years? In which way?
SA – Of course, my style has changed over the years, it has evolved. I did not limit myself to only one style. A few years ago, for example, I inherited a very large old photographic archive combined with thousands of deteriorated Glass Plate Negatives. Taking advantage of their condition, I managed to connect with this new material and ended up having my fourth solo exhibition using them as the base of my creations.
LC- What is your creative process like?
SA – There is nothing special about my creative process. Isolation.
LC- What is the most challenging part about creating your artworks?
SA – Selling them, Cyprus is a small island in half. Small populations produce a lot of artists but not many collectors. In small communities there is limited cultural interaction for obvious reasons, therefore all kinds of artists in Cyprus mostly teach for a living.
LC- We were attracted by your last artistic production, has the artwork presented been created for the festival or as a part of preexisting works?
SA – The artwork that I entered the exhibition is a completely new style that I have practiced recently. You were the first ever to see it. It was created during the lockdown in summer 2020. It expresses a deifier, nothing personal.
LC- In which way the artwork presented in our exhibition is connected with the festival’s theme?
SA – In many I suppose, the theme referred to body and history and lockdown.
LC- What do you think about ITSLIQUID Platform?
SA – I think the ITSLIQUID platform is doing a very good job and chooses very popular locations for its events.
LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists?
SA – Yes, any artist that takes part in group exhibitions gets big exposure. Big exposure offers surprises sometimes.