Instagram artist residency: Προσφυγοπουλα (prosfigopoulla)

Arts Catalyst is pleased to announce Korallia Stergides as our Instagram artist-in-residence for Autumn 2017.

The residency will see Stergides documenting research and conducting both visual and text-based experiments for a new project researching a species of fish typically eaten by Cypriot people commonly referred to as ‘kourkouna’ in Cypriot dialect and ‘prosfigopoulla’ in Greek dialect (Προσφυγοπουλα ). There are two species of this kind of fish: one white, siganus rivulatus (also known as marbled spinefoot, rivulated rabbitfish or surf parrotfish), and one black, siganus luridus (or dusky spinefoot).
“Fishing the kourkouna' was an activity that began in my dad’s village in Karpasia with his friends and their fathers. After the Turkish invasion in Cyprus, he and his friends (all of whom were refugees and former soldiers of the war) continued fishing in the areas of Cyprus that remained unoccupied. My family’s relocation to the South was determined by the path of the fish. This act of communal fishing and eating brought their community together, enabling them to collectively remember, reminisce and reimagine the idea of home on a new axis; as something intangible, existing through gesture. This ritual has become a way of returning to home in the present.” – Korallia Stergides
By examining the kourkouna in relation to Cyprus’s geographic position – as an important migratory habitat for animals, for trade, for human settlement and as a place of war – the artist focuses on the adaptation of the refugee rather than the displacement of the refugee.
Follow the project as it unfolds on Instagram via @artscatalyst  
Stergides’ practice is centred around creating fiction out of fragments to make playful discoveries through live and mediated spaces. Spontaneous experiments are collated into an archive and content is used to progress research, recycled as memory in eventual works. By interweaving influences across disciplines, the artist extends her choices of collaboration and remoulds frameworks of experimental methodology that adhere to interruption and allow for a process-led practice. 
Korallia Stergides (b.1993, Cyprus) studied BA Performance Design and Practice at Central Saint Martins School of Art and Design, London between September 2012-July 2016. She participated in the emerging artist development course at Chisenhale Art Studios, ‘Into The Wild’, October 2016-October 2017; Awards include a shortlist for The Bloomberg Contemporaries 2017, The Deans Award For Excellence, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, 2017, The Sustainability Award for Art and Design, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, 2013. Collaborations and Commissions include: The London Sinfonietta Orchestra, The British Film Institute, Rambert Dance, The Institute Of Contemporary Art, Chisenhale Gallery,Random Acts Channel 4 and most recently The Natural History Museum.