Valia Matsentidou

Valia Matsentidou received her Bachelor in Pedagogy from University of Cyprus and she is currently attending European University Cyprus to finish her Master’s in Visual Arts in Education. She is also attending the Digital Marketing Program from University of West London via Cyprus Institute of Marketing. She has lived in Madrid and Athens, where she made an introduction to her ever since lifetime passion: Photography. Printmaking was her excuse to get deeply involved with Art and Museum Education. Lately, she seeks for new ways to engage both kids and adults to Cyprus Art Heritage through Museum Education. She understands Art as inspiration to confront the everyday life difficulties. She believes people of the community need to express themselves more in order to be happier. Thus – to her – art is the vehicle to achieve wellbeing. Her work has a strong tendency to memory and nostalgia. While everything goes digital, she intends to go analog. Polaroid photography and handwritten letters are her current means to revive the analog. Her practices include writing responses to artworks inside Museums, while she extends these practices outside to the community by combining city walks and writing workshops. Her work experience includes educational programs for adults at State Gallery of Contemporary Art (SPEL) and A. G. Leventis Gallery, as well as educational programs for kids at Nicosia Municipality Art Centre (NiMAC). She loves books so she became a co-organiser of the book festival “H Lefkosia pou diava-zei”. She is currently glad to work for the Cyprus Pavilion at the 58th Biennale Arte di Venezia.

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