Alcaeus Spyrou (b.1991, Elbasan, Albania) is a visual artist working with the cinematic image. He was born on the day the fall of the Hoxha dictatorship in Albania. The conflict that ensued, forced his family to seek refuge in Athens, Greece. The frequent displacement and oscillation between the two topographies, would focus Alcaeus’s gaze towards the shifting landscape of migration.
In his practice, Alcaeus utilizes a psychoanalytical scope on cinema to deconstruct the inter-dependent nature of the medium. Through this process, he searches for new dialects of the cinematic language. By combining the two antithetical genres of fiction and non-fiction he establishes connections with the alienated environment. He informs the mythologies of contemporary migration that reveal collective trauma as the substance of our intricate relations to the other.
Alcaeus did not grow up wanting to be an artist. His studies include Psychology, International Development and Fashion Design. Nevertheless, when he entered the BA Fine Art programme at Middlesex University, London; his exposure to multiple disciplines would flourish his practice. His research into the cinema of Alain Resnais and the ontology of collective trauma was awarded the John Walker Prize for outstanding Academic Achievement.
Since his graduation in 2017, Alcaeus’s work has been widely presented in numerous international exhibitions such as the Liverpool Biennial, Bloomberg New Contemporaries, Whitechapel Gallery, London; South London Gallery, London; Nunnery Gallery, London; European Media Art Festival, Athens Avant Garde Film Festival, IndieLisboa International Film Festival, Istanbul International Experimental Film Festival and Chicago International Arthouse Film Festival among others.
Alcaeus is currently studying MA Artistic Research at the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague in the Netherlands.