Presented at The Island Club in July – October 2021, Spirits of the Rainforest: A Photographic Innovation by Dimas Efthyvoulos was an exhibition comprising the archives of Dimas Efthyvoulos (1924-2011), a Cypriot photographer who lived and worked in the Peruvian Amazon from 1979 to 1989, seeking to capture the "spirits of the jungle". It was the outcome of an ongoing research project into the life and work of Efthyvoulos, whose archives, comprising photographs, videos, audio tapes, texts, drawings, paintings, watercolours and a range of experimental material, were shared with The Island Club by his spouse, Tetyana Efthyvoulou, in April 2019. The project is managed and curated by Androula Kafa.
The exhibition was accompanied by a live audiovisual performance by Kafa, titled Other Aspects of Reality, conceived as a reinterpretation of Efthyvoulos's audiovisual presentation, Spirits of the Jungle or Other Aspects of Reality, which was presented throughout Europe and South America in the 1990's and 2000's. The performance comprised a projection of Efthyvoulos's "spirit" photographs alongside a long-form music composition drawing on the artist's audio tapes (which include recordings from shamanic rituals and the Amazonian jungle, among others) and his poetic and philosophical writings. It was presented in July 2021 at phenomena, a one-week programme of contemporary art on the Aegean island of Anafi organised by the Collection Kerenidis Pepe — Association Phenomenon, and in August 2021 at the Limassol International Documentary Festival as part of Spirits of the Rainforest, an audiovisual programme, curated by Kafa, which also included a screening of videos from Efthyvoulos's archive and a live performance by Cypriot musician and DJ, mohama tajalof (Veronica Georgiou).