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The photographs, taken in the southern regions of Cyprus, investigate the monuments, landmarks and statues that are part of the everyday life of Greek Cypriots. “The statues are vehicles of communication. They are vehicles of ideology, of information. It’s the entire object that also becomes a medium”, explains the professor.
These photographs analyse how statues and commemoration sites narrate and frame the Cyprus Problem, and how they in many cases contain references to the “Self” and the “Other” by presenting a heroic “self” to the “own” community, or by showing the suffering of the “self”. But the exhibition also investigates how some (exceptional) statues undermine this presentation of the “self” and offer a different narrative of the conflict, and the identities of the people involved. “The logics of war and conflict often makes us believe that there is a homogenous community that is identical. And that is part of the problem, actually, because it hides the diversity that is so important. Showing these internal differences is very important in dealing with conflicts like in the Cyprus Problem”, notes professor Carpentier. He continues: “the project shows how important and how traumatic the Cyprus Problem is. The Cyprus Problem scratched the Cyprus soul, it really went very deep. The statues are ways of dealing with that”.
The Limassol 2016 exhibition
The Nicosia 2015 exhibition
From Friday, November 13th to Saturday, November 21st 2015, the 20 photographs was exhibited for a week in the Home for Cooperation, at Ledra Palace in Nicosia.
The exhibition was open to the public Monday through Saturday, from Friday November 13th to Saturday, November 21st.