Layers of Visibility
Cyprus appears in many guises. It is an island. A European island, albeit divided, which is closer to the Middle East than to the heart of Europe.
Nicosia is currently the only European capital city divided by a wall, the buffer zone, monitored by United Nations troops since 1964. Whilst simultaneously Oriental and Hellenic, legacies of British colonization are also evident. Place is constituted through geography, history, memories and narratives that reflect cultural currencies, familial and personal lived experience. For those who live there, Cyprus is a land of complex tensions. For many, Cyprus is better known as a holiday destination, whether sun, sand and Aphrodite’s rock in the south, or hill-walking in the north, a region under development with new hotels, casinos and clubs signifying further expanses of pleasure realms. The economy is primarily centred on tourism and on agricultural production and export. Yet sandy inland areas, marked by small-scale industrial enterprise, suggest different stories and trajectories. For outsiders there is very much more to be discovered than that which first meets the eye.
Between 2013 and 2017, seven artists associated with the University of Plymouth, UK, responded to Cyprus through residencies at Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre. The resulting work indicates a range of different responses to the island and to the complex layers of Cypriot culture, a place where historically the Hellenic and the Islamic were variously entangled and, along with legacies of British colonialism, remain marked now.
- Carole Baker
- Christopher Cook
- Hannah Drayson
- Liz Nicol
- Kayla Parker and Stuart Moore
- Simon Standing