After a run in Paphos as part of the European Capital of Culture Pafos2017, the photography exhibition The Alien Trail will travel to Nicosia on Friday, where it will be shown as part of the Nicosia Pop-up Festival.
The exhibition, at the Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre (NiMAC), forms an integral part of a wider project created by Nicolas Iordanou to raise public awareness about refugees and migrants living in Cyprus and to promote their integration into society.
NiMAC Director Yiannis Toumazis points out that “the exhibition, which is taking place immediately after the completion of the major project Terra Mediterranea: In Action, underlines NiMAC’s efforts to raise our awareness against segregation and partitions of all kinds. Culture is an important agent in drafting hospitable, cohesive and inclusive futures by encouraging a creative dialogue among different groups of citizens.”
This creative dialogue has been taken up by Iordanou, who is joined by photographers Nikos Economopoulos, Antoine d’Agata and Bieke Depoorte. The four photographers wandered in neighbourhoods where these people live in Cyprus, visited the reception centre for asylum-seekers at Kofinou and spent time getting to know them by listening to their stories, dreams and aspirations. The photographs displayed tell these stories, give faces to this minority living among us, and may become tools towards achieving social inclusion of these refugees into our community.
The Alien Trial
Photography exhibition. Opens December 8 at 7.30pm until December 30. NiMAC Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre, 19 Palias Ilektrikis, Nicosia. Tuesday-Saturday: 10am-9pm. Tel: 22-797400