Japanese photographer Masahiro Usami has travelled to Paphos, where he was invited by the organisers of the European Capital of Culture Pafos2017 to capture the lives of its people through his lens.
The large-scale photographs, the result of this invitation, will be displayed at Ibrahim’s Khan as of Thursday at 7pm. The photographs were taken by Usami as he observed the island through the life of its people and captured images that represent our hopes and our current socio-political situation. The photographer used his artistic perspective in particular when it came to people that were directly connected to the events of 1974, symbolising their hope for reunification.
This exhibition is part of the Japanese Eyes on Cyprus project and it is also part of the Mada-la photography series. Usami has been working on this project for over two decades, travelling from Hokkaido to Okinawa to photograph groups of people arranged to resemble the mandala religious symbols of Buddhist art. The idea is that a main figure is set within the photograph in order to represent its detailed life and environment.
Manda-la in Cyprus
Photography exhibition by Masahiro Usami. Opens on December 14 at 7pm until December 24. Ibrahim’s Khan, Paphos. 4pm-7pm. Tel: 26-955166