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By Maria Gregoriou

Many exhibitions showcase paintings, ceramics, sculptures and even fabrics but the two group exhibitions we suggest you put on your list of things to see for the middle of December are Dead Zone Vertigo in Nicosia and Studio 4 in Ayia Napa.

Dead Zone Vertigo is an exhibition by Greek-Cypriot painter Andros Efstathiou, American poet and Fulbright Scholar Paula Closson Buck and Turkish-Cypriot painter Ruzen Atakan. As of Monday, these three artists will be showcasing their poetry and visual art pieces inspired by the city that lies in a dead zone, Famagusta.

Even though these three individuals come from very different backgrounds and deal with a land that has been the subject of negotiations for 30 years, the outcome of the exhibition resonates a sense of shared humanity.

As the imagination can overcome barriers and go where the physical cannot, the artists spent six months imagining the dead space of Famagusta.

Language and visual image will be presented in the exhibition to bring to life the artists’ responses to the subject matter. Some are ironic, some are despairing and others hopeful, but they are all of equal value when creativity is considered.
Studio 4 is currently running at the Thalassa museum in Ayia Napa, the outcome of a project run this July by the Department of Architecture of Frederick University.

A team of professors and 60 students of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture from six European countries spent two weeks in Ayia Napa investigating scenarios for comprehensive and sustainable models for tourism and living in the town.

They were asked to examine the areas between residential areas and the beach front, relaxed landscapes where residents and holidaymakers can visit, and the possibility of creating an eco-neighbourhood in the city.
Some of the designs from this project will remain on display until Monday.

Dead Zone Vertigo
Showing of poetry and visual art on Famagusta. Opens December 15, 7pm, until December 17. Goethe-Institut Gallery, Nicosia. 12pm-7pm. Tel: 22-674608

Studio 4
Group exhibition of architectural representations inspired by Ayia Napa. Until December 15. Thalassa Museum, Krio Nero Avenue 4, Agia Napa. Monday: 9am-1pm. Tuesday-Saturday:9am-5pm. Sunday: 3pm-7pm. Tel: 23-816366

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