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By Maria Gregoriou

THE ARTos Foundation is hosting a series of events under the name Producing localities: Cultural Endeavours towards a Cypriot paradigm, organised by XORKO Collaborative Art Movement today, Friday, and tomorrow, Saturday.

XORKO Collaborative Arts Movement is a cultural and artists’ movement based in Cyprus that began on November 15, 2011, originally by Evagoras Bekiaris and Nico Stephou. XORKO in Cypriot Greek translates to village and the notion behind the movement is to promote the idea of an environment similar to one that can be found in a village, therefore creating a sense of belonging between Cypriot artists to collaborate and create art together.

XORKO acts as a platform to enable all members to expand themselves in the context of art collaborations and not limit their art to just their personal forms of expression. As mentioned by the founding members of the movement “ever since the birth of this movement we have found ourselves in a peculiar state of constant return, a recurring process that emerges almost subconsciously in the organisational procedures and the symbiosis of the members of XORKO.

Such is the scope of this set of events to which we address our invitation. Open invitations to examine our relationship with the object, which we choose to analyse, facilitate and produce as a collective movement.”

So with this in mind, today the XORKO invites us all to take a look into the dimensions of Cypriot art as depicted in Cypriot culture and locations throughout the island.

The event starts at 4.30pm with Lina Protopapa presenting her photographic book entitled Satura. The book shows a number of people living in Nicosia, going about their daily lives. The photographs themselves represent the shared identities of these people and the rediscovery of their lives as they themselves see them.

The presentation will last until 5pm and at 5.30pm until 7pm, the photographer, visual ethnographer and author Nicos Philippou, will present his book Coffee House Embellishments.

Philippou is presently lecturing at the Communications Department of the University of Nicosia and is working towards his PhD at the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Bristol.

The evening begins to come to a close at 7.30pm with the presentation of the XORKO CD entitled Spectrum. It is a 12 track CD which is compiled of songs received after an open call for music from local artists.

Tomorrow starts again at 4.30pm with a presentation of a booklet with poetry and photography which were also received by the movement’s open call. The book features 11 poems and 11 photographs.

Then at 5.30pm Yiannis E. Ioannou, a professor of French and comparative literature will present his study entitled The 1974 generation in Cyprus. The study focuses on the production of poetry in the period 1974-91 and attempts to trace the birth of the formation of antagonism against the dominant ideological and aesthetic norms of Cypriot culture.

The last event is a screening of the film Evaporating Borders at 7.30pm, followed by a discussion. The film concentrates on asylum seekers in Cyprus to bring to light the themes of migration, tolerance, identity and belonging.

Producing localities: Cultural Endeavours towards a Cypriot paradigm
A two-day event featuring the work of a number of artists, including a screening and book presentation. January 2-3. ARTos Foundation. 64 Ay. Omolyites Avenue, Nicosia. Friday: 4.30pm-8.20pm, Saturday: 4.30pm-9.30pm. Free. Tel: 22-818128

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