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The mind remembers

By Maria Gregoriou

As of today two exhibitions connected to memory will be on display in Nicosia.

The first is a solo photography exhibition by Costas Tsagaridis entitled ‘Frozen Nicosia Since 1974’. The exhibition features 41 photographs – equal to the number of years since the Turkish invasion – which were taken around the Green Line.

Tsagaridis dedicates this exhibition to Costakis Mitsiggas who lost his life at the age of 16 serving his country in 1974 on the front line. The collection, which took three years to be realised, will be shown at the Loukia & Michael Zampelas Art Museum.

The second exhibition is a group exhibition by students of the Department of Design and Multimedia, University of Nicosia, as well as artworks by students from state and private Cypriot high schools. The art work on show was developed in the context of the competition memo – the notion of memory through visual arts.

The idea behind the competition and the exhibition is the notion of memory and remembrance that is hidden beneath the word memo (meaning a report, a note, or a process of remembering).

Students were asked to creatively explore and engage with the concepts of memory and remembrance, to consider old and contemporary urban or rural myths or realities, to recall images from past instances of urban life that are no longer a reality, and scenes which have not been recorded or which have been excluded from the grander narratives which we can find in history books.

Frozen Nicosia since 1974
Solo photography exhibition by Costas Tsagaridis. June 17 until June 24. Loukia & Michael Zampelas Art Museum. 27 Arch. Makarios III Ave, 1020 Kaimakli, Nicosia. Monday to Friday: 8am-2pm. Tel: 22-456099 or 22-456093. Email: [email protected]

Group exhibition by students of the University of Nicosia and Cypriot high schools. Opens June 17 at 8pm until June 23. Politis Newspaper, Nicosia. Tel: 22-841500

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