By Maria Gregoriou
As of today the solo photography exhibition entitled The World of Cyprus by Andreas Efstathiou will be on display at Is Not Gallery in Nicosia.
The exhibition’s title has been borrowed from the massive work of art by Cypriot painter Adamantios Diamantis. But, with this being said, Efstathiou does not wish to reproduce the work by Diamantis which has become so famous and represents a world of Cyprus in the past. The similarities linking Diamantis and Efstathiou include the reasoning behind the work, the inspiration for creating this world and representing in it the way both artists saw fit.
Like Diamantis’ work, these photographs represent real Cypriot life. We do not see the hustle and bustle of the city centres, but the real life, the traditional life which still exists today and which reminds us of what it means to be Cypriot.
Each photograph in the exhibition is accompanied by a short note by the photographer telling the story behind each image. Efstathiou thought this necessary because these stories have an equal importance to what was captured on camera.
These images have been captured over the last ten to 12 years during which Efstathiou travelled around remote villages to document figures, characters, and attitudes which are slowly fading from the largest canvas of the world of Cyprus.
The World of Cyprus
Solo exhibition by Andreas Efstathiou. Opens July 10, 8pm, until August 10. Is Not Gallery, 11 Odysseus, Chrysaliniotissa, Nicosia. Monday-Saturday: 10am-1pm and 4pm-8pm. Tel: 22-343670