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The children in the Green Room

Gallery Argo in Nicosia will host a solo photography exhibition by Marina Shacola over the weekend under the title Green Room.

The exhibition is being held on the occasion of the release of the artist’s new book of the same title. The publication includes 90 black and white portraits some of which will be presented in the exhibition from 10am until 9pm.

The green room is a small room in the old buildings of the Makarios Children’s Home orphanage in Nyeri, Kenya, which hosted many children throughout the years, even despite the appalling living conditions.

Shacola first started to photograph some of these children in January 2010 and continued to do so even after the children were moved to the newly built premises.

Regarding the concept of the photographic project, journalist Stavros Christodoulou writes in the prologue of the book, “Marina Shacola effectively narrates a series of personal stories, freezing time at the exact moment when she succeeds in discerning real feeling. From the moment that these children reveal themselves in the few square metres of the Green Room, roles are automatically abolished and reassigned.

“The room is converted into an illuminated islet, a distinctive scene in which the children become protagonists of concurrent one-act plays. And the photographer, in the role of a narrator, tentatively explores their feelings, her sole quest and concern being to depict at least some small part of their truth.”

All proceeds from the sale of the book and the photographs will go to the Sophia Foundation for Children, which cares for the children from the Makarios Children’s Home orphanage.

Green Room
Solo photography exhibitin by Marina Shacola. Gallery Argo, 64E Digeni Akrita Avenue, Nicosia. November 28-29. 10am-9pm. Tel: 22-754009 or 70-000787

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