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The week in art

This week, the art scene brings together a number of artists, a number of artistic approaches and a vast amount of talent from all over the island.

Today at 6pm the photography exhibition entitled Inside, Outside and In Between the Buffer Zone by French photojournalist Barbara Laborde will return to Nicosia for a closing and sale exhibition at the French Institute. The photographs will be on show and for sale until April 27.

Laborde followed the green line, discovered the different faces and images that exist on both side of the divide, and documented them.

The exhibited photographs that will be on display are mostly of landscapes, people visiting villages, the UN soldiers, and shepherds. These images came from Laborde’s quest to collect people’s stories and while doing so she found that there is a huge gap between the perception of the line and its reality.

She said that the image we have of the buffer zone is always the same and it is the same image that we project to tourists. For this reason she “wanted to tell people what is going on there, and give them the opportunity to see what it looks like because if you don’t know what lies on the other side of this imaginary line, you cannot imagine a common future.”

The documentary works on show offer visitors access within the buffer zone and along both its southern and northern sides, from west to east.

Tomorrow the art scene moves to Larnaca where the exhibition titled Ancient Kition and the Modern World of Larnaca will open at the visitors’ centre of the Archaeological Site in Kition.

The exhibition includes works from artists who were inspired by old engravings portraying the Larnaca area, particularly the area of ancient Kition, and intervene artistically to produce a modern perspective.

The exhibition will be presented by the Department of Antiquities and the Ministry of Transport, Communications and Works, it is organised in collaboration with the Phivos Stavrides Foundation – Larnaca Archives, and it is held within the framework of celebrations for the International Day for Monuments and Sites.

The opening of the exhibition will be held under the auspices of the Minister of Transport, Communications and Works, Marios Demetriades. The Director of the Phivos Stavrides Foundation – Larnaca Archives, Iosif Hadjikyriakos will give a short presentation, followed by a reception.

Lastly, in Limassol on Friday the solo painting exhibition by artist Paul Timms will open under the title Night Works.

Timms is a versatile artist who started out with acrylic but moved into using oil paints when he got more comfortable with his art. Most recently he has found a voice in abstract surrealist paintings, in which he uses a series of unique techniques.

The artist has experimented with these techniques, taking them into more “extreme” territories, as he puts it, finding “brutal methods and techniques” which have helped him create a singular tradition and a new important direction which, along with his contemporaries, is paving the way for a new artistic movement in Cyprus.

Inside, Outside and In Between The Buffer Zone
Photography exhibition by Barbara Laborde. Opens April 19 at 6pm, until April 28. Institut Francais, Strovolos, Nicosia. Monday – Thursday: 8.30am-6.30pm and Friday: 8.30am-2.30pm. Tel: 97-867372

Ancient Kition and the Modern World of Larnaca
Group exhibition. Opens April 20 at 6.30pm until August 31. Visitor’s Centre of the Archaelogical Site of Kition, Leoforos Archiepiskopou Kyprianou, Kition, Larnaca. Monday – Friday: 9.30am-5pm. €2.50. Tel: 24-304115

Night Works
Solo painting exhibition by Paul Timms. Opens April 22 at 7pm until April 24. Rodi Event Venue, 57 Kapodistria Street, Limassol. 10am-1pm and 4pm-7pm. Tel: 99-917479

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