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Carving memories

The exhibition Memories of 1974 by artist and printmaker Stelios Stylianou fits in with Holy week as it is being held at the Byzantine Museum, in the same vicinity as a number of permanent icons.

In this display Stylianou re-contextualises Greek Orthodox iconography. The name of the exhibition may not immediately link itself to religion, but points to the fact that the artworks are visual imprints of the loss and destruction brought about by the events of the summer of 1974.

The occupation is a very personal theme for Stylianou as his father was among the missing until November 2014, when his remains were found and identified at the village of Templos.

Speaking about the exhibition, the artist said “I engrave for those who lost their lives on the battlefield, for those who remained unhurried on the hillsides, for those who were buried in mass graves in the fields, for those who were identified and returned to be given a proper Christian burial with honours befitting heroes. I engrave for all those who refuse to forget what happened on this island. My prints are dedicated to those who left and to their legacy, the fight for justice.”

It took Stylianou eight years to complete the collection, with the help of his teacher Hambis Tsangaris. He carved on wood and linoleum, to create images which reflect his feelings towards the subject matter.

This exhibition marks the first ever artistic intervention at the Byzantine Museum in Nicosia.

Memories of 1974
Solo exhibition by Stelios Stylianou. Until May 18. Byzantine Museum, Plateia Archiepiskopou Kyrianou, Nicosia. Monday-Friday: 9am-4pm and Saturday: 9am-1pm. Tel: 22-430008

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