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Exhibition offers new view of modern English politics

The Island Club, in collaboration with the Limassol International Documentary Festival, presents Some Letters by Eric Baudelaire, a two-part exhibition comprising of a film projection and three works of written correspondence, taking place first in The Island Club in July and then moving to the Evagoras Lanitis Centre in August.

The exhibition tackles two different political topics that are somehow related. Part 1 is made up of two projects: Ante-Memorial and Where Are You Going?

Creator Eric Baudelaire, when he isn’t working on films, writes letters – like the one sent to Margaret Thatcher on February 9, 2011, and subsequently to John Major, Tony Blair, Gordon Brown, David Cameron, and Theresa May. Initiated in response to a request to create a public monument, Baudelaire’s correspondence inquires about the contents of the elusive ‘letters of last resort’. The prime ministers’ responses, along with Baudelaire’s original letters, comprise Ante-Memorial.

The other project part of the exhibition was created following Britain’s vote to leave the European Union when Baudelaire initiated a correspondence with the 650 members of the House of Commons and the 800 members of the House of Lords. The responses comprise Where Are You Going? (2018–present) and this timely work will receive its inaugural showing at The Island Club, where it will be presented in daily instalments, with an additional letter unveiled on each day of the exhibition. These two projects will run at the Club from July 6 until August 8.

Part 2 is also split into two projects. The first, Those That Arrived and Some That Were Lost poses questions about the idea of states and how they are made official by looking at the example of Abkhazia on the Black Sea. The questions are explored through Baudelaire’s personal correspondence with Maxim Gvinjia, former Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Abkhazia.

Baudelaire and Gvinjia’s correspondence is also the basis for the 103-minute film projection Letters to Max (2014). As Gvinjia records himself answering Baudelaire’s letters, Baudelaire’s images of everyday life in Abkhazia create a sense of sombre poeticism, highlighting both the fragility and the resilience of the self-proclaimed Republic. Part 2 of the exhibition will run at the Evagoras Lanitis Centre in the first week of August.

 

Some Letters

Two-part exhibition comprising a film projection and three works of written correspondence by The Island Club, in collaboration with the Lemesos International Documentary Festival. Part 1. July 6-August 8. The Island Club, Limassol. Part 2. August 1-8. Evagoras Lanitis Centre, Limassol. Tel: 25-252010, 99-517 910

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