A new exhibition presented by the Goethe-Institut Cyprus this month puts craftwork in the spotlight. In the Art of Making exhibition, Georgios N. Paparoditis presents eight craftspeople from Germany and twelve from Cyprus through a series of photographs and interviews, open to the public from December 2022 to February 2023.
“The surplus of industrial products and their immediate availability,” say the exhibition organisers, “contributes towards the people and work processes behind the things we use in our everyday lives being forgotten. This exhibition aims to bring these to our mind and show the beauty, as well as the challenges of working in the crafts.”
Opening on Thursday, December 8, the exhibition includes a series of photographs and texts by Paparoditis on the craftspeople: Osman Altunoğlu, Benjamin Auer, Behice Sönmez Biran, Mehmet M. Çoban, Demetris Constantinou, Martin Feser, Fabian Fischer, Yena Hacışevki, Genny Mparmpa, Achim Neub, Tahsin Özler, Souzana Petri, Dirk Schinker, Sotiris Sevastides, Simos Simakis, Tillmann Späth, Norihiko Tsukinowa, Tatiana Vasilyeva, Mahmut Yağmur and Jochen Zimmermann.
Half Cypriot and half German, Paparoditis is an architect, carpenter and photographer. The subject of craft fascinates him and through this project he wanted to capture the passion and dedication that describes craftspeople. Paparoditis visited, photographed and interviewed carpenters, metal workers, potters, wood turners, saddlers, organ builders, tailors and other craftspeople in Germany and Cyprus over a period of seven months. His photographs and texts show the working methods, workshops and stories of craftspeople.
Paparoditis will also lead five guided tours throughout the duration of the showcase. The first one is on December 10 at 12.30pm, then on January 18 at 6pm, January 28 at 11.30am, February 10 at 6pm and finally on February 25 at 11.30am.
The Art of Making
Exhibition by Georgios N. Paparoditis including photographs and interviews of craftspeople in Germany and Cyprus. December 8-February 25. Goethe-Institut Cyprus, Nicosia. Opening night: 7.30pm. Wednesday-Friday: 2pm-7pm, Saturday: 11.30am-2pm. Tel: 22-674606