NICOSIA: AS SEEN BY OTHERS, Still the only divided city in Europe

 

With a visual arts viewing, art beyond politics functions as a means by which a strong deposit is built, the result of an intercultural exploration and recording through the mapping of the still divided city of Nicosia. The buffer zone/green line serves as a platform for a short but content-rich art journey in order to redefine its pragmatic as well as its symbolic existence.
The proposed workshop offers participants the opportunity to experience and thus to discover, through an experiential engagement, the capital of Cyprus as the last divided city of Europe. They are then asked to imprint, through an artifacts collection, a personal collage based on the theme Urban Collage: with(in) and with(out) the green line.

Creative procedure
Participants are invited to work on a personal level or in small groups, on a daily and intensive basis based on the structure of the proposed program. Mapping the routes that concern them within the Nicosia Walls and through exploratory walks, they will develop a personal methodology of recording and plotting ideas, thoughts, images and texts that will now be characterized as visual artefacts.
Visual artefacts, combined with parallel historical and geographic research, and with an individual way of expression, will create a personal synthetic collage. Excerpts, notes, interviews, photographs, videos, and any other possible "evidence" surrounding the enclosed area of the inner city walls, targeted to the buffer zone/green line, will be the content of a particular and fascinating creative process in a defined space-time context. The different background, individuality and personality of each workshop participant and their interaction during the procedure may lead to unexpected results.
At the end of the workshop, at the last meeting, each participant will submit an excerpt from his/her work to create a new collaborative work. The digital, collective collage NICOSIA: AS SEEN BY OTHERS, STILL THE ONLY DIVIDED CITY IN EUROPE will be based on the proposed theme Urban Collage: with (in) and with (out) the green line and is going to be posted on the internet as informative and educational material through an online platform.

Schedule
Monday
Welcome meeting at N..P Fine Arts Studio in Nicosia. Introduction to the project, designing a plan of action.
With the study of the official Nicosia Municipality Website and the DISCOVER THE CITY suggestions and based on the map of the city, possible exploratory itineraries will be indicated:
• Visit to the Nicosia city wall
• Visit to the Centre of Visual Arts and Research (CVAR).
A walk through history and experience the magnificent views described by travelers and visitors centuries ago. Located on Ermou Street in the heart of the walled city of Nicosia, opened in 2014. The CVAR is home to the Costas and Rita Severis collections, which include paintings, antique costumes and memorabilia related mainly to Cyprus and its neighbors’ countries. The CVAR also houses a library and research centre whose over 5,000 volumes are available to scholars and casual readers alike.
• Visit to the Leventis Municipal Museum
Throughout the collections and exhibits of the Museum, the history of the city of Nicosia unfolds over the centuries. More than 10,000 objects make up the permanent and special collections of the Museum through the following exhibition
Sections: Ancient times, Byzantine era, Frankish rule, Venetian rule, Ottoman times, British empire and Republic of cyprus. At the same time, the Museum has a large photographic archive covering the period from the 19th century until today.
Afternoon
A walk in and out of the green line, together with the group organizers.
Tuesday
Morning
• Organization / construction of personal maps and routes.
• Inside the City Walls / exploring the area
Afternoon
• N.P Fine Arts Studio, Nicosia
Personal Practice
Wednesday
Morning
• Inside the City Walls / exploring the Area
Afternoon
• N.P Fine Arts Studio, Nicosia
Personal Practice
Thursday
Morning
• Inside the City Walls / exploring the Area
Afternoon
• N.P Fine Arts Studio, Nicosia
Personal Practice
Friday
Morning
• N.P Fine Arts Studio, Nicosia/Personal Practice
• Organisaton of personal practice
• Exhibition planning at a personal space
• Video recording by the organisers for archive purposes
Afternoon
N.P Fine Arts Studio, Nicosia/ VIEWING OF EXHIBITION
• Evaluation/Discussion of results
• Creating the collaborative collage

© 2016 by Nikos Papaloukas. Proudly created with Wix.com