Female Artists Cyprus

“Be inspired by imaginary works – communicate through art creations.”

Photography Exhibition – Choice November 28, 2010

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Photos by Eleonora Katakinaite, Lithuanian photographer.

one is imprisoned in his freedom
his heart is frozen but has liquid memories
he comes home to be trapped…
when you fill your eyes with truth
you cover your face with a mask
and when you finally see all details
your soul is blooming
…it is the right time to burn
to see the horizon..

From: Friday, November 19th, 2010
Until: Saturday, December 4th, 2010
Time: Starts at 19:00

Nuevo Cafe Bar
13 Nikou Antoniade
Paphos, Paphos Cyprus
Phone: 99685385

Email: eleonora.arch@gmail.com


Nicosia – Flowers to the Star November 7, 2010

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Photography exhibition

So far away from each other, so different and still so closely connected: Berlin and Nicosia. The Berlin dividing line was drawn in 1961 to be overcome unexpectedly 28 years later, whereas pulsating life in Nicosia was disrupted in 1963, its dividing line becoming insurmountable in 1974. It partly opened 29 years later with hope emerging, a miracle might happen. However, the two halves of the last divided capital in Europe are still waiting to be united.

It is to the core of this fascinating city abounding in cultural wealth and caught in the strangling grip of history that the German Cultural Centre dedicates the photo exhibition NICOSIA – FLOWERS TO THE STAR thanking the cultural institutions on this island for fifty years of very friendly and fruitful cooperation. This exhibition represents a considerably enlarged and adapted version of “Nikosia the wall”, a photo exhibition conceived by Georgea Solomontos, Cultural Attache at the Embassy of the Republic of Cyprus in Berlin and presented in Berlin, Munich, Münster and Vienna. The opening of FLOWERS TO THE STAR will take place on Wednesday, 10 November 2010, 20.00 hrs, at 39 Boumboulinas Str. & Makarios III Ave, 3rd floor. H.E., Mrs. Erato Kozakou – Marcoulli, Minister of Transport, Communication and Works will give a welcome address on behalf of the President of the Republic. The Mayor of Nicosia, Eleni Mavrou, will open the exhibition. A reception will follow the opening.

The photo reporter Marcos Gittis from Germany, art photographer Arunas Baltenas from Lithuania and artist Katerina Attalidou from Cyprus portray the multifaceted, mysterious face of Nicosia within the walls on both sides of the demarcation line, each in their own distinct style.

Marcos Gittis was born and grew up in Berlin, his school bordering on the Wall. During a working visit to Cyprus in 2000, he was strongly reminded of the past when standing in front of the street barricades at the end of Ledra Street. Since that key moment he started his own search for the reasons of partition in Cyprus, the demarcation line being a recurring element in his photographic work. Marcos Gittis captures above all everyday life, overshadowed by the reality of the dividing line. However, he does not describe a given situation, but an ongoing process, uncovering political processes and social changes. Abandonment and absurdity represent central themes in his work.

Marcos started his professional life as a film laboratory technician. He lived in Cuba from 1985 – 1990, where he started to work as a photographer, his teacher being Juan Jose Vidal Hernandez. He travelled as a photo reporter through Germany, England, France, Sweden, Spain, the USA, Greece and Georgia. During the past seven years he totally devoted his time to Cyprus. He is the co-founder of Cyprus International Press Service (Nicosia/Berlin).

For Arunas Baltenas the relationship between the history and culture of a city and its inhabitants is decisive. In this sense, he finds Nicosia unique with a history where almost all European cultures left traces. “Nicosia seems to me a symbol of the helplessness of culture exposed to the politics of peoples”, he comments. He calls his style of black and white photography with architectural motives “social photography”, as man, though invisible in his work, is lurking at the origin of devastation.

Arunas Baltenas was born in 1956 in Lithuania and is a member of the Lithuanian Art Photographers’ Association. From 1984 – 94 he took part in the programme for the preservation of the Lithuanian cultural heritage. He has cooperated in many photographic publication projects such as “Lithuanian Folk Art”, “Moments of Lithuanian History”, “The Art of Lithuanian Churches” and ‘Old Lithuanian Sculptures”. The Lithuanian National Museum and the French National Library in Paris have bought his collections of black and white photographies of the old town of Vilnius.

Katerina Attalidou is a Cypriot painter. She was born in Nicosia and grew up without the opportunity of ever experiencing her home city as a whole. When the dividing line opened in 2003, she did her own research about this mysterious place with pencils, inks, water colours and a camera. In 2005, she started new discovery trips, this time with a tape recorder interviewing inhabitants on both sides of the demarcation line. In the evening, she tried to conjure up the feelings her wanderings had left in her, the pain of human beings on both sides of the divide, their longing for change. With different techniques such as monotype, prints on transparencies and collage she created a psychogramme of human life facing the dividing line.

Katerina studied history at the Sorbonne in Paris and painting at the Aristotelis University in Thessaloniki. She represented Cyprus in 2003 during the Sarajevo Festival as well as the Triennale in New Delhi in 2005. She presented her art also in Finland (Women Cypriot Artists), in Turkey(Artists & Artists in Constantinople), in Austria(Looking over the Wall), in France(Paris/Chypre) and above all in Cyprus(Art Aware, Leaps of Faith, Spacewalk, Rolling Frame). In her works she applies elements of drawing, photography and collage/assemblage as well as sound.

With their work Marcos Gittis, Arunas Baltenas and Katerina Attalidou succeed in lancing an appeal: This city is in need of unity.

Opening ceremony: Wednesday, 8th November 2010, 20.00 hrs. A reception will follow.

Opening Hours
10.00 – 13.00 & 17.00 – 19.00

Marfin Laiki Bank Cultural Centre
39 Makariou ΙΙΙ Avenue
3rd Floor
Nicosia, Nicosia 1065, Cyprus

Rima Musa – Imagery in dialogue September 26, 2010

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Ingredients used for my personal statement include:

Half a kilo of minced fashion
400g of Italy
2 tablespoons of Lebanon
140ml of unconventional forms of art
4 cubes of hard work
1 teaspoon of Photography
300g of plain excitement, unsifted
a handful of guts

I am a person you encounter accidentally at a random bus stop, someone you probably wouldn’t have thought of interacting with unless you were overcome with curiosity as to why I carry a gigantic vintage Polaroid with me everywhere I go. I am an individual who takes her time to get to know her surroundings. I believe that every “no” has the potential of transforming itself into a different form of a ” yes” and many a times I have come to find that persistence comes hand in hand with many unexpected inspiring incidents in ones’ life, in particular that of my own.

Over the years, my family has instilled in me certain values, one of them being that learning is something we are meant to do since day one. It is an attribute that had led me to acquire a degree in fashion design, a glorious way to commence my educational journey where I was also invited to attend an internship at the prestigious Elie Saab design studio in Beirut at the heart of an oriental jewel of a city in 2007. At 20, having lived in Lebanon for three years, I was determined to pursue other dreams, and relocate to Europe, specifically to the charming city of Florence in Italy, where I indulged in a love for all things Italian in addition to attending a one year Photography programme reflecting specifically upon the powers of visual aesthetic and composition. It was also a chance for me to take part in a project during the month of July, 2009 amidst the majestic red sand dunes of the Wadi Rum desert in Jordan, photographically documenting all aspects of Bedouin life, and explaining their oral traditions to a team of international journalists; Arabic being another language I speak fluently having learnt it through my family.

My next destination was my hometown of Athens where I grew up, also the magnificent place where I discovered a new found passion for derelict and abandoned spaces. Travelling back and forth between Cyprus and Greece during that time frame, was a perfect chance for me to document a series of structures where silence acted as the main protagonists amongst the stories of these homes and the people who once lived there. It was in that period of time that I had also started to appreciate all things minimal. I embraced the concept of impermanence, where things could be seen, without having to be physically presented to the observer who is watching. A nostalgia had been awakened in me for a space that was free of material things, a stool in the corner would suffice, anything else would have taken away from the symbolism that nature and time had injected into the cores of those very walls. I have been fortunate to be invited by members of the Cyprus Photographic Society in Limassol to exhibit these works this coming October and have been overwhelmed by the support I have received from my family and friends. This exhibition will feature mainly works that I have photographed covering topics such as Portraits, Fashion, Spaces and Polaroids.

As an approach to a more fluctuated state of being where I could combine different experiences that have encompassed my vision of the world in addition to developing the ability to express myself more thoroughly both visually and verbally, I attended two short courses at CSM during the summer term earlier this year, the first being in Art Direction and the second in Creative Writing. My passion for experimentation has brought me to apply for a degree in postgraduate studies [ MA in Applied Imagination] as I aspire to become a Creative Director in the future. I am finally ready to take up a whole new challenge that will allow me to take a step closer to being able to define in depth, who I am as a creative and what I like to do. It will also be a great new addition to my growing list of ingredients for future personal statements that I aspire to write.

Rima Musa

The exhibition will be inaugurated by Dr. Vassos Lyssarides on Wednesday, September 29, 2010, at 19:30.

Opening Hours
10.00 – 13.00
17.00 – 20.00

From:Wednesday, September 29th, 2010
Until: Wednesday, October 6th, 2010
Where House of Arts and Literature
7 Victor Hugo Street
Limassol, Limassol Cyprus
Phone: 25749179