The photography exhibition “Ydor”, by Marina Antoniou, was launched on Thursday, 11th of November 2021 at the High Commission of Cyprus. The event was held under the auspices of HE the High Commissioner, Mr Andreas S. Kakouris, who welcomed the guests to this important initiative that sheds light to the urgency to protect the planet’s aquatic ecosystems. Louis Loizou, Chairman of the Hellenic Bankers Association UK, took the floor to talk about climate change and marine life, followed by Julianne Flesher, CEO of Nossa Data, who explained about how Environmental, Social and corporate Governance (ESG) data inflect investment and growth opportunities in the current business climate. Dr Marios Psaras, Cultural Counsellor at the Cyprus High Commission, then introduced the artist, Marina Antoniou, who thanked the organisers and the audience and spoke briefly about her work.
In her exhibition “Ydor”, Marina Antoniou captures water in different forms. She photographs icebergs in Antarctica and Greenland, lakes in Galapagos, the crystal waters of the Mediterranean sea in Venice, Greece and Cyprus and lava beaches in Iceland. She presents aerial photos of the Amazon rainforest and snowstorm in the Alps. She photographs water as the natural habitat of whales, penguins and of an undiscovered sea life that human action is putting at risk. Through her exhibition, Marina invites us to re-evaluate our presence in the world and reflect on the urgent need to protect the primary and most essential source of life: Ydor.
Photos credit: Tas Anastasi.
Duration of exhibition: 11 November – 11 December | Mon-Fri 10:00-16:00 (book a visit via firstname.lastname@example.org)
Marina Antoniou studied photography at Central Saint Martins. Marina participated in photo exhibitions in New York, London, Barcelona, Rotterdam, Haarlem, Wales and Cambridge University. She received numerous awards including four times the Citi Arts Club 'People Choice Photo Award' and the 'Julia Margaret Cameron' distinction. Her work was included in the Barcelona Biennial of Fine Arts & Photography and at the University of Warwick. Through her Arctic whales photography, Marina collaborated with the 'Greenland Institute of Natural Resources'. Marina published five photography books. Her books form part of University Libraries and her work was selected for inclusion in photography publications in the US.
Organised by Cyprus High Commission in the UK – Cultural Section
Sponsored by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports and Youth of Cyprus – Cultural Services.