Cyprus in Time
Date: Monday 24 October - Friday 25 November 2016 (excluding Wed 26 October from 4pm & Fri 25 November from 3pm)
Venue: Atrium Gallery, Old Building, LSE
Time: Mon-Fri, 10.00-20.00
This exhibition is free and open to all - no booking required
Under the auspices of HE Euripides L. Evriviades, High Commissioner for the Republic of Cyprus to the UK
The photography exhibition “Cyprus in Time” by Cypriot artist photographer and journalist Antigoni Solomonidou Droussiotou seeks to portray, through a series of black and white photos, the numerous contrasts in religious and political tradition, daily habits and everyday life evident on the divided island of Cyprus. These photos were captured throughout many years spent exploring and observing both sides of the island.
“Cyprus in Time” captures elements from across all spectra of both sides of the island. The photos attempt to portray, in a simple yet unique manner, the people of Cyprus and their habits, all placed against the backdrop of the Cypriot landscape, with its stunning contrast of mountain, sky and sea. They demonstrate Cyprus as a mixture of similarities and contradictions, an intermingling of two cultures that may appear immiscible – superficially different, yet in many ways, strikingly alike. Images encompass a broad range of themes. From the classical to the modern, the religious to the secular, examples include churches leaning against mosques, remnants of antiquity and graffiti on a backstreet amidst the urban sprawl.
The photos help to evoke the historical memory of pain and separation, but also the great resilience of the people. In Cyprus, past, present and future are connected by a single thread, with the past writing the present and the present foretelling the future.
This exhibition is organised by the Hellenic Observatory in association with LSE Arts to celebrate the HO's 20 Year Anniversary.
It is supported by the A. G. Leventis Foundation to which we want to express our deep gratitude.