Photo Exhibition organised by GÖSAD Cyprus Visual Arts Association
By Heidi Trautmann
Walking through the cities
of Cyprus you will – here and there – still discover old Ottoman doors and
windows, in the old Turkish quarters or right through the historical old city
centres, many an Ottoman mansion can be found, old fountains, architectural characteristics on buildings. A
worthwhile project for any photographer and artist to discover the history
through the lens or by painting. I know quite a handful of artists who have
specialised on this project. Such work is historic documenting and it is
important to make society and its friends and visitors constantly aware of the
richness of a culture gone. Unfortunately, some of these riches are falling to
pieces. Samples of them should be kept in Ethnographic museums.
On the evening of July 22,
the Cyprus Visual Arts Association GÖSAD has opened an exhibition of 85
photographs taken by seven of their members. One of them, Şahap Tokatlı, told
me that they have hundreds more in their archive. The evening which was visited mainly by
politicians – members of the new government and mayors of various cities, for example
the Mayor of Famagusta, Ismail Arter, and the Mayor of Çatalkoy, Mehmet
Hulusioğlu, who have both sponsored the catalogue.
The President of the
association GÖSAD, Gökhan Altiner, and
Dr. Sibel Siber have spoken words of welcome and historical wisdom.
For many years I have been
on the lookout for expert literature and documentation and have written about
it on my website and for Cyprus Observer.
See the link below.
Artists such as Tulay Gürzap
have concentrated their attention on the Ottoman past and many other artists
with an architectural interest.
I hope that many young
people have seen the exhibition and have been explained the importance of it. Yes,
a bit more information on the exhibits that is what I missed, places where the
objects were found and the time and occasion.