- ….. an abandoned dream
by three different MA courses at EMU
exhibition at the Goethe-Institut Nicosia from May 27 – June 13, 2014, with the
opening on Monday, May 27 at 19:00 hrs in the presence of the artists. A
project of artistic treatment of the forgotten and lost after a process of
conflict and war on the example of the Nicosia International Airport.
I could not be present at the opening but went a couple of days later when the
exhibition hall was again transformed into a lecture hall and the German
teachers were about to have the final exams there. So I could not see the other
installations but just the posters on the wall. However I have been given many
photos of the opening event. I had heard that the organisers of the exhibition
had organised bus transfer for those from Famagusta which I think is a sensible
thing to do; if it could be done likewise when there are events in Famagusta,
we from the western side of the island would surely come more
often to Famagusta.
students of the master class have used the photographic material they had
available and created from and with it scenes of unreality, a dreamy world of
ghosts, have filled the lost and abandoned halls of a once active turntable of
human encounters into sometimes absurd pictures of Cypriot past; they have
realised thoughts that came up when studying the case of the international
airport in the buffer zone between the two brother communities.
students with diverse nationalities, cultures, religions and languages at the
Eastern Mediterranean University, Department of Visual Arts and Visual
Communication Design provide fascinating perspectives and inspiration on the
”Abandoned” project, thanks to their metaphoric approach and focus on a
lost cause, a lost identity, a lost place, a lost idea, and an abandoned dream.
Students expressed their ideas on the project in forms of posters and postcards,
motion graphics and experimental videos.
Since the students involved in this project did not have direct experience with
the Nicosia International Airport, which was selected as the case study, they
tried to familiarize themselves with the topic through their lectures, research
and photos taken by others. As William Glasser states in his “Choice Theory,”
we are all born ”genetically programmed” to have five basic needs of ’survival,
love and belonging, power, freedom, and fun.’ In that regard, students from
various backgrounds were able to create powerful visual messages as their final
instructors of the three MA courses are Assoc. Prof. Dr. Senih Çavuşoğlu
(posters and postcards), Asst. Prof. Dr. Firat Tüzünkan (motion graphics) and
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ümit Inatçı (video art).
student artists are: Niloufar Safapour(Iran), Ali Fallahzadeh(Iran), Barış
Parlan (Cyprus), Neda Rezadeh (Iran), Marjan Khajavi (Iran), Faegheh
Babazadehchenarani (Iran), Zahra Mohammadkazemi (Iran), Elena Ghedova (Russia),
Ayben Şengil (Turkey), Shima Golchin (Iran), Ahmad Osama Azmi Albakri
(Palestine), Seyedeh Rozhano Azimi Hashemi (Iran), Shiva Parhizkari (Iran),
Nasim Nejad Azar (Iran), Yali Wang (China), Maedeh Fekri (Iran), Oluwasegun
Benjami Adetona (Nigeria), Sholeh Zahraei (Germany), Olaniyi Efena Teidi
(Nigeria), Omid Kalantar (Iran), Nigina Nasridinova (Tajikistan), Bike Koralp
(Cyprus), Şeyda Nur Turunç (Turkey), Sara Fahami (Iran), Farrukh Safarzoda
(Tajikistan), Esra Taşkın (Cyprus), Zahra Barzigar (Iran), Wshyar Mohamad Amin
interesting mixture of nationalities working on a theme that does not concern