By Heidi Trautmann
For more than 55 years the historical building
of the Electric Trafo Station, put into
service in 1938 and out of it in 1960, was left to rot away until the Girne
Municipality with its Mayor Nidai Güngördü decided to restore it and put it
back into public service as an Art Gallery. The result is beautiful; outside it
carries its old face but inside it has been changed into a great venue for art
activities, art exhibitions. The building is situated in the Sanayi of Girne
among craftsman ateliers, small cafés and restaurants, in the street
approximately opposite the Round Tower, in Cengizhanlı Road.
…”The unifying power of art will now deliver human
energy instead of electricity to our people, unity and peace, and from here
worldwide”….said the Mayor in his opening and welcoming speech. And, he continued,
he knows that art centres and museums that host cultural and artistic activities
contribute to raising the quality of life and cultural level of people in a
Dr. Sibel Siber, Speaker of Parliament
confirmed the above said and that the demolishing of historical buildings
causes the loss of a city’s soul.
A symbol of unity was created by handing around
a red thread to the hands of artists and people in the audience with the words ‘Together
we can’ or similar, …. my own philosophy.
Set up by İpek Denizli Karagöz, the first
exhibition of the Trafo Art Gallery showed art work by Bahar Çıralı, Batu
Gündal, Bedia Kale, Canan Aksoy, Cumhur Deliceirmak, Erman Karagöz, Fatma Özok,
Hasan Eminağa, İpek Denizli Karagöz, Menteş Korucan , Mümine Özdemirag Yağlı,
Oktay Aksoy, Rauf Ersenal, Salih Mustafa Çizel, Selen Selışık, Şenol Özdevrim,
Serhat Selışık, Serkan İlseven, Sevcan Cerkez, Sevim Erdal and Zülal Karlıova.
of very different genres were on display, from very conventional to very abstract
and a wide range of ceramic art works were shown, from archaic pieces,
sculptures to modern ideas.
was said that national and international artists and art events are welcome in
the future. It is now up to the initiators’
management to carefully develop the destiny of this beautiful and charming
place of art in order to show the richness and diversity of the island’s art
present exhibition is open to the public until 02 December 2017. Viewing times
are Mon-Fri during governmental working hours plus Saturday 10:00 – 15:00 hrs.
will keep you updated.
PS: I cannot upload all art work, there are many more....