Heidi Trautmann



The hopes, fears and potential of future Cypriot generations as encapsulated in the works of distinguished artists from both sides of the island’s divide will feature prominently at the next meeting of Cyprus leaders, which will mark the formal opening of a rolling exhibition accompanying the ongoing peace talks.

The works on display are the creation of the art collective TWO|FOUR|TWO by Costas Mantzalos and Constantinos Kounnis, and the pair of visual artists Emin Cizenel and Anber Onar.  Cizenel and Onar have created an installation specifically for the exhibition, dressing all 17 windows of the main room of the site of the Cyprus peace negotiations with recent photographs of the sunlit faces of Greek and Turkish Cypriot children.

The works by art collective TWO|FOUR|TWO consist of portraits superimposed on one another, backlit, fusing different personalities to create new identities.

This is the third series of works in the exhibition, which kicked off on 1 June.  Following their meeting in the United Nations Protected Area of Nicosia on 10 September, Greek Cypriot leader Demetris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat will see the works in the presence of all the artists participating in the show as well of the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Cyprus, Alexander Downer.

The exhibition is made possible in part by assistance from the UNDP-Act programme.

Note to editors:  Media representatives are invited to cover the event, which is expected to begin at approximately 1 p.m. on 10 September.  A maximum of two representatives per media organization will have access to the premises of the event.  They are required to arrive at the UNPA no later than 11 a.m. for security and entry procedures.  Please contact the UNFICYP Public Information Office (22 61 4409, 601 4409 oztoycan@un.org ).

The organizers of the exhibition -- Argyro Toumazou and Ozgul Ezgin – may be contacted, respectively, on:  atoumazou@cytanet.com.cy (+357 99 317278) and ozgul.ezgin@gmail.com (+90 533 8640418).

Dear friends, this is an invitation to the press only. I hope that we may see the entire project one day. I understand that the combined forces of artists from the south and the north are to soften the hearts of the politicians deciding over our destiny.

May they bring good luck to them!


Photo Installation by Emin Cizenel and Anber Onar
Photo Installation by Emin Cizenel and Anber Onar

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