Inandim, Elena Konstantinou and Hasan Zeybek, three young artists from the island
of Aphrodite make their manifestations in their joint art exhibition at the
beautiful Ismet Güney Art Centre that opened on Friday December 05 with words
of welcome by Ümit Inatçı President of the TC Artists & Writers Union. The
Union, he said, is supporting young artists who with their own art language
prepare the way to unity. The catalogue was published by the Union.
Zeytinoglu, professor at the Fine Arts Department of Minamar University in
Istanbul, has written the introduction for the joint exhibition and he dwells
on the title with many words of depths that actually lead into a more
three young people, born in Cyprus and of the same age group, with a very
distinct working philosophy address the viewer with their own interpretations
of Cypriot society and its conflicts.
Inandim throws an observing eye on the factitiousness of society, criticizing
the behaviour of people beyond the clean surface of society’s morality, the
rules of which are constantly broken by them. Misapprehension of ideals of
beauty, the cramped conditions that are caused by it with truth and reality
shamefully brushed under the carpet. She shows how cramped she feels herself as
part of this society, how she feels encaged. There is no escape, the sense of
captivity is emphasized by symbols, the closed blinds, the wire mesh, and throughout
symbols of bourgeoisie. An overwhelming and grand presentations. A big YES from
my side for this manifestation.
Zeybek keeps asking himself and the viewer the questions around migration, the
enforced migration : where is our Arcadia, can our feet be planted on the same
piece of land with our soul rooted at another? We can only reach our own wholeness
when we construct our Arcadia on the land where we are, the feeling of longing to
be where the soul is will prevent the wholeness. What is home for us humans, how
important are belongings, pieces of furniture, items lost, do we not bestow too
much importance on them, keep the souvenirs alive within the frame of memory,
always present to our unseeing eyes? There is this installation of a house, the
centre piece a fire place and bright orange walls pierced by huge nails…. future
can be built including the mementoes of the past, they may be part of it. Hasan
Zeybek has widened the circumference of his artistic language by excitingly
vivid installations, also through a video installation to further manifest his
ideas with the shape of a tree engraved on a stone, eventually fading over a
period of time. A manifestation to be proud of.
the third manifestation Elena Konstantinou shows her work, a video installation
that is touching
and saddening, even hurting: a young woman opens her body up stitch by stitch
and slowly sand trickles down between her fingers until she empties herself
completely to the viewer: the birth of….what….the Goddess herself creating the beaches of the island? Is it the sand of the wall
consisting of sacks of sand with small outlooks high up to the other side? Or
is it a question
of identity or rather emptying herself of all the nonsense picked up by modern
life? It made me feel
helpless, I wanted to go and help the young woman in the video.
was not present at the exhibition, she lives in London and only occasionally
comes to Cyprus. I hope to meet her one day to see some more of her work and
ask her questions.
the title ‘Three Shapes of Aphrodite’ the exhibition had been shown in Sarajewo
in the Galeria Preporod in May 2014, a country where they have encountered a
similar state of mind regarding the problematic past of their country, Hasan
Zeybek had told me.
exhibition can be visited in Nicosia at the Ismet Güney Art Centre until
December 12. The
venue is next to the Kaimakli Post Office.