“Confrontation through Art – REMIX” exhibition, 1010 Hall – Nicosia 16/6/2017 Opening night

Confrontation through Art concludes the series of talks on Contemporary Art for adult Turkish Cypriot artists and art-lovers, with the revered Art Critic and Curator Mrs Beral Madra, who will be delivering her lectures on 30th of November and 1st of December at EMAA Captial Art Center (18:00-21:00 UTC+03:00).
Both talks will be in Turkish

beral_madra“Visual Arts in Post-Truth Age”

In the age of perpetual crisis predicted when humanity entered into the age of globalisation and visual information and culture one of the most effective tools of communication, collaboration and participation are provided with contemporary art works and contemporary art making, which is the major component of global culture industry.
The relational aesthetics of this production empowers the theoretical and practical communication and collaboration between all sciences, humanities and academic divisions as well as between all the realities of human life in this planet.
Effective reading of art works, which includes making predictions based on prior knowledge, checking understanding, asking questions is first of all an essential parameter for an intellectual achievement. But also an ability to overcome the confusions created by political and economic manipulated information, visual pollution and excess of tragedy.
Art-making, artworks and constructed images, which have socio-political content and intention have this particular character and form of counter-criticism. They reflect an ambiguous whole of opposite/offensive and complementary/substitute position. They are contrary and offensive, yet also complementary and substitutive for the representation and metaphors of real life, for the realities and global events. History and art history is quite crammed full with “critical images” that have created political, social and cultural catastrophe.
The seminar will present purposes of image reading, evaluation of art works, follow up important concepts, ideas, statements, interpret and get involved in the debates of contemporary art subjects and the role of the curator, disseminating these art works.

Pls. read the following:

APPLY NOW! – Open Call Deadline: 6th November 2016
Click here for Concept / Application / Guidelines

OPEN CALL title: “Dig Where You Stand”
… reference to Sven Lindqvist’s book of 1978, which explores the idea of researching the history of one’s own workplace

Berlin curator Naomi Hennig

Berlin curator Naomi Hennig

The European Mediterranean Art Association (EMAA) and the Rooftop Theatre Group are announcing their last Open Call for 4 Young Cypriot Artists to participate in a 10-day Residency/workshop/exhibition, which will take place in Berlin during December 2016, within the framework of the EU funded project “Confrontation Through Art: Contemporary Art as an Instrument for Reconciliation in Cyprus”, 2014-2017.

The Residency will be curated by independent curator Ms Naomi Hennig (Berlin, see CV), who will lead a group of 8 artists, 4 Cypriot artists to be selected by the curator through this Open Call, and another 4 European artists to be invited. Cypriot artists have until the the 6th of November 2016,  to apply and will be notified of the selection by the 10th November 2016. The group will meet in Berlin, live and work together on the concept proposed between 1 – 10th December 2016, and produce an exhibition.

The Athienou animation visit and workshop for a team of teenage girls

Animation-workshop Palepafos Castle,  Int'l Animation Festival at Kouklia

Palepafos Castle,
Int’l Animation Festival at Kouklia

Animation-workshop Palepafos Castle,  Int'l Animation Festival at Kouklia

Palepafos Castle,
Int’l Animation Festival at Kouklia

Animation-workshop Palepafos Castle,  Int'l Animation Festival at Kouklia

Palepafos Castle,
Int’l Animation Festival at Kouklia

Animation - visit to H.Tsangaris Museum, Plataniskia

Animation – visit to H.Tsangaris Museum, Plataniskia

Animation - visit to H.Tsangaris Museum, Plataniskia

Animation – visit to H.Tsangaris Museum, Plataniskia

Animation - visit to animation workshop, Plataniskia

Animation – visit to animation workshop, Plataniskia

Invitation Opening Mar15 The Residency group



Exhibition art works:

OPEN CALL –  Deadline – 1st March  2015

Application Guideline Form (.pdf)

Project Description (.pdf)

Basak_photo Young Artist Development Programme

February 2015, Nicosia – The European Mediterranean Art Association (EMAA) and the Rooftop Theatre Group are announcing their second Open Call for visual-arts, a 10-day Residency / workshop / exhibition, which will take place in mid-March 2015, within the framework of the EU funded project “Confrontation Through Art: Contemporary Art as an Instrument for Reconciliation in Cyprus”, 2014-2017.

The Residency will be curated by the young curators Basak Senova (CV) & Alenka Gregorič (CV), under their proposed concept title ‘Stepping Over the Borders – What makes a division rigid? What makes a violation reflexive?’. Four European artists are invited to participate in this Nicosia Residency, and will soon be announced.

The four Cypriot artists will be selected by the curators through this open call. Cypriot Artists have until the end of the month, the 1st March 2015,  to apply and will be notified by the beginning of  March 2015.

The team of 8 artists (4 European and 4 Cypriot) lead by the curators and supported by the project coordinators will be hosted in the old city of Nicosia. They will live and work together on the concept proposed from Wednesday the 11th till Friday the 20th and produce an exhibition of their artistic endeavour. The exhibition will open at EMAA Capital Art Centre with the end of the residency on the 20th, and will also be moved to the CVAR Centre for Visual Arts and Research in the old city of Nicosia later on.

Participating Artists to-date: Timo Tuhkanen cv (Finland), Benji Boyadgian cv, Nika Autor cv (Slovenia) & Ovidiu Anton (Austria/Romania)

Ozgul Ezgin
Argyro Toumazou

project co-coordination

Cyprus Mail Interview: Art as a force to unite

By Alix Norman

One could be forgiven for thinking there’s a typo in the press release: a project that’s “30 months long”? Surely they mean three? But no. As it turns out, this is a project so vast in scope and vision that it’s already taken organisers over 18 months of preparation. And it’s only just launched.

Named Confrontation Through Art: Contemporary Art as an Instrument for Reconciliation in Cyprus, the project is indeed a two-and-a-half-year collaboration between two non-profit organisations, The European Mediterranean Art Association (EMAA) and the Rooftop Theatre Group (both of whom boast years of experience in bi-communal and international activities), and is funded in the main by the European Union under the Cypriot Civil Society in Action programme. But, despite the lengthy words and complicated phrasing involved, this is a project that actually has the simplest – and best – of aims: bringing people together.

“Ever since EMAA was founded, 12 years ago, we’ve always had the vision that art is a very, very important tool with regards to reconciliation,” explains Project Coordinator, Özgül Ezgin. “We started on a smaller scale, holding lots of residencies and activities to bring people together through the medium of art, and years later this has grown into larger projects.”

But the mission, she adds, has always remained the same, and this latest undertaking furthers the aims of enhancing reconciliation, peaceful co-existence, tolerance and creative problem-solving awareness, and skills of diverse segments of Cypriot communities through contemporary art.

Her colleague, Assistant Project Coordinator Argyro Toumazou, concurs: “The crossing has been open for 10 years now, so this is a very pertinent matter. An everyday matter,” she adds, “especially for those of us who live in Nicosia; it’s as if your country ends in the middle of your town, no matter which side of the line you live on. So the division is a personal, everyday matter, not just a political one.”

Together with another three members of the project committee, these two highly experienced coordinators are bringing Confrontation Through Art to life, using the medium of art in all its forms to challenge, educate, inform and inspire citizens not just across the island, but also abroad.

“It’s important to have an international perspective from those who have an interest in areas of separation,” says Argyro, referencing the many notables who will be joining the project from countries across the EU. “It’s an opportunity to confront your problem through the eyes of others, embracing different perspectives,” she continues. “A chance to learn how non-nationals feel about the issues in Cyprus, away from our own inertia.”

But the project doesn’t merely involve inviting foreigners to the island, it’s also allowing local participants the chance to travel abroad, in the first of the five main activities: “Starting in January, there will be three residencies – one in Cyprus, one in Berlin and the last in Greece – for young Cypriot and European artists,” Özgül explains. “Each boasts a selected curator,” – the first of whom will be London-based Italian artist Viviana Checchia – “who will choose a number of participants in an open call, and will work with interdisciplinary experts in areas such as cookery, architecture, geography and sociology. And at the end of this time, the artworks produced will be hosted in an exhibition at both EMAA and – through the exemplary kindnesses of Mrs Rita Severis – at the Centre of Visual Arts and Research.”

The second activity on the calendar will be very similar in type, though this time with two residencies of five adult artists working closely with a curator – renowned Bosnian artist Branco Franceschi being the first of these. The third activity, however, is rather different and aims to confront a section of the population no similar project has previously tackled: children in rural areas.

“We’ll be holding a series of workshops for the children in four designated villages, two in the north and two in the south,” says Argyro, adding that though the specific villages have not yet been chosen, the group welcomes suggestions and collaborative ideas. “They’ll be creating art, visiting museums and galleries in Nicosia, coming together in the buffer zone and will, hopefully, visit each other’s home villages before a final exhibition at the Goethe-Institut Cyprus.”

Designed for speakers of the Turkish language, the fourth activity is a series of five presentations and lectures on aspects of contemporary art – given by expert art historians, writers and associated professors – involving a variety of issues regarding confrontation through art. And the final activity – perhaps the most momentous of all – will be the documentation of the project in full: a trilingual compilation of images and text encompassing the entire body of work – and the experiences it has engendered – from the project’s inception.

“We hope it will be a concrete reminder of the experiences and the processes involved in Confrontation Through Art; everything will be in there!” exclaims Argyro, clarifying that the book – no doubt a weighty tome by this time – should launch in 2017 as this historic project nears its completion.

This, then, is a massive undertaking – not just in terms of duration, but also in its hoped-for achievements. And none more pertinent, says Özgül, than the direct gains for the people of the island: “The artists who are directly involved, art lovers who visit the exhibitions, the villages and villagers who are chosen, those who read the book… everyone will benefit.” And, ultimately, it will all be going straight back to the community, with everything produced donated to EMAA for the founding of a contemporary arts museum.

“With Confrontation through Art we’re promoting contact and free dialogue on many levels,” Argyro concludes. “And even if, by the time we’re through, we’ve allowed just one person to understand another’s perspective, it’s a success.”

A confrontation it is then. But this is defiance in the best sense of the word: a confrontation that challenges us all – artists or no – to accept and understand each other through art; a confrontation of our perspectives. And at the end of that 30 months? Well, watch this space for news of a great success…

Confrontation Through Art: Contemporary Art as an Instrument for Reconciliation in Cyprus
For full details of the project and how to get involved, contact EMAA Capital Art Centre on 0090 227 37 99; Project Coordinator Özgül Ezgin on 0090 533 864 0418 or ozgul.ezgin@gmail.com; or Assistant Project Coordinator Argyro Toumazou on 99 317278 or argyro@toumazou.com. Further information is also available on the website www.art-confrontation.com, the Facebook page www.facebook.com/ConfrontationThroughArt and the Twitter feed @Confront_Art