OPEN, 2010

in situ light installation

Exhibition history 

2010 Suspended spaces #01 – Famagusta, La Maison de la Culture, Amiens, France, curated by Brent Klinkum, with: Ziad Antar, Katerina Attalides, Christian Barani, Bertrand Gauguet, Berger et Berger, Antoine Boutet, Nikos Charalambides, Marcel Dinahet, Koken Ergun, Maider Fortune, Pravdoliub Ivanov, Jan Kopp, Yiannis Kyriakides, Lia Lapithi, Daniel Le, Eric Valette, Armin Linke (in collaboration with Aristides Antonas and Serap kanay), Panayiotis Michael, Andrian Paci, Francoise Parfait, Denis Pordruel, Sophie Ristelhueber, Mira Sanders, Yiannis Toumazis, stephanos Tsivopoulos, Christophe Viart, Mehmet Yashin 

Suspended spaces #01 – Famagusta

A ghost town in Cyprus as a metaphor for an aesthetic and political reconstruction in the margins of Europe: an artistic approach to contemporary issues related to a real situation, with about 30 international artists and contributions by writers from different fields (philosophy, anthropology, history, politics, and sociology).

Contemporary political Europe is built on a principle involving the disappearance of physical borders. The Schengen area is gradually seeing the boundaries between European Union member states vanish, thus symbolically erasing what lay, twice over, at the root of the 20th century's two world wars. In specific cases, however, and with distinct violence, border areas, buffer zones and “suspended spaces” are all unsettling Europe's geography, like so many points of tension.
The town of Famagusta in Cyprus is one such point. As a partly closed town, emptied of its inhabitants, occupied by the turkish army and also guarded by UN forces since 1974, the year that saw the end of the armed conflict between Greece and Turkey, Famagusta becomes the metaphor of an aesthetic and political construct in the book Suspended spaces. culture-amiens/