Treasure Island

Duration: 26.09.2014 – 08.11.2014

Organisation: The Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre, Associated with the Pierides Foundation,Cyprus Ministry of Education and Culture, Cultural Services, AHDR, SIDESTREETS Initiative


The Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre – Associated with the Pierides Foundation [NiMAC] and the Cyprus Ministry of Education and Culture, Cultural Services, in collaboration with AHDR (Association for Historical Dialogue and Research) and SIDESTREETS Initiative, announce the opening of a new exhibition project entitled Treasure Island on Friday, 26 September 2014. The project features visual works, performances, public discussions, interventions and other events selected through an Open Call, next to a number of preselected works.

Treasure Island seeks to expand discourses of the past in Cyprus. It seeks to shed critical light on dominant modes of historical representations, and address those stories that have been subjugated, manipulated or silenced by hegemonic historical discourses and artistic, literary or theoretical practices. Moreover, the project aims to underline the broader meaning of the political in art, in the local context: On the one hand, as a drive for critical (re)negotiation of the modern history of trauma, conflict and violence, as well as of any totalizing ideological strategies of approaching, thinking and narrating the past, particularly in relation to national or cultural identification. On the other hand, as an attempt to deal with a broad spectrum of crucial issues that affect Cypriot society, beyond the Cyprus Problem. Ultimately, the project aims to bring forth the culturally inconspicuous, and the latent patterns of Cypriot historical experience, both in the colonial and postcolonial contexts.

The project has welcomed a variety of presentational formats such as visual works, performances, theoretical discussions, film screenings, talks, literature/poetry readings, public interventions and educational programmes. It features a diverse group of Cypriot and international participants, including Emin Cizenel, Lia Haraki, Eleni Kamma, Nurtane Karagil, Gabriel Lester, Literary Agency Cyprus/Whirling Words, Mesarch Lab, Panayiotis Michael, Savvas Papasavva, Christodoulos Panayiotou, pick nick, Alexandros Pissourios, Saramarasamsara, Nicolas Tschopp, Stefanos Tsivopoulos and Sholeh Zahraei/Kamil Saldun. The programme also includes presentations and interventions led by Adonis Florides, Antonis Hadjikyriacou, Chrystalleni Loizidou, Meropi Moiseos/Nasa Patapiou/Eleni Papadopoulou, Johann Pillai and Evi Tselika/Marina Hadjilouca spread throughout the duration of the exhibition, as well as a one-day series of theoretical discussions. Treasure Island will also be hosting a public reading library in collaboration with Moufflon Bookshop, comprising bibliography from the areas of social and cultural studies, postcolonial theory, social anthropology, political science, art theory, history, critical literature and poetry, and beyond.


Friday, 26 September, 20:00 @ NiMAC (Opening)
The Record Replay React Show (2014, 30’)
Lia Haraki

Saturday, 4 October, 10:30 @ NiMAC
Screening/Discussion [in English]
Life Chances: Four Families in a Greek Cypriot Village by Peter Loizos (1974, 43’)
Antonis Hadjikyriacou in conversation with Olga Demetriou, Zelia Gregoriou and Adonis Florides

Wednesday, 8 October, 19:30 @ Rüstem Bookstore (24-26 Girne caddesi, Sarayönü, Nicosia)
Screening/Discussion [in English]
Cyprus is an Island by Ralph Keene (1946, 34’)
Adonis Florides in conversation with Costas Constantinides and Yiannis Papadakis

Friday, 10 October, 19:00 @ NiMAC
Presentation [in English]
“Cyprus Pussy”: Culture jamming/On Cypriot commemoration in the 21st century & its interventions
Chrystalleni Loizidou
The Record Replay React Show, (2014, 30’)
Lia Haraki

Saturday, 18 October, 10:30 @ NiMAC
Presentation/Discussion [in Greek]
Here Lie the Books, Rizokarpaso 1931-32 (2014)
Meropi Moiseos, Nasa Patapiou and Eleni Papadopoulou in conversation with Takis Hadjigeorgiou, Niyazi Kızılyürek and Makarios, Bishop of Kenya

Friday, 24 October, 19:00 @ NiMAC
Presentation [in English]
Nonverbal Communication
Gabriel Lester

Wednesday, 29 October, 19:00 @ NiMAC
Visual lecture/Presentation [in English]
Monument to Fragmentation
Johann Pillai

Saturday, 1 November, 10:30 @ NiMAC
Screening/Discussion [in Greek]
Cyprus is an Island by Ralph Keene (1946, 34’)
Adonis Florides in conversation with Christodoulos Panayiotou and Yiannis Papadakis
Saturday, 8 November, 10:30 @ NiMAC
Discussions [in English]
The Past as Treasure Hunt

Part I, 10:30-12:00: “Buccaneers and Buried Gold”: Deconstructing memory and fiction 
with Yiannis Hamilakis, Nicolas Papadimitriou and Stephanos Stephanides
Part II, 12:00-13:30: “The Stockade”: Barriers in Education / Education of Barriers
with Mete Hatay, Aydin Mehmet Ali and Yiannis Papadakis
Saturday, 8 November, 20:00 @ NiMAC
The Record Replay React Show, (2014, 30’)
Lia Haraki


The event is co-organized by the Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre – Associated with the Pierides Foundation [NiMAC] and the Cyprus Ministry of Education and Culture, Cultural Services, in collaboration with AHDR (Association for Historical Dialogue and Research) and SIDESTREETS Initiative. Curatorial team: Yiannis Toumazis, Louli Michaelidou, Anber Onar, Despo Pasia, Kyriakos Pachoulides, Elena Stylianou.