An innovative exhibition of contemporary art by PAFOS2017 and EX-ARTIS “ANIMATES” the Pafos Archeological museum

The Organisation Pafos2017 – Cultural Capital of Europe and ex-Artis Cultural Association present an exhibition of contemporary art in the Archaeological Museum of Pafos entitled:

“Trauma and Therapy, Cypriot Antiquity and Contemporary Art”

The exhibition will be inaugurated by the President of the House of Representatives, Yiannakis Omirou, on Friday October 10, 2014, at 7.30pm. Curated by the Professor of Art History, Dr. Niki Loizidi, this exhibition is inspired by the unique healing clay vessels “thermofores” and the surgical instruments of the Roman period that are exhibited in the Pafos Archaeological Museum. Contemporary artists, through their creations, converse with Cypriot antiquity and are inspired by either the concept or the ancient healing hot water bottles, and present works of contemporary sculpture, installation, video art and photography.

This original exhibition is a combination of space and time, the ancient and the modern, the influence and inspiration, action and effect. It gives substance to the objectives and concept of Pafos2017 and highlights its key objectives, as expressed through the central idea of the Open Culture Factory.

Furthermore, within the general philosophy of the artistic programme of Pafos 2017 “Connecting Continents, Bridging Cultures”, the exhibition is expected to be transported to Europe and hopefully to Aarhus, Denmark, the European co-capital of Culture (together with Pafos) of 2017.For the duration of the exhibition there will also be an educational programme for students of Primary and Secondary Education in collaboration with the Department of Education of the University of Cyprus, the Pedagogical Institute and the Ministry of Education and Culture.

The exhibition is presented in collaboration with the Department of Antiquities, supported by the School of Fine and Applied Arts and the Laboratory of Semiotics and Visual Communication of the Technological University of Cyprus, and sponsored by the Cultural Services Ministry of Education and Culture, the Cyprus Tourism Organization and the Medochemie pharmaceutical company.

The exhibition is held under the auspices of the Cyprus National Commission of UNESCO.

Participating artists: Rinos Stefani, Susan Vargas, Yiannos Economou, Marianna Constanti, Charalambos Charalambous, Angelos Makrides, Andreas Savva, Katerina Attalidou, Euripides Zantides, Joanna Tympiotou Antonis Neophytou Yioula Hadjigeorgiou Nicos Charalambidis, Lilia Hadjigeorgiou, Ümit Inatçi and Ditte Lyngkær Pedersen from Aarhus, Denmark.

The exhibition “Trauma and Therapy – Cypriot Antiquity and Contemporary Art” is accompanied by a special bilingual publication which includes the archaeological information about the ancient Pafos vessels, an analysis of the concept and descriptions of the works of the participating artists by the curator Dr. Niki Loizidi.

The exhibition will remain open until February 28, 2015.

For further information:

Organization Pafos 2017: 26932017/Cultural Association ex-Artis: 99527373

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