Do statues talk? Do monuments narrate our own existence? What is it that we are missing when we walk by them every single day?

From Friday, November 13th to Saturday, November 21st 2015, Cyprus has the opportunity to witness a visual sociology on the Cyprus Problem, through Prof. Dr. Nico Carpentier’s exhibition “Iconoclastic Controversies: A visual sociology of statues and commemoration sites in the southern part of Cyprus” by Prof. Dr. Nico Carpentier”. A corpus of 20 photographs will be exhibited for a week in the Home for Cooperation, situated in the UN buffer zone in Nicosia, opposite Ledra Palace.

These photographs, taken in the southern part of Cyprus, investigate the monuments, landmarks and statues that are part of the everyday life of Greek Cypriots. To stimulate further dialogue, two debates will be organized during the period of the exhibition. These debates are open to the public.

  • The first debate, on 18 November (at 18:00) is entitled “Monuments and memories. A debate on the relevance of remembering the past through memorials” and is co-organised by the Association for Historical Dialogue & Research.
  • The second debate, “Covering the Cyprus conflict” takes place on 19 November (at 18:00) and is co-organised by the Cyprus Community Media Centre.

For more information on the exhibition, please visit the website.