The crazy world we live in. Perspectives by artists in Cyprus

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“My dear child, are you crazy? World!… What is this other world! The world is right here where we are. Life is just as we have it… Samad Behrengi, The Little Black Fish.

Swimming against the tide, breaching the oppressive barriers, going beyond our limits, leading the society and shedding light on the unimaginable horizons, are the major themes of the book. The Little Land Fish art exhibition project, inspired by the book, is centred on multi-perspective interpretations and discussions of several concepts and problems, thereby fostering new artistic creativity. Our time is marked by a tension between the historical and the contemporary, which could be relieved by adopting an intermediary position that makes the past subservient to the present. This position, alongside new perspectives, is grounded in the creative domain of art.
The cultural phenomena of a world that is getting smaller have precipitated discussions around “local culture” and “global culture,” and around individual and collective “cultural identity.” In this framework, little individual stories are often important in revealing and materialising these notions. The exhibition aims at offering artists living in Cyprus, a discursive platform for interpreting and expressing via art, the relation, the dialogue and the tension between the island of Cyprus (a “Little Land Fish”) and the continent (be it Turkey, Greece, Europe, etc.). It also aims – using as starting point the story of the Little Black Fish and its adventures to reach the great seas – at discussing the theoretical transformations of a common identity, of reciprocal becoming, of borders and of transformations.

Penned by Samad Behrangi, The Little Black Fish is the story of an old fish telling his 12,000 children and grandchildren a tale themed around justice, equality, questioning dogma, and swimming against the tide. The tale concerns the efforts of the little black fish in his troublesome voyage to the sea and eventual freedom.

Organized by European -Mediterranean Art Association and Cyprus Chamber of Fine Arts, supported by Istanbul 2010 European Capital of Culture Agency, The Little Land Fish exhibition presents artists from North and South Cyprus. This exhibition is conceived and funded within the scope of “Portable Art” project. Seventeen artists from the island will be hosted in İstanbul with the cooperation of Cypriot non-governmental organizations. The exhibition was open to visit between June19 –July 19 2010.

ORGANIZERS: EMAA, European-Mediterrenean Art Association. EKATE, Cyprus Chamber of Fine Arts
ARTISTS: SERHAT SELIŞIK- DOĞUŞ BOZKURT, MUSTAFA ERKAN, ZEHRA ŞONYA, ÖZGÜL EZGİN, GRUP 102, KLİTSA ANTONİOU, VİCKY PERİCLEOUS, TATİANA FERAHİAN, KATARİNA ATTALİDOU, MELİTA COUTA, YİANNOS ECOKOMOU, ADİ ATASSİ, ANDREAS SAVVA, YİOULA XATZİGEORGİOU, NİKOS KOUROUSSİS, LİA LAPİTHİ

IST2010 / Contemporary Art from North and South Cyprus

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