by Kyriaki Costa


NIMAC event: https://www.facebook.com/events/748983289588662/?ref=newsfeed

Cyprus Mail article: https://cyprus-mail.com/2022/06/17/dive-into-the-story-of-water-in-nicosia-on-this-guided-tour/?fbclid=IwAR0bXyjFdveh1IuxAp7uXZ9fWbrgRFg9Z0Ir0zB001KiVOjbJnrWXddC6p0


20-21 June

Phaneromenis70 is pleased to announce a series of actions titled Topophilia II and our participation in the first festival of the New European Bauhaus with the support of the Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre, the Cultural Services of the Ministry of Education, and the Nicosia Tourist Board.

The festival of the New European Bauhaus aims to bring people together to discuss the building of a sustainable and inclusive future through interdisciplinary collaboration. It is an initiative organised by the European Commission, with presentations and actions taking place across Europe for the month of June. The thematic concerns of the New European Bauhaus resonate with the values of Phaneromenis 70, with Topophilia II being our first participation in this network of change.

The programme includes workshops, discussions, walks, and art presentations about the coexistence of nature and culture in Nicosia. Our events will unfold between the 9th and 21st of June, with activities focusing on the historical evolution of the city, its urban ecology, and its potential future condition.

The project will begin on the 9th of June, which is the starting date of the festival. It will include a live participation in Europe Vision at 13:00 CEST (https://new-european-bauhaus-festival.eu/home), and a workshop with walks around the city for urban sketching and creative writing delivered by artist Nicoletta Papamichael and archaeologist-researcher Kyriaki Tsirtsi.

On June 10th, the opening of the exhibition “Sketching Nicosia” will take place in the Library of Phaneromenis (Phaneromenis 46-48). It will present the results of the successful workshops that took place on 21, 25 and 28 of May, led by artists Chloe Finn, Michael Charalambous and Nicoletta Papamichael. An online discussion will also take place between Brussels and Nicosia at 11am EEST discussing the participation in the festival and relaying news between the two cities.

On June 20th, we continue with a conversation inviting the local visual arts community to discuss the coexistence of humans, plants, and animals in Nicosia, as well as a screening of short films. How can the element of water help us read this discourse in the development of Nicosia’s built environment over the past centuries?

Our project will conclude on the 21st of June with the presentation of “Head and Hand - Foun[d]ain” (2021-2022) by Kyriaki Costa, in collaboration with NiMAC. We will meet at 6pm in front of the Art Centre and take a guided walk to a water tank near the Nicosia District Court, where we will have a discussion in relation to “Head and Hand - Foun[d]ain”

Participants will be invited to share their perspectives regarding the actions that can be taken to improve the conditions of coexistence between people, plants, and animals in Nicosia to create beautiful and sustainable places together.


20 June 2022
18:30 Discussion with the local visual arts community and the participants of the action which will take place on the 21st of June.
20:00 Screening of short films curated by Nikolaos Akritidis

21 June 2022
“Head and Hand – Foun[d]ain” / Kyriaki Costa 2021-2022
18:00 Meeting at NIMAC
18:30-19:30 Participatory walk around Nicosia curated by Antigoni Michael
19:30 - 20:30 Meeting at the water tank (courthouse area). Discussion among the public, artists, art theorist, architects, environmental and heritage experts, regarding the actions that can be taken to improve the conditions of coexistence between people, plants and animals in Nicosia, as well as the artistic interventions of Kyriaki Costa titled Head and Hand – Foun[d]ain.
20:30 Reception