This collaborative project seeks to investigate the relationship between archaeology and contemporary art photography. It involves meetings with international artists, a roundtable discussion, a visual publication and an exhibition, all aiming to critically negotiate issues such as the fabrication of narratives and the possibility of re-imagining history, the construction of archives and their politics, and processes of tracing and collecting.
/ Explore the role of the artist as archaeologist
/View the photographic archive as a space of archaeological excavation
/Address the politics of archaeology and photography
/ Involve processes of archaeology and photography
/ Investigate the relationship between museums, archaeology and photography
/ Address issues of authenticity and originality in archaeology and photography
/ Approach critically archaeological knowledge and narratives
/ Critically negotiate photographic processes and production
/ Re-invent archaeological sites of knowledge through photographic practices
/ Offer alternative forms of preserving the past through photography
Elena Stylianou is Assistant Professor in Art History and Theory at European University Cyprus, where she founded and coordinates its Cultural Studies and Contemporary Arts Lab. She holds a doctorate in Art Theory and Education from Columbia University, Teachers College, New York and an MA in Museum Studies and Art Education from the same school. She previously held a research postdoctoral fellowship at the University of London, Institute of Education, UK. She has taught at MoMA and the Museum of the City of New York, and has been involved in various curatorial projects. Her fellowships and awards include a Fulbright Scholarship (USA), a Spencer Fellowship Research Training Grant (USA), and an Art Table Museum Fellowship (USA). Her research interests include contemporary art from Cyprus, museums, and photography. Her academic work has been published widely in book chapters and academic journals and she co-edited Museums and Photography: The display of death (Routledge, 2017).
Yiannis Toumazis is Assistant Professor at the Department of Fine and Applied Arts of Frederick University, Nicosia, Cyprus, the Director of NiMAC (The Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre) and of the Pierides Foundation, and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Cyprus Theatre Organization (THOC). His work focuses on issues of art theory, museology, museography and curating. He has curated numerous contemporary art exhibitions in Cyprus and abroad. In 2011 he was the curator of the Cyprus Pavilion Temporal Taxonomy at the 54th Biennale of Venice in Italy. He has also designed several museums in Cyprus and Greece, amongst which is the awarded THALASSA Museum of Ayia Napa, Cyprus. In 2003, he co-authored the book Cyprus Art of the 20th Century. In 2013, his book on Marcel Duchamp, Marcel Duchamp: Artiste Androgyne, was published by Presses Universitaires de Paris Ouest in France. His essays, articles and other writings on art, museology and photography have appeared in many international scientific journals. He has also edited numerous contemporary art exhibition catalogues, articles and other publications.
Artemis Eleftheriadou is Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Fine and Applied Arts at Frederick University Nicosia, Cyprus. She holds an MA in History of Art from Goldsmiths University and a BA in Visual Communications. Her theoretical interests focus on contemporary art, visual culture and social theory. She has authored articles in international art publications and curated exhibitions/projects that took place in local and international venues, such as the exhibition Atlandis Lost for the Cyprus Ministry of Education and Culture at Indira Gandhi National Centre, India 2008; Publish Me! at Städtische Galerie, Germany 2005; The Cyprus Participation at the Casoria International Art Centre, Triennial Project, Italy 2005. In her design practice she concentrates on experimental book design, publishing and socially informed visual communication projects.