Intersections of archaeology and photography

Discussions, exhibitions & publications

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The Ar(t)chaeology Project organizes a series of discussions with international artists that critically engage with the relationship between contemporary photography and archaeology. The Ar(t)chaeology Project will also be facilitating and organising an exhibition and publishing a catalogue of their discussions and works.


Intersections of Photography and Archaeology

NiMAC [The Nicosia Municipal Art Centre, Associated with the Pierides Foundation] and IAPT  [International  Association  of  Photography  and  Theory]  present  the  exhibition Ar[t]chaeology  curated by Elena Stylianou, Artemis Eleftheriadou,  and Yiannis Toumazis.

Artists: Victoria Ahrens, Peter Ainsworth, Charalambos Artemis & Alexandra Manglis, Nicolas  Lambouris,  Wiebke  Leister,  Adam  O’Meara,  Zé Barretta,  Kyriaki  Costa,  Marina Kassianidou, Efi Savvides, Stephen Vaughan, Michal Baror, Armenoui Kasparian Sairadari, Thomas Nicolaou, Sara Sallam, Lena Séraphin & Andrea Meinin Bück, Theopisti Stylianou-­‐ Lambert, Andreas Papallas & Thomas Aquilina.

Opening: 19 October 2018, 20:00 at NiMAC 

Archaeology is a field of inquiry that directly deals with material culture and the study of objects/artefacts, primarily as a means of providing coherent ideas for the interpretation of the past. However, poststructuralist theories that sprung in the late 1970’s led to a still relevant widespread critical discussion about archaeology’s failings in fully understanding and   embracing   the   social   and   political   dimensions   of   objects,   their   multifaceted relationship to history and human societies, as well as the proliferation of competing narratives. The task of encouraging diverse viewpoints and comprehending the social role of objects seems to demand an interdisciplinary approach. The exhibition Ar[t]chaeology is the outcome of a collaborative project between eighteen local and international artists, curators and academics who have been exploring this exact complex relationship between archaeology  and  contemporary  photography  by  asking  whether  the  two  can  work synergistically for the interpretation of material culture. 

The artists involved in Ar[t]chaeology adopted archaeology in a Foucaultian way: as a methodological approach that understands discourse, classification and the archive as a dynamic set of relations. Inspired and drawing from the field of archaeological practices, artists in the exhibition work through excavation and fieldwork, the process of laboratory analysis and classification, and with archives to critically negotiate issues relevant to three main axes: (1) unpacking and deconstructing official narratives, processes of memorialization, personal accounts, and witnessing, as a way of re-­‐imagining history and the past [Victoria Ahrens; Peter Ainsworth, Charalambos Artemis & Alexandra Manglis, Nicolas Lambouris, Wiebke Leister and Adam O’Meara]; (2) tracing, collecting and appropriating fragments as a way of engaging with diverse temporalities, historical knowledge and discontinuity [Ze Barretta, Kyriaki Costa, Marina Kassianidou, Efi Savvides and Stephen Vaughan]; and (3) engaging with existing archives and constructing new ones as sites for excavation and critical analysis [Michal Baror, Armenoui Kasparian, Thomas Nicolaou, Sara Sallam, Lena Seraphin and Andrea Meinin Bück, Theopisti Stylianou-­‐ Lambert and Andreas Papallas & Thomas Aquilina].

Finally,  Ar[t]chaeology  offers  a  platform  for  further  discussion  on  how  artists’ archaeological engagements, fabrications, and visual solutions may produce an alternative interpretive framework for material culture and the past. More importantly, the works, individually and collectively, ask how art/archaeology could offer us with a new connection with the present that has social and political rationality, especially in relation to fluid notions of historicity, identity, memory and materiality in the world of global encounters and transcultural crossings – all equally relevant to both archaeology and photography.

Download an invitation here.


Friday 19 October 2018

20:00 Opening and guided tour with the curators (in English)

21:00 Opening Party at NiMAC’s courtyard

GUIDED TOURS IN GREEK (Reservation  required ) 

Wednesdays at 18:00

24 October 2018 and 7, 14, 21 November 2018

5 and 12 December 2018 and 9 January 2019


Tel: 22797400 (Mon-Fri 8:30‐14:30)


Tuesday‐Saturday 10:00‐21:00



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