The Wall of Allegories - Colinization and Intersectionality

The theme of 𝙓𝘼𝙍𝙆𝙄𝙎 𝘼𝙧𝙩 𝙍𝙚𝙨𝙞𝙙𝙚𝙣𝙘𝙮 2022 was colonisation and intersectionality. In our research, we gathered 2 stories along the categories of "colonization" and "cultural heritage" that we found fascinating in terms of Agros' history. The first is a story from 1959, when the ladies of two villages, Agros and Agridia, threw stones at British soldiers who came to the village. Cyprus became independent in 1960, but has remained divided ever since. On the cultural heritage line, Agros is famous for its rose cultivation. As well as being a powerful female symbol, the rose is also somewhat of a reference to the island's mythological past. Therefore, we have highlighted these symbolic objects in our works. Involving the locals, we started collecting more stories to develop them into the final creations through workshops and other collaborative work, which were finally on display during the Xarkis Festival in Agros. In our installation, we used only the rubbish found in the village site as raw material to illustrate the stories.

Project: Nelli Szabo / Patricia Harsany
Photo credit: Skevi Laou, Glauco Canalis, Nelli Szabo

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