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It is our pleasure, on behalf of NeMe, to invite and welcome you to Through the Roadblocks exhibition at Evagoras Lanitis Centre and Through the Roadblocks: realities in raw motion conference at Pefkios Georgiades Amphitheatre, Cyprus University of Technology, both in Limassol.

The exhibition is curated by Helene Black & Antonis Danos and is coorganised by NeMe, The Lanits Foundation and the Cyprus Ministry of Education and Culture. The exhibition is under the auspices of the Cyprus Presidency of the Council of the EU.

The conference is co-organised by NeMe, the Department of Multimedia and Graphic Arts (Art History and Theory Research Lab) of the Cyprus University of Technology, and the Cyprus Ministry of Education and Culture.

Programme for Saturday, 24 November 2012

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11.00 - 13.30
Through the Roadblocks
Moderator: Antonis Danos
Introduction Antonis Danos CY Pefkios Georgiades Amphitheatre, Cyprus University of Technology, Limassol
European Roadblocks: are the Nazis living on the Moon? Srećko Horvat HR
The unavoidable but censored wisdom of the border experience Andreas Panayiotou CY
Everyone knows this in nowhere... Nesrine Khodr LB, Mayssa Fattouh LB/QA
The reproduction of space in a neoliberal divided city Nicos Trimikliniotis CY
15.00 - 17.30
Memory: through illusion, shadow and the future
Moderator: Nikolas Defteras
Ghosts of Future Pasts: Iraqi Culture in a State of Suspension Nada Shabout IQ/US Pefkios Georgiades Amphitheatre, Cyprus University of Technology, Limassol
Ties of the Transitory Susanne Weiß DE, Lena Ziese DE
Famagusta/Varosha: Damnatio Memoriae Boris Bakal HR, Katarina Pejović SI/HR
All the Other Lovers Lara Khaldi PS, Yazan Khalili PS
20.00
Through the Roadblocks
Exhibition Opening Evagoras Lanitis Centre, Limassol
Parallel Event: All the Other Lovers Berengaria Room, Evagoras Lanitis Centre, Limassol

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Exhibition Participants

Lanfranco Aceti (IT//UK/TR), Ali Akay (TR), George Alexander (AU), Klitsa Antoniou (CY), Mirene Arsanios (LB), Helene Black (CY), Bernd Bräunlich (DE), Çağlar Çetin (TR), Dimitris Charitos (GR), Yiannis Christides (GR/CY), Marianna Christofides (CY/DE), Antonis Danos (CY), Yiannos Economou (CY), Phillip George (AU), Jean-Pierre Hébert (FR/US), George Katodrytis (CY/AE), Tahl Kaminer (IL/UK), Nesrine Khodr (LB), Gabriel Koureas (CY/UK), Coti K (GR), Peter Lyssiotis (AU), Seza Paker (TR/FR), Guli Silberstein (IL/UK), Sharmeen Syed (PK/AE), Nicos Synnos (CY), Yannis Yapanis (CY), Iannis Zannos (GR)


Speakers’ Bios

Dr Antonis Danos is Assistant Professor in Art History and Theory, in the Department of Multimedia and Graphic Arts at the Cyprus University of Technology. His research interests include theories of nationalism and post-colonialism, the ideological and aesthetic construction of collective identities, Modern Greek and contemporary Cypriot art, art criticism and historiography, and issues of gender and sexuality in art. He has published on Modern Greek and contemporary Cypriot art and culture, in journals (Journal of Modern Greek Studies, Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide, Kunapipi: Journal of Postcolonial Writing), a two-volume book (Cypriot Artists: the second generation, 2010), articles in edited volumes, as well as texts in several Cypriot artists’ monographs. He has curated, and edited the catalogues of exhibitions on modern and contemporary Cypriot art, in Cyprus, Greece, the UK and Turkey. He collaborated with film director Yannis Yapanis, for the creation of the documentary Christoforos Savva 1924-1968 (2011). He is the founder and coordinator of the Art History and Theory Research Lab, at CUT


Srećko Horvat, Croatian philosopher and activist. He published seven books, including, Against Political Correctness, Totalitarianism Today, The Discourse of Terrorism, and various articles published in Monthly Review, Le Monde Diplomatique, Eurozine, and translated into German, French, Hungarian and Polish. He translated several books from German and English into Croatian, among which are the works of Slavoj Žižek, Norbert Elias, Frank Furedi, Peter Sloterdijk and others. He is the director of the Subversive Forum, an annual conference and activist meeting held traditionally in May in Zagreb, gathering renowned personalities such as Zygmunt Bauman, David Harvey, Terry Eagleton, Slavoj Žižek, Tariq Ali, Saskia Sassen, Gayatri Spivak, Samir Amin and others, serving as a network and platform for progressive movements and organisations from Eastern and Western Europe.


Dr Andreas Panayiotou was born in 1960. He teaches social science, communication, and cultural studies courses at the Frederick University Cyprus. He has worked and written on social history and the processes of identity formation in the experience of Cypriot modernity. His broader interests include the effort to decipher patterns and dialectical formations in the interaction between the dynamics of the dominant cultural and political structures in the world system, with social movements and other forms of resistance.

His recent works in English are representative of this dual emphasis: “Hegemony, Permissible Public Discourse, and Lower Class Political Culture”. In Cyprus and the Politics of Memory, ed. by R. Bryant and Y. Papadakis. 2012. I.B Tauris. “Border dialectics: Cypriot social and historical movements in a world systemic context”. In Beyond a Divided Cyprus: A State and Society Transformation, ed. By N. Trimikliniotis and U. Bozkurt. 2012. Forthcoming in Palgrave MacMillan


Nesrine Khodr is a visual artist, filmmaker, and television producer who lives and works in Beirut. She has read History at the American University of Beirut, and received an MSc in Europen Film Studies at the University of Edinburgh. In 2003 and 2004, she was an artist in residence at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam, and in Dec 2010/Jan 2011 she took part in the research/residency program at Tokyo Wonder Site. She has directed various short films and documentaries from 1998 to the present including “Winter Wind” (2011), “Enclosures” (2004), “Aiin al Hamra” (2000), “Of Seduction” – in collaboration with Ghassan Salhab (1998), and installations including, “Suspended still life” (2006) and “Twelve untitled scenes of disaster” (2008).


Mayssa Fattouh is a curator currently based in Doha where she is the artistic director and curator of Katara Art Centre, an artist-led platform for contemporary art and the creative industries emerging from the Gulf and the Middle East. She has been invited as an independent curator to develop projects, exhibitions and collections in the Middle East, namely in Beirut (“Counting Thoughts, Beirut Waterfront” – Private collection) and in Bahrain while working at Al Riwaq Art Space – formerly known as Al Riwaq Gallery (“The Ultimate Experience”, “Transformation of Memories”, “A Beautiful Mess”). She participated in juries, talks and conferences mainly around independent and grass root platforms, artists residencies and the critique of the ideology of institutions. Her writings have appeared in platforms and magazines such as Fillip, Art Territories, Universes in Universe, M-est, Ibraaz, Canvas Magazine. Fattouh obtained her BA in Fine Arts from the Lebanese University in Beirut and is currently a candidate for Masters of Arts in Communication at the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee, Switzerland.


Dr Nicos Trimikliniotis is an interdisciplinary scholar; he is Associate Professor of Law and Sociology, University of Nicosia and Senior Research Consultant, PRIO Cyprus Centre. He has researched on ethnic conflict and reconciliation, constitutional and state theory, class, socialism, integration, citizenship, education, migration, racism, free movement of workers, discrimination and Labour Law. His work include: Beyond a Divided Cyprus: A State and Society in Transformation, Palgrave MacMillan, 2012 (with Umut Bozkurt); Gauging the Global Cycles of Deviance (with Ari Sitas, Sumangala Damodaran and Wiebke Keim, forthcoming); Contested Integration, Migration and Societal Transformation (University of Nicosia Press, 2012); The Nation-State Dialectic and the State of Exception (Greek) (Savalas, Athens, 2010); Rethinking the Free Movement of Workers: The European Challenges Ahead, co-edited with Paul Minderhoud (Wolf, Nijmegen, 2009); Racism, Migration and Trade Unions in a post-tourist society: a New Paradigm for Cyprus (Greek, forthcoming).


Dr Nada Shabout is Associate Professor of Art History and the Director of the Contemporary Arab and Muslim Studies Institute (CAMCSI) at the University of North Texas, USA. She is a former member of the Board of Governors of the Cultural Development Centre of the Qatar Foundation, Head of Research and advisor at Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art in Doha. She was the senior curator for the inaugural exhibition Sajjil: A Century of Modern Art, as well as curator of Interventions: A dialogue between the Modern and the Contemporary. She is the author of Modern Arab Art: Formation of Arab Aesthetics, University of Florida Press, 2007; co-editor of New Vision: Arab Art in the 21st Century, Thames & Hudson, 2009; and the founding president of the Association for Modern and Contemporary Art from the Arab World, Iran and Turkey (AMCA). She co- curated Modernism and Iraq at the Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University, 2009, and curated the travelling exhibition, Dafatir: Contemporary Iraqi Book Art, 2005-2009. She has published widely on modern and contemporary Iraqi art, and on the relationship of identity and visual representations. She is the founder and project director of the Modern ArtIraq Archive (MAIA), which documents and digitises modern Iraqi heritage. Her awards include: TAARII fellow 2006, 2007; MIT visiting Assistant Professor, spring 2008, and Fulbright Senior Scholar Program, 2008 Lecture/Research fellowship to Jordan. She is a member of the editorial committee of MERIP and member of the International Editorial Advisory Board for the Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism (REM).


Susanne Weiß is director of Heidelberger Kunstverein since January 2012. From 2007-2008 she was artistic director of the Kunsthaus Dresden, Municipal Gallery for Contemporary Art. She studied museum studies in Berlin from 1997-2003. Before and during this time, she worked in the field of exhibition organisation, as an independent curator and art mediator in various places, but mainly in Berlin and Dresden. She worked as Robert Bosch Cultural Manager with the Sharjah Museums Department from 2009 to 2010. In 2006 she was working on the Felix Gonzalez-Torres retrospective at the Hamburger Bahnhof, Museum of Contemporary Art, Berlin with the RealismusStudio, NGBK Berlin. Since then she is an active member of RealismusStudio. Her curatorial approach is driven by the idea of communicating sociopolitical topics through art and additional forms of content. This led to various projects where the art mediation played an important role within the exhibition itself.


Lena Ziese is an artist and independent curator. She is the founder of the exhibition space JET in Berlin, which she ran from 2005 to 2009. As Junior-Professor for “Freie Kunst, Gestaltung und deren Vermittlung” (Art, Design and Transfer of Knowledge) at Bauhaus-University Weimar 2010-2012 she considered different approaches on how to show and tell artistic practices. Being involved in diverse forms of bodywork, she recently also integrates performative strategies into her artistic and curatorial practice. From October 2012 onwards she will be Professor at Hochschule für bildende Künste (HfbK), the University of Fine Arts of Hamburg. Lena Ziese lives in Berlin.


Katarina Pejovic is dramaturg, intermedia artist, writer, pedagogue, cultural activist and translator. Her works were presented and produced by production houses and cultural institutions and featured at numerous international festivals in over 20 countries. She has co-ordinated numerous platforms, conferences and initiatives, and she has had her articles and essays published in publications and books in 7 languages. Together with Boris Bakal she is co-founder (2002) and co-author of the projects of Shadow Casters, the artistic platform that won numerous awards, including two Special Jury Awards at Belgrade’s BITEF in 2007 and 2009, and the Avaz Dragon at the Sarajevo MESS in 2008. She is recipient of the 2009 Desmond Tutu Fellowship Award awarded by Global Reconciliation Organisation.


Boris Bakal is theatre/film director and actor, intermedia artist, curator, writer, activist and macrobiotic cook born in Zagreb, SFRJ (now Republic of Croatia). Throughout thirty years of his versatile career, he authored theatre and film projects, multimedia performances, urban-human networks, educational projects, workshops, lectures, conferences, urban performances, installations and exhibitions which have been presented at festivals, exhibitions and manifestations in over 30 countries in the world (including Bologna Cultural Capital of Europe 2000, Steirischer Herbst, Bollwerk Beluard International, Eurokaz, BITEF, INTERFERENCES, THEALTER, Stagione di Caccia, MESS and Global Reconciliation Summit).

Boris Bakal was visiting scholar/researcher/lecturer at New York University (1998), Stony Brook University (1999), SACI Studio Art Centres International (Florence, 2000), and Columbia University (New York, 2003). He is co-founder of several artistic and activist platforms and associations, e.g. Flying University, Orchestra Stolpnik, Croatian Antiwar Campaign and Theatre of Obvious Phenomena. He co-founded and co-authored the projects of Bacači Sjenki/Shadow Casters (since 2002), an artistic platform that won numerous awards and prizes for its work.


Lara Khaldi (born in the year of Israeli invasion of Beirut and Palestinian exodus from Lebanon) and Yazan Khalili (born in a year where oddly nothing happens in the Palestinian history of failure except that his father registered him a couple of days before his actual birthdate so that it coincides with the anniversary of the Libyan revolution) they usually exchange e-mails if an unfinished thought comes to mind, or one of them is having a difficult day, or perhaps sitting in a cold chair in some airport feeling lonely and jet lagged… They do not necessarily watch films together, but like the same ones, they usually also share the same palette for both food and art and, according to facebook, they have 267 mutual friends. They curated two video programs with Arab shorts, at the Goethe Institute in Cairo, in 2009 and 2011.


Sponsors

  • Main Sponsor: Cyprus Ministry of Education and Culture
  • Sponsors: Cyprus University of Technology, Department of Audio and Visual Arts; Ionian University, Kerkyra; Embassy of Germany in Cyprus; Embassy of Israel in Cyprus; Australia Council of the Arts; Limassol Municipality; Roberto Cimetta fund; IFA
  • Support: NDLINE, Petousis, The Copy Shop
  • Hospitality: Kanika Pantheon Hotel; AlfaMega
  • Media Sponsor: parathyro.com, Politis Newspaper
  • Special Thanks: Koula Sophianou, Frances Lanitou, Theophilos Tramboulis, Angeliki Gazi, Natalie Demetriou, Christiana Solomou, Maria Hadjiathanasiou, Christos Christou, Alexis Andreou, Maria Lianou, Ioanna Lyssiotis, Jeremy Sarchet, Yiannis Demetriou, Marios Theophilides, Evis Michaelides, Demetra Ignatiou and the students of the Media and Communications department of the Cyprus University of Technology for their online promotion
 
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