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Connecting two edges of the Greek world

June – October 1996

In the summer of 1996, an exhibition of Cypriot artists was held at the Minos Beach art hotel. Its purpose was to make new conceptual connections between two iconic islands representing the south-eastern edges of the Greek world.

The works were created by eight distinguished Cypriot artists who have contributed greatly to the contemporary art scene. Using metal, copper, marble, canvas, wood as well as video art, they created an impressive juxtaposition of concepts and materials.

The Cypriot artists brought their own views of nature, people and contemporary art to the natural environment of Crete. Their works were characterised by the dynamism of contemporary Cypriot art and strongly reflected the experiences of their creators. Most of them made reference to the line dividing their troubled homeland, a scene that had marked their lives, and the lost innocence of their childhood years. One element that was very much in evidence was their Greek lineage.

Curated by: Takis Mavrotas

Location: Minos Beach art hotel, Agios Nikolaos, Crete

Duration: June – October 1996

Participating Artists: Christos Petridis, George Kypris, Klitsa Antoniou, Maria Loizidou, Nikos Charalampidis, Nikos Kouroussis, Theodoulos, Savvas Christodoulidis


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