Photography and Cyprus: Time, Place and Identity

Photography and Cyprus: Time, Place and Identity


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Photography and Cyprus: Time, Place and Identity by Liz Wells

Formerly a British colony, the island of Cyprus is now a divided country, where histories of political and cultural conflicts, as well as competing identities, remain contested. Cyprus provides the ideal case study for this innovative exploration, extensively illustrated, of how the practice of photography in relation to its political, cultural and economic contexts both contributes and responds to the formation of identity. International contributors, representing diverse disciplines, draw from photography theory, art history, anthropology and sociology to explore how the island and its people have been represented photographically. They reveal how the different gazes - colonial, political, gendered and within art photography - contribute to the creation of individual and national identities and, by extension, to the creation and re-creation of imagery of Cyprus as place.

The questions this book asks and the themes and arguments it follows apply also to other places characterized by their colonial heritage. The intriguing example of Cyprus thus serves as a fitting test-ground for current debates relating to photography, place and identity.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781780766539
Publisher: I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited
Publication date: 03/27/2014
Series: International Library of Modern and Contemporary Art Series
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.32(w) x 9.54(h) x 0.92(d)

About the Author

Liz Wells is a distinguished writer, researcher, teacher and curator in photography. Her publications include Land Matters, Landscape Photography, Culture and Identity (I.B. Tauris, 2011) and she is Editor of The Photography Reader (2003) and Photography: A Critical Introduction (2009, 4th ed.). She is a Co-editor for the photographies journal and since 2010 she has collaborated on several projects with Cypriot curators. She is Professor in Photographic Culture at the Faculty of Arts, University of Plymouth, UK.

Theopisti Stylianou-Lambert is a photographer, visual sociologist and museologist. She is the Co-editor of Re-envisioning Cyprus. She is an Assistant Professor at the School of Fine and Applied Arts of the Cyprus University of Technology and the coordinator of the 'Visual Sociology and Museum Studies Lab'.

Nicos Philippou is a photographer, visual ethnographer and author of the books Off the Map and Coffee House Embellishments. He is a Co-editor of Re-envisioning Cyprus. He is currently lecturing at the Communications Department of the University of Nicosia, Cyprus.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. The Political Gaze: Memory, Politics and the Construction of National
3. Pride And Prejudice: Photography and Memory in Cyprus
4. 'Imagining Cyprus': Exhibitions of Cypriot Photography and their Reception in Greece, 1950-1980
5. Developing identities: the history of the Turkish Cypriot photographic subject
6. Beyond Nostalgia
7. The Colonial Gaze: Colonial Views, Postcolonial
8. John Thomson: Through Cyprus with a Camera, Between Beautifying and Bountiful Nature
9. The National Geographic and Half Oriental Cyprus
10. The Gendered Gaze: Framing Gender and Other
11. En-gendering Cypriots: from Colonial Images to Postcolonial Identities
12. Tourists' Photographic Conventions and the Rock of Aphrodite
13. The Photographic Pieta: A Model of Gender, Protest and Spatial - Temporal Dislocation in Modern Cyprus
14. The Art Gaze: Contemporary Art
15. Defying 'Cypriotness' in the work of Haris Epaminonda and Christodoulos Panayiotou
16. Tracey Emin's Photographs and Videos of Cyprus and Turkey
17. Walking Narratives
18. Index

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