Anatomy of the Wallpaper undertakes to present a creative and a retrospective reconstruction of the island’s history, and specifically of its capital, Nicosia.

Due to Cyprus’s strategic location, the island has suffered throughout its history from invaders, conquerors and colonial powers, who all left their marks indelibly on the island, and predominantly on the form and the structure of its settlements. Nicosia constitutes a city of innumerable historical, social and cultural layers. It has been constructed in the same way as history, persistently by the ‘victors’, and according to the victor’s history. Those, who control the physical space, always control the cultural space.

The story of the city is presented in the form of an allegory. In such a literary device, there is an immense power to illustrate multifaceted ideas and concepts, in such ways, that are easily accessible and tangible to its viewers.

The Wallpaper constitutes an illustration over an immaterial and intangible element. With the passage of time, new physical layers are inserted on the Wallpaper, thus, from its earliest form, being immaterialized and intangible, it is transfigured afterwards, into a physical barrier. It encom-passes thickness, then is formatted into a Wall, and then into a Space. Part of the Wallpaper will be exposed at the exhibition space, in a one to one scale, in its crucial form, whilst it is decorticating, and allowing the viewer to reveal different stories of time.

Commissioner: Petros Dymiotis – Cultural Services of the Ministry of Education and Culture of the Republic of Cyprus
Curators: Michael Hadjistyllis, Stefanos Roimpas

Official Opening: June 5th, 7pm

  • Open:
    Saturday, 07 June 2014
  • Close:
    Sunday, 23 November 2014
  • Address:
    Palazzo Malipiero, (2nd Floor), San Marco 3198 (Campo San Samuele)
  • Mail:
  • Web:
    Anatomy of the Wall_Paper
  • Opening hour:
    10am – 6pm
  • Closing day:
  • Admission:
  • Transport:
    San Samuele stop
  • Photo credits:
    Michael Hadjistyllis, Stefanos Roimpas: Anatomy of the Wallpaper, 2014 / the Wallpaper

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