Monumental Microhistories: Paradoxes in Cypriot commemorative art and their extensions

The below is a introduction to the why a t-shirt [insert image] is the most immediately complex art piece to come out of Cypriot politics, in the 21st century.

Coming out of a larger study of Cypriot memorial politics and the Cypriot art and peace economy, this presentation isolates a series of anecdotal paradoxes in the history of Cypriot commemoration. It handles monuments not only as powerful political media, but also in terms of their circularity as products of, and at the same time as generators of social consensus: a loop that both responds to political conflict, and is inherently conflicted.

(January 2016). “Monumental Microhistories: Paradoxes in Cypriot commemorative art and their extensions”, Iconoclastic Conferences Seminar, NeMe, Cyprus

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