Marios Constantinides, illustration
Theopisti Stylianou-Lambert, Photographer
If we could think of one building that best exemplifies the troubled history of Cyprus, that would be the Ledra Palace Hotel. Once praised as the jewel of Cypriot modernity in the heart of Nicosia, now a crumbling dwelling accommodating the United Nations Peacekeeping Force next to the “Green Line”. History and memory can be seen as constructions highlighting specific versions of reality and silencing others. We used the “loaded” space of Ledra Palace Hotel to replay augmented versions of moments in time that can be observed humorously, from a different perspective. The Ledra Palace becomes a stage were different actors perform their pre-described roles.
To create these collages and GIFs, we used photographs from the archives of two of the most important photojournalists who worked in the middle of the 20th century, Felix Yiaxis and George Vatiliotis. Their photographs can now be found in the photographic archive of the Public Information Office (PIO), Cyprus.