Home for Cooperation is pleased to invite you to the Nicosia exhibition of “Manda-la in Cyprus” photography series by Masahiro Usami.
The exhibition, curated by Elia Neophytou, can be visited between 4-10 January 2018 at the Home for Cooperation, and is free of entrance. The opening of the exhibition will take place on 4 January at 18:00.
The name of the series – Manda-la – comes from the Buddhist religious symbol of the universe, Mandala. A main figure is set within the photograph in order to represent its detailed life and environment. All the photographs in the exhibition are created based on the interviews the artist conducted with Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots about their lives on the island before and after the division of the island. Usami chose to focus on stories of people who talk about friendship and respect between Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots before the division of the island who express an optimistic message about the future of Cyprus.
In Cyprus, because of the politicized nature of our history in our daily lives, we do not often get to hear the unfiltered personal stories. That was one of the reasons why we believed that Usami’s work should find its place in Cyprus to bring out the less visible and to present a different perspective of Cypriots, both to Europe and to us – Cypriots.
One of Usami’s most influential works in Japan was focused on the sense of hope concerning the future after much pain and suffering caused by the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima during World War II. Hiroshima is one of those tragic events that humanity should never forget. Nazım Hikmet writes “I am only seven though I died, In Hiroshima long ago, I am seven now as I was then, When children die they do not grow”. In his own country, Usami chose to focus on hope and peace, and now, with “Manda-la in Cyprus” he has chosen to depict the same.