The ‘Journey’, International Summer School

Today we talked at the International Summer School, the ‘Journey’, organised by Cyprus University of Technology with Climate-KIC about how to handle the challenges caused by ecological treats, climate changes and war/conflict in specific areas. We shared our experiences from the Famagusta Ecocity Project with those international postgraduates and young professionals to inspire them to tackle these grand scale problems. We would like to thank Dr. Stelios Yiatros for inviting us.

International Summer School, the ‘Journey’, organised by The Cyprus University of Technology with Climate-KIC

 

International Summer School, the ‘Journey’, organised by The Cyprus University of Technology with Climate-KIC

International Summer School, the ‘Journey’, organised by The Cyprus University of Technology with Climate-KIC

International Summer School, the ‘Journey’, organised by The Cyprus University of Technology with Climate-KIC

International Summer School, the ‘Journey’, organised by The Cyprus University of Technology with Climate-KIC

International Summer School, the ‘Journey’, organised by The Cyprus University of Technology with Climate-KIC

International Summer School, the ‘Journey’, organised by The Cyprus University of Technology with Climate-KIC

What is  Climate-KIC?

“The Largest EU public-private initative to tackle the consequences of Climate change  KIC stands for Knowledge Innovattion Community and is effectively a Europe-wide network comprising universities, corporates, SMEs and startups aiming to tackle the hardest challenge of all: mitigate or adapt to the consequences of Climate Change through education, innovation and entrepreneurship.

Climate-KIC focuses on 4 (some-mes overlapping) themes: Urban Transi-ons (UT), Sustainable Land Use (SLU), Sustainable Produc-on Systems (SPS) and Decision Metrics & Finance (DMF).

Climate-KIC runs educa-onal ac-vi-es such for postgraduates and young professionals like the Journey as well as short masterclasses and week long courses for members of its community and other local and regional stakeholders. It also runs innovation programmes for R&D projects of different readiness levels to market (e.g. demonstrator, accelerator and scaler programmes) and idea-on and accelera-on programmes for green startups, such as ClimateLaunchpad which has been organised in Cyprus by Chrysalis LEAP.” »Source

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»More about the Journey summer school

Stories for Peace

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Amelia and Me at Walledcity Famagusta

We shared two ‘peace’ stories with the editor in chief of www.coastalseekers.com Amelia and her partner Josh. This inspiring couple created an online platform for travel video/ bloggers to share their stories. There are many ways for peace making; art, architecture, storytelling, permaculture, economy and many more. Our first story came from art in which my father talked all about the “Risky Travels”.  Second story followed as “The Famagusta Ecocity Project” which displays great potential for a peaceful co-existence. Thanks to Amelia and Josh for making us part of their stories in Cyprus.

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Me, Munise and Amelia, hanging out in Famagusta

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Josh and Amelia, interview with Baki Bogac

Interview for EL PAÍS Newspaper

We may not be close to find a permenant solution to the Cyprus problem yet. However we need to learn to cooperate together in order to provide a sustainable future to our children. No matter what, we will keep on sharing our common vision for an integrated, peaceful and ecological city and a better life for all! Thanks to María Hervás from the Spanish leading newspaper EL PAÍS for making us part of their review on Cyprus.

Not a heroic story but a humanitarian act

“All kind of art is politics” Baki Boğaç

During his entire life, my father always said whatever he wanted trough his art. To him, making sculptures is building life again and again with the products molded with philosophy. His main philosophy always circled around love, balance and peace.

‘Risky Travels’ displays the unusual story of how  an artist (Turkish Cypriot architect and sculptor, Baki Bogac) found, saved and finally returned the works of a Greek Cypriot artist, Andy Adamos, who had left them behind in Famagusta after 1974. This a tale of not a heroic but a humanitarian act that he wanted to tell through his sculptures for so many years.

“My sculptures are like my flesh and bones…” Baki Boğaç

Discovered and saved sculptures, paintings, photos and other objects which Andy  left behind in his studio in Famagusta, were delivered back to his family in Paphos after two decades.  After Baki confided his story to the American Council’s Director, and during an art exhibition titled “Brushstrokes Across Cultures”, he asked for her help to deliver this collection to its rightful owner. The delivery took place in 1993, three years after Adamos’ death.

Even today when he talks about the first time he was Adamo’s studio abandoned, vandalised and upside down, he trembles. What if this would happen to him? How would we feel…

“The most humanitarian thing for a person to do is art.” Baki Boğaç

The exhibition is curated by Sergis Hadjiadamos and Yiannis Sakellis and  opened by the Greek Cypriot Leader Nikos Anastasiades on 5 May (2017) (that is the birthday of Baki) in the context of the European Capital of Culture Pafos 2017, at the old electrical authority building, Palia Ilektriki, in Pafos.

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Place: Palia IlektrikiDuration: 5th of May 2017 – 4 of June 2017, 16:00 – 19:00

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Baki Boğaç at the exhibition place

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I was so honored to help my father to deliver his peace message to Greek Cypriot leader Nikos Anastasiades and other participants in English

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Sergis Hadjiadamos (co-cruator), Nikos Anastasiades, Sezin and Baki Boğaç

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Me and Münise at the exhibition hall (with my balance sculpture- private collection)

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Adamos and Boğaç families together

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Celebrating Baki’s 66th birthday together

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European Capital of Culture 2017: Paphos

Exhibition

Production Coordinator – Curator: Sergis Hadjiadamos (Visual Artist)

Production Coordinator – Curator: Yiannis Sakellis (Visual Artist)

Assistant Coordinator: Dr. Ceren Bogac (Architect & Environmental Psychologist) Printing of woodcuts and etchings: Kimonos Art Center

Video: Charalambos Margarites

Poster Design: S.H. Instant Ad Ltd Invitation

Design: S.H. Instant Ad Ltd

Media coverages regarding to the exhibition

»Paphos 2017

» Parathyron (Greek)

»Cyprus Mail

»Euroviews

»Hey Event

»Cyprus Events

» Yenidüzen (Türkçe)

» Voice of the Island (Greek)

» Voice of the Island (Türkçe)

» The Cyprus Weekly 

Cyprus: The Trapped Treasures of a Divided Island

»Source: Euronews

euronews“Good morning everybody, welcome to this amazing walking and talking tour of the wonderful city of Famagusta,” says archaeologist and art historian guide Anna Marangou. As always, she and her fellow guide Orhan have words in Greek and Turkish to welcome their party.

Their bi-communal efforts was one of the examples recognized by the Stelios Foundation bi-communal initiative rewards.

Anna is Greek Cypriot, and co-guide Orhan is Turkish Cypriot. Together they take their fellow islanders around discovering Cyprus’s rich cultural heritage. The island has been divided since 1974, with Greek Cypriots in the south and Turkish Cypriots in the north.

Today they are taking a group of Greek Cypriots around the medieval city of Famagusta, in the north. It was once Cyprus’s biggest port, and a shared past is everywhere.

“We shared this cultural heritage from the very ancient times until today. We can live together and we have proved it, because the Greek and Turkish Cypriots have been working together,” says Anna.

Common prosperity is one of the driving hopes of those who strive for reunification.
Many sectors could benefit, not the least tourism.
But it is not what motivates Anna and Orhan the most.

“We are doing it, not for benefits, not to earn money, but to earn our future, and to make a good country for our future for our children and grand-children,” says Orhan Tolun.

The visit ends at one of the conflict’s most symbolic sites, Varosha, the former beachside district of Famagusta.

Under the watchful eye of the Turkish army the area has been abandoned since its Greek Cypriot inhabitants fled over 40 years ago.

“Filming is not allowed in the ghost town of Varosha, the symbol of divided Cyprus,” reports euronews’ Valerie Gauriat. “But if reunification took place, it could become a symbol of a new golden age for the island.”

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Andreas and Ceren want to believe that.
He is Greek Cypriot, she is Turkish Cypriot. Both are architects, and are part of an ambitious reconstruction project. They imagine Famagusta as an eco-city, a possible model for sustainable development and also the flagship of reunification.

“It can become a hub of civilisations and commerce, with a Levantine coastline across. It can aim to sustain the existing buildings, preserving memories, and at the same time benefit from 21st century infrastructure and practices regarding ecological performance,” says Andreas Lordos.

For his Turkish Cypriot colleague, the project could be a model of reconciliation.

“I think this project is giving voice to many trapped souls. And we’re trying to pull them from behind this unreal curtain.These people once lived in here, and they want to live again. And half of their soul is there. And half of our soul is also empty. Because we cannot get integrated,” she says.

The Cypriot business world also strive for an integration which could boost the economy as a whole.
The president of the Turkish Cypriot Chamber of Commerce north of Nicosia, believes a political solution would produce a great leap forward .

“The Turkish Cypriot community will be freed of sanctions. And we will be able to benefit from the entire Cypriot market. Not to mention other European markets.

The geopolitics in the eastern Mediterranean will benefit hugely, because it will enhance regional cooperation. The Greek Cypriot community will immediately enjoy the economic benefits of being able to trade with Turkey,” says Fikri Toros.

Meanwhile, “You still need to go through checkpoints to get from one side of the island to the other. Trade is limited by the so-called green line regulations and, in the absence of a political solution, represents less than 10% of the potential commerce,” says Valérie Gauriat.

Some companies have been able to maintain an enduring cross-border dialogue, and are merely waiting for the restrictions to be lifted says the president of the Cypriot Republic’s Chamber of Commerce in southern Nicosia.
So are foreign investors.

“The business communities are already talking to each other, about possible partnerships, joint ventures, or cooperation. Talking to investors, I believe that there will be a renewed interest for large projects. Let’s not forget that Cyprus is on the route of transporting to Europe natural gas, a lot of which has been discovered in the eastern Mediterranean basin.” says Phidias K. Pilides.

Sharing the vision for an integrated, environmentally and economically sustainable Famagusta

It has never been easy to put 40 years of division into words… It is even harder to picture the socio-psychological, environmental and economic problems occurred by this division. We would like to thank Valerie Gauriat from Euronews and Crewhouse to give us chance to discuss about our vision for an integrated, environmentally and economically sustainable city that could easily be a model for peace in Cyprus. The bicommunal Famagusta Ecocity Project has become an umbrella concept that was embraced by extensive number of  bi-communal work groups for a sustainable and peaceful coexistence in the island.

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The Crewhouse, Andreas Lords, me and  Valerie Gauriat

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Photo by Zoe Lordos

 

‘Risky Travels’ Exhibition 2017

13179051_1091948427542584_5907603004612964482_nIn August of 1974, artist from Paphos, Andy Adamos, abandons his art studio in Famagusta, with all the body of his art works in it. Many years later, a Turkish Cypriot architect and artist Baki Boğaç  discovered Andy Adamos’ studio, and decided to safe keep the artworks, and to return them to their rightful owner when he would have the chance to.

In 1993, three years after Andy Adamos passed away, Baki Boğaç succeeds in contacting Adamos’ family, and delivers the salvaged body of work, their existence that was unknown for two decades.

In 5th of May 2017, and for a whole month, at the Old Powerhouse in Pafos, 41 years after, the ‘lost’ works of Adamos will be presented for the first time to the public, within the context of the Risky Travels Exhibition. The exhibition will also contain a selection of sculptures from Baki Boğaç,  so that the two artists, their paths that were so paradoxically crossed, can finally unite through their work and their art.

The exhibition is organised by Sergis Adamos 

with the coordination of Adamos and Boğaç families.

 

Two artists could not met in person… Yet their art works will unite together in Paphos 2017