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Polish Delights on the Island of Cyprus

IS NOT GALERY hosts the "Polish Delights" exhibition in Nicosia, Cyrus. Photo courtesy of the gallery

If one was to dive deep into the chasm of history to uncover ties between Poland and Cyprus, it would prove to be a lengthy and an arduous task.

It was mid 1400s when the kingdom of Cyprus requested help from the Polish king in the form of a loan to subsidize their struggle against the Sultan of Mamluk. Unfortunately, due to the tumultuous quality of XIVth century, Poland was unable to assist. Let's fast forward to the year 2011. Currently holding the EU presidency, Poland will pass the baton to Denmark and then on to Cyprus in July of 2012.

In spirit of this event the IS NOT GALERY, located in the Cyprus' capital of Nicosia, hosts the "Polish Delights" exhibit featuring the works of the "Beautiful Polish Bikers" art collective. This is the fourth show organised by the group. The exhibition is spread across three days, between the 22nd and 24th of September. This very diverse and multitalented group presents their work in various styles of artistic media. Maja Sikorski, whose preference in the way of self expression is painting, presents her works "Stories, cases and fundamental error".  In the area of photography, attendees are able to view the pieces of Anna Citak and Magdalena Piekarz. The spotlight of their undertaking falls on bikers in "The Podilates" photographic project. Their aim is to spark interest and bring to the forefront the problems related to the cycling community of Cyprus.

Ewa Musialik's installation, a collage/film "Cracovia-Nicosia Nicosia-Cracovia", with photography by Patryk Jordanowicz and Piotr Pawlus, is a comparison of two cities thousands of kilometers apart.  Ewa becomes the link between the two, showing that even in places so different culturally and architecturally, one can find similarities. Using two separate screens onto which she'll project images from both Krakow and Nicosia, Ewa strives to bring them closer while finding analogies between the two.

Gabriel Obolewicz's "Symbols" exhibit is a project which interprets, through the use of multimedia and aluminum, the symbolic imagery related to the trilateral presidency over the EU. Gabriel's installation includes the animal symbols of the three nations.

"Macrospaces" is a project treading on the border of photography and architecture. Directed by Grzegorz Wilk, "Macrospaces" is a series of photomontages portraying "ex-objects" (garbage) against urban and nature backdrops. This odd perspective forces the viewer to ponder the questions of recycling and reasons for creating every day artifacts. 

Source: press release

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