Photobook by Theopisti Stylianou-Lambert
200 copies limited edition print, numbered, Pistou Books (artist’s imprint).
“Arte-facts” is a photography project that looks into the relationships of Cypriots with archaeology. The emphasis is on alternative narratives and omissions: the unacknowledged and unnamed Cypriot worker at archaeological excavations, the people behind copies of the statue of Aphrodite, and the role of photography in archaeological knowledge production. While, “original” Greek and Roman statues are often carefully archived, preserved and exhibited as museum objects on pedestals or behind glass cases both in Cyprus and abroad, real-size copies step down from their pedestals and live an everyday life. They become domestic objects, often exposed to various weather conditions and placed alongside plants and other everyday objects. I decided to focus on one iconic statue that is found in a variety of commercial products and official documents (ex. the Cypriot passport, currency, stamps, etc.) and one that it’s often reproduced and found in gardens: the statue of Aphrodite of Soli, a marble statue from the 1st century BC and currently on display at the Cyprus Museum.
A limited edition artist’s book (200 copies) is published in 2020. The book, apart from the photographs, includes short texts from the following academics, curators and artists: Dimitris Platzos (Professor of Classical Archaeology), Yiannis Hamilakis (Professor of Archaeology and Modern Greek Studies), Hercules Papaioannou (Curator of Photography), Polina Nikolaou (Historical-Cultural Geographer), Kyriaki Costa (Artist), Nicos Philippou (Photographer and Lecturer), Mette Sandbye (Professor of Photographic Studies), Elena Stylianou (Associate Professor in Art and Art Theory), and Eleana Yalouri (Associate Professor of Anthropology).