Things the Tide Brings
The Sea Within, Limassol Municipal Arts Centre.
Curated by Catherine Louis Nikita and Sylia Panayiotidou.
October - November 2018
A series of photographs depicting a once lively sea shore now being permeated by ominous silence. During the months of winter hundreds of tons of dead seaweed are washed on the shore of Cyprus by tidal waves and subsequently left along the coastline for extensive periods of time. The seaweed slowly begins to pile up, gradually formulating mountains that start to increasingly appear as if suffocating the shore. Things the Tide Brings explores a rare sight that reflects what happens when human presence ceases to interfere through glimpses of Cypriot landscapes discarded or even completely obliviated in favor of images of immaculately clean, sunny and crowded seascapes after these have been cleaned in time for annual tourist season. The piles of seaweed are manually loaded on municipality trucks and disposed of in publicly undisclosed ways. The project explores parallel relationships between human emotion and natural phenomena pointing towards the mutual coordinates between desolate landscape and human alienation, where the suddenly unknown, foreign landscape appears as a hostile threat and piles of seaweed allude to visual allegories of emotional overwhelm manifesting in various physical forms.