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Illustrated catalogue essay for 'Layers of Visibility' exhibition publication at Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre, for Moore and Parker's collaborative essay film that investigates notions of home and (dis)placement in the divided island of Cyprus. pp. 79-90, and cover image. Political and social histories, the legacies of colonialism, occupation, and the Cold War, resonate culturally and also biographically for the artists as both had childhood links with Cyprus through fathers stationed there with the Royal Air Force. NiMAC, in Old Nicosia, is close to the Green Line, the demilitarized Buffer Zone still patrolled by the United Nations Peacekeeping Force that separates the Turkish-occupied northern section of the island from the Greek Cypriot south. Living and filming near the Buffer Zone became a quiet reflection on the uneasy stasis of the unresolved conflict which tore the island in two over forty years ago. In making sense of their collective past, the film-makers draw on their formative experiences of both being ‘RAF children’, uprooted from one country to another – patriarchal baggage moved by external forces.
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