Exhibition by Toula Liasi dedicated to missing persons opens in The Hague

The exhibition Where have you been? by Toula Liasi, dedicated to the missing persons in Cyprus, was opened in The Hague on Saturday.

The exhibition was opened by Ambassador of the Republic of Cyprus to the Netherlands Elpidoforos Economou, who delivered a speech on behalf of Presidential Commissioner Photis Photiou, saying that with her latest project Toula manages to keep alive and remind us of an open wound of modern Cypriot history, but also she significantly contributes in raising awareness on this vital humanitarian issue.

Where have you been? is an art project inspired by the personal story of Toula Liasi, who has been living and working in The Hague for nearly four decades. Her only brother, who had been missing since the Turkish invasion of Cyprus in 1974, was found in a mass grave and identified through a DNA identification process in 2014. This overwhelming, emotional experience triggered a flood of ideas for this art project that addresses the issue of the missing persons in Cyprus. Three of Liasi’s earlier major art projects had already been dedicated to her enclaved compatriots, who have been a constant inspiration for her throughout the years.

The exhibition opened with a performance by the acclaimed Dutch trombonist JAlrgen van Rijen and a parallel screening of a video installation by Toula Liasi. A reception followed. The opening was attended by more than a hundred guests, among whom Ambassadors, members of the Corps Diplomatique, various artists and representatives of culture, and members of the Cypriot and Greek communities of the Netherlands.

The exhibition is supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Education and Culture of the Republic of Cyprus.

Source: Cyprus News Agency