Japanese photograph artist Usami Masahiro launches project in Cyprus

The Japanese artist Usami Masahiro will conduct a photographic research project, the results of which will be exhibited on 14-24 December 2017, at the Ibrahim Hann in Paphos, followed by an exhibition at the Home for Cooperation in Nicosia.

A press release issued on Thursday said that Usami has been invited by the Home for Cooperation through its collaboration with Pafos2017 European Capital of Culture and EU Japan Fest, to conduct the project.

Born in 1972 in Chiba, Japan, the artist has developed his personal work over the past 20 years through a series of photographic representations called “Manda-la”. Every one of Usami’s photographs requires a serious amount of groundwork through which the artist analyzes and produces the world of a main character, as they are placed centrally in the composition of his photograph. People, objects, situations surround the main character and compose a complex world that is ideologically associated with the Buddhist Mandala paintings.

For his research in Cyprus, the press release said, the artist has begun interviewing Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots about the cohabitation on the island before and after 1974. He is interested in portraying in his photographs the multiculturalism of people and their desire for a peaceful coexistence despite their differences, it added.

According to the press release, Usami chooses to focus on stories of people who talk about friendship and respect between Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots before 1974, and as a result express an optimistic message about the future of Cyprus.

Source: Cyprus News Agency