Phaneromenis 70 is an one-of-a-kind artist cumulative nestled within the Venetian walls of Nicosia‘s historic center. The whole island of Cyprus is split by a jagged horizontal line, with the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus on the top and the Republic of Cyprus on the bottom. The division is an authorities United Nations Buffer Zone, and it was closed to the civilian population until 2003.
Today, Cypriots and travelers alike can move between the north and south of Cyprus through a handful of designated checkpoints. Phaneromenis 70 is a five-minute walk from the Lidras Street checkpoint in the Greek Cypriot half of Nicosia. It’s simple to neglect this shop due to its understated indication and place amidst lots of dynamic coffee shops. Nevertheless, once you step inside you will discover a concealed abundance of imagination.
This shop, founded by Cypriot artist Kyriaki Costa, showcases products from local artists who work in ceramics, jewelry, printmaking, drawing, painting, and fabrics. Many of the art work displays a special combination of ancient archaeology (believe conventional Roman sculptures and Greek terra-cotta vases) with a smirkingly modern-day twist.
Additionally, Phaneromenis 70 publishes Providing Views, a serial cultural publication that reveals Nicosia through the eyes of foreign visitors. There have actually been 24 chapters of Providing Views therefore far, and every one features a different visitor, in addition to his/her unique take on Cypriot culture expressed in the mediums of photography and writing.