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“1940 | People and Images. Cyprus - Greece”

The hidden faces of World War II and the participation of Cyprus and Greece, in an exhibition at the Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation

World War II has been the deadliest conflict in human history. Large - scale battles, immense damages and incalculable human losses. People died of starvation and others in Hitler’s concentration camps.

Behind all this there are people and images. Anonymous heroes who achieved great things. Every image is a story; every person is a struggle for survival and dignity.

The Greeks, as well as the Greek Cypriots who were under the British rule at the time, found themselves on the front line in the war battlefields and experienced unprecedented moments.

What they have been through in World War II is captured, for the very first time in Cyprus, in the exhibition “1940 | People and Images. Cyprus – Greece”, held at the Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation in collaboration with the Embassy of Greece, as well as under the support of the Ministry of Digital Policy, Telecommunications and Media of Greece and the British High Commission in Nicosia.

The exhibition collects and displays real facts of the War and pays tribute to the Greek and Greek Cypriot known and anonymous heroes of World War II.

The President of the Republic of Cyprus, Nikos Anastasiades, will inaugurate the exhibition, on Tuesday 9 April 2019, at 19:00, at the Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation in Faneromeni.

Secretary General of Media and Communication of Greece, Christos Simos, the Ambassador of Greece in Cyprus, Elias Fotopoulos, the High Commissioner of Great Britain in Cyprus, Stephen Lilly, and the President of the Board of Directors of the Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation, Symeon Matsis, will address the exhibition.

Featured in the context of the exhibition is Dimitis Vattis’ photography project “The War’s Forgotten” which deals with the Greek Cypriot veterans who joined the fight against the Nazis.

The exhibition is curated by Catherine Loui Nikita [Director of BPR Cultural Management], while the texts are written by Dr. Petros Papapolyviou, Historian, Associate Professor, University of Cyprus, and Stelios Kymionis, Historian.

The following entities support the exhibition by providing relevant material:

ERT Archives, Cyprus Police, Secretary General of Media and Communication, Department of Archives and Audiovisual Productions of the Greek Ministry of Digital Policy, Telecommunications and Media, Hellenic Army General Staff – Army History Department, Arsos Church Committee, Cyprus Theatre Organization, Church of Cyprus, Archbishop Makarios III Foundation, T. Kanthos Foundation, Phivos Stavrides Foundation, Central Committee and Political Bureau of AKEL, Centre of Visual Arts and Research (CVAR), Ezekias Papaioannou Museum of Historical Studies, Museums of the Pancyprian Gymnasium, Cultural Services of the Ministry of Education and Culture of Cyprus, Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation (CYBC), Arsos Development Association, Cyprus Veteran Association World War II, Leventis Municipal Museum of Nicosia, Pattichion Historical Archive and Limassol’s Studies Centre, Mitsero Cultural Centre - Damianos Foundation, Embassy of Israel, Ministry of Digital Policy, Telecommunications and Media of Greece, Alpha Fine Arts, Imperial War Museum, Sight and Sound Studio, Unitrust Media, and other private individuals.


Duration: 10/04/19 - 31/12/19

Visiting hours: Mon – Sun 10:00 - 19:00


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