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UNCOVERED – discovery, memory and amnesia

Nicosia Airport

A monument to a failed modernism, the airport embodies a history that is written only to be erased and re-written all over again.

Lying abandoned inside the buffer zone since July 1974, off limits for the local population, the Nicosia Airport represents a spatial order generated by 36 years of UN control [1]. The airport is a riddle nested within paradoxical questions of protection – Protected. Unprotected. Covered. Uncovered. Protected for whom? Protected from whom? – It is a spatial lapse, an episode of total invisibility. The Nicosia airport once served as the central port of entry and departure from the country. Now empty and protected from view, its former importance exists only in the islanders’ childhood memories. The novelty of its architecture, with its much-hailed new terminal, has acquired a rich patina of forgetting.

UNCOVERED – Nicosia International Airport
An experiment exploring symbolically a space, frozen in time, indicates and exposes the operational and organizational logics of control that have evolved on the island over the past decades. One can even see it as an attempt to understand the ways protocols can be customized and complex systems can be manipulated by control mechanisms.


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This entry was posted on June 14, 2012 by in Belonging and tagged , , , , .

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