SCARS of ART – Cyprus
Documentary about artistic process in areas of conflict.
‘If the world were clear, art would not exist.’
Movie • 1 hr 5 min • Documentary
Completed Jul 2017
Two years of pre-production, a month of shooting, 12 artists interviewed.
Scars of Art is the result of a long process started in 2014: during a trip on the island of Cyprus Andrea Palamara and Veronica Wolff met Efthymios Symeou, a contemporary artist specialized in ceramics, living in Larnaka.
During that meeting they became friends and Efthymios began a story that would last until autumn 2016.
Despite our questions about his artistic work, his answers always went back to the history of Cyprus and the conflict that still divides the island into half between the Greek and Turkish part.
During that meeting we understood the indissoluble link that binds each artist to his own history, especially when it is marked by traumatic events such as war.
Hence the decision to invest resources in research and analysis of the relationship between war and contemporary art, intuition driven by the feeling that art can also be read as the elaboration of a collective trauma.
The power of the artistic gesture, often mistakenly considered to be a simple individual act, is the synthesis of a life that embraces the society as a whole and the artist is its expression.
What impact did an event such as a civil war or a military invasion have on the artist? What scars left in their imagination? How do they translate these scars into their artistic gesture, maybe twenty years after the violence?
Such an important and engaging question deserved a documentary
13/01/2018 Our movie is ready to meet the audience! First screening in Kalamáta, Greece during the Διεθνές Φεστιβάλ Ντοκιμαντέρ Πελοποννήσου the 4th February, we’re so excited to show our work among many other international documentaries from all around the world! http://www.peloponnisosdocfestival.com/2017/12/24/sunday-february-4rh/
07/02/2018 We’re back home, but we feel the need to thank the wonderful Διεθνές Φεστιβάλ Ντοκιμαντέρ Πελοποννήσου Peloponnisos Doc Festival for the heartwarming welcome they gave to us and to our documentary SCARS of ART – Cyprus. Thank you for all we’ve learned this week and keep up the good work!