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(re)Constructing Nicosia’s Past and Present

Taken while conducting field research on the peace negotiations in Cyprus, Summer 2017. The mural, by local artist Farhad O’Neil, sits in an area undergoing renovation near the UN-patrolled “Green Line” vacated after the 1970s when the threat of conflict drove many Greek Cypriots out of the inner city. Titled “Constructing the Past,” it features the ubiquitous Venetian walls of Nicosia’s old city, the arrow-shaped gates interspersed with representations of the civilizations and peoples who have contributed to the architecture and culture. Both the Greek and the Ottoman heritages are represented and while the image features the dividing line, the central circle is undivided, signifying both a historical and future unity.
Submission Year: 
Photographer's affiliation: 
Graduate student
Academic areas: 
Arts and Science
Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs
Art of Research categories: 
Out in the field
A mural by Farhad O’Neil near the UN patrolled "Green Line"
PhD student/candidate
Faculty of Arts and Science
Department of Political Studies
School of Graduate Studies
Mobilizing Creativity and Enabling Cultures
Society, Culture and Human Behaviour
Securing Successful and Just Societies through Scholarship, Governance and Policy
Location of photograph: 
Thisseos St, Nicosia, Cyprus
Photographer's name: 
Samantha Twietmeyer
Display Photographers Affiltion + Faculty or Department: 
PhD Student, Political Studies