COASTLINE(S) WANING
all for a few extra sunbeds

COAST LINE(S) WANING: All for a few extra sunbeds stands as a poignant critique and commentary on the perilous environmental predicament surrounding the coastlines of Cyprus. This project unveils the profound repercussions of human greed, materialism and apathy towards the natural environment, particularly illuminating the nexus of political and economic interests that precipitate into the desolation of our coastal ecosystems.

At the heart of this campaign lies a paradoxical narrative that unfolds against the backdrop of recent years witnessing the so-called "reconstruction" of Cyprus's coastline. Driven by an insatiable quest for increased profits and tourism revenue, this transformation has witnessed the relentless leveling of sand dunes, removal of natural rock formations, and the wanton destruction of tall grasses, resulting in the irrevocable loss of natural habitats and the fundamental transformation of the island's pristine landscape. Iconic beaches, once revered for their untouched beauty, now bear the scars of a destructive trend, all in the pursuit of a few extra sunbeds and amenities, with an unconscionable toll on our environment.

Through COAST LINE(S) WANING, artists Nurtane Karagil and Korallia Stergides embark on a compelling and thought-provoking campaign, strategically designed to kindle awareness amongst both governing authorities, stakeholders and a seemingly indifferent public about the critical environmental challenges confronting the island's coastal areas. The campaign serves as a visual manifesto, urging individuals to transcend apathy and take concrete actions, fostering a resolute commitment to protect and preserve our environment. It aims for positive change, channeling its energy towards inspiring a profound sense of appreciation for the natural world and the irreplaceable resources it affords us.

Through art and activism, the artists aspire to cultivate a heightened consciousness that propels a paradigm shift towards sustainable practices and, in turn, nurtures a renewed symbiosis between humanity and nature.
Coast Lines Waning is implemented by Visual Voices in cooperation with the Allianz Foundation.

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Project Credits:

Nurtane Karagil: Artist

Korallia Stergides: Artist

Nicolas Karatzas: Photography & Video Production

Ozan Tezvaran: Graphic Design, Animations, Social Media Expert



Our Special Thanks go to:

Enalia Physis Environmental Research Centre, AKTI Project and Research Centre, and Cyprus Marine & Maritime Institute (CMMI) for their invaluable contributions through their collaborative engagement with workshops.



KORALLIA STERGIDES

Korallia Stergides (b.1993, Cyprus) An Interdisciplinary Artist, Graduated in BA Performance Design and Practice, Central Saint Martins (London, 2016) and MFA in Fine Art Media at The Slade School Of Art in (London, 2022) whereby she showcased her most recent installation Myam Mwam Meow Miaow Mam Ma (2022) a recipient of The Sarahbande Award and selected for The New Contemporaries 2023. Recent Performances include Deep Love Tours: Objects Of The Misanthropocene at The Octagon Gallery, UCL (2023), Deep Love Estates: SZN Gallery (2023) and Deep Love Tours: Lausanne, Les Urbaines Festival (2022). Recent projects include Take Me To The Water, Atlas Of Mediterranean Liquidity Commissioned by The Goethe Institut Zypern, (2023) and PIP, Institute of Postnatural Studies Madrid (2023) Upcoming shows include Group Exhibition The Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2023 at The Grundy Gallery, Blackpool and Camden Arts Center, London UK from January 18th - 31st of March 2024. Upcoming performances include Bud as part of the Live Programme for at Camden Arts Centre on February 3rd 2024.

Stergides explores the vital politics of care in an interdependent world, emphasizing nonhuman agencies. She works through various characters to “remythologize” autobiographical narratives; reimagining the intimacy of our interspecies relationships and home. Choreographic inquiries are framed through an interweaving of multiple mediums to construct an autofiction. The ways of participation in her work relate to the embodiment of care; by activating the body, the potential for a deeper understanding of care is opened.Korallia invites audiences to orientate spatial-material inversions, by hosting themselves in different bodies, exploring onomatopoeic parallels, shared gestures and abstracted notions of touch between animals-humans; monumentalizing our ephemerality and vulnerabilities.


NURTANE KARAGIL



In a place where “law and regulation" are contested terms, I feel that my well-being isn't doing so well. I used to believe that what I read in my 3rd-grade science book was known by every adult and that they lived by these obvious things. Well, apparently not. Growing up in an environment where everyday life is continuously challenged by a maze of borders, with constant threat of tension and occupation, becoming a political artist was not really a decision. The things I create are reactions to the situations I'm in. They speak about the spaces we live in, memories we hold on to and the absence of our rights. They emerge from the need for collective healing.

The location I've chosen for this residency is Trikomo - Yeni İskele, where my childhood home was situated. It is an area that is getting a lot of attention lately for issues related to selling land to foreigners en masse, money laundering and corruption. I consider myself fortunate to have collected memories of the area, filled with magnificent birds and wildflowers, despite facing challenges like having to report hunters in forbidden zones and witnessing the human traffic in the "nightclub" next to my door. Ironically, those times now appear to be our better days.

I recall from 20 years ago a scientist admiring a flower with a magnifying glass. Unfortunately, today, those same flowers are being destroyed, and this unfortunate reality is unfolding across every corner of the island. The coastal areas and the natural environment in Cyprus overall is subject to unprecedented destruction over the last two decades. While it is hard to say that the islanders had seamless ecological consciousness in the past, the scale of what’s happening today appears to be unstoppable and irreversible, lacking any provisional studies of risk or necessary infrastructure beneath the towering skyscrapers. Nowadays, the predominant scene is resembling a dystopic simulation of a Sim City game, a playground marked by a noticeable absence of care for or awareness of the complexity of life in general.

In the pursuit of rapid profit, seemingly flawless advertisements may portray pristine seas, yet they shield a harsh reality: Birds will avoid visiting the 19th-floor apartment balcony; bees won't pollinate the well-mowed green grass, and the water won't be sufficient for those swimming pools. Fish won't survive the pollution leaking into the sea. The behaviors and natural habitats of all species are undergoing alarming changes, and unfortunately, these crucial lessons are absent from our primary school education.

The series I've created serves as a portrayal of the unfolding reality, drawing from a collective memory rooted in ecological consciousness. It reflects on and frames the experiences of Cyprus' coastlines that we witness on a daily basis.







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