Farruh Safarzade.1

Ghost Town-VAROSHA

Eastern Mediterranean University (with the collaboration of Robert Morris University) Faculty of Communication Department of Visual Arts and Visual Design

November 1 – December 14, 2014

Location: Antrepo 7

Ghost Town VAROSHA

St. Tropez, Miami Beach, the Bahamas; imagine if the world’s most glamorous seaside resorts were abandoned overnight; the luxury hotels emptied of their guests and left to slowly decay, the boutiques, bars and nightclubs reclaimed by nature, sunbathers replaced by sea turtles nesting on the deserted beaches and the once vibrant holiday spirit silenced; nothing more than a whisper in the wind.

This is the story of Varosha, once regarded as one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations during the early 1970s, surrounded by turquoise blue waters and white sandy beaches; it was enjoyed by millionaires and movie stars such as Brigitte Bardot and Elizabeth Taylor, who were regular guests at the grand high rise hotels. Varosha was home to over 39,000 residents but today the holiday town is completely fenced off. PROJECT GOAL

Ghost Town is a story of forgotten, lost, abandoned, homeless objects and people which have been separated from their owners (deliberately or not) in the process of a journey. Artists may adopt a metaphoric approach, choosing, for example, to focus on a lost cause, a lost idea, an abandoned dream.

Works (Posters, Postcards, Motion Graphics and/or Experimental Videos) will represent an object which is loaded with memories, carrying within it the history of its origins, the story of a person or place. The idea of forgotten, abandoned, or lost etc. opens different avenues of interpretation all together.

The aim is not simply to apply graphics (printed or motion) to standard designs, but rather to integrate the object, message, and form into a conceptual visual communication design work.

We hereby would like to thank to Assoc.Prof.Dr. Helena VANHALA, the head of the Department of Media Arts – Robert Morris University, for their meritorious colaboration.