A portrait of a divided Nicosia.
The book Foxtrot Gate – Cyprus
is part of a series of publications about nations at war
, or in crisis; conceived by Giovanna Silva, they tell the stories of different countries through photographs of their multifaceted landscapes. In the case of Cyprus
, Silva has attempted to decipher Nicosia's recent past and contested present, their symbols and physical structures – along with related erasures, which are inscribed in the landscape of the divided capital itself, and in particular the so-called Buffer Zone (or Green Line) which cuts through the center of the old town of Nicosia, separating the city into southern and northern sections. “The two different views of Nicosia's past and future are evident in the contrasting physical structures which comprise each side of the Green Line,” writes Yannis Papadakis. “On the Turkish Cypriot side these are permanent walls, walls which create abrupt dead ends on roads that once continued; on the Greek Cypriot side, they are temporary constructions, made of sand-bags and barbed wire which can easily be removed. Both sides put forth fervent claims of independence and sovereignty […] The very fact of its division makes Nicosia a peculiar kind of place.” The publication includes a selection of essays by Yannis Papadakis, Konstantina Zanou, and Giorgos Charalambous, and a guide to the UN Buffer Zone.
Giovanna Silva lives and works in Milan. As a photographer
, she exposed at the Venice Biennale 2006 her work about the city of Bogotà, Colombia. She is the author of Desertions
, a chronicle of an american trip with designer Enzo Mari
. From 2005-2007 she contributed to Domus
and since september 2007 until september 2011 she was the Photo Editor of Abitare
. She photographed Renzo Piano and Zaha Hadid for the Abitare's special issues Being Renzo Piano
and Being Zaha Hadid
, 6 month experience of architecture in the making. In 2011 she published the book, Orantes
, ed. Quodlibet. In 2012 she published Narratives/Relazioni: Baghdad, Green Zone, Red Zone, Babylon
, Mousse Publishing
She is in the editorial board of San Rocco
Magazine. She is the editor of Humboldt Books
. She has a column on Doppiozero.