The International Association of Photography and Theory Press is proud to present its most recent publication by Theopisti Stylianou-Lambert and Nicolas Lambouris, titled Cyprus: Island of Aphrodite II, published in 2020. The publication departs from George Lanitis’ book, Cyprus: Island of Aphrodite [Νάσος τας Αφροδίτας], published in 1965, in Nicosia. Fifty-five years on, Cyprus: Island of Aphrodite manifests both as an artistic and historical artefact, a segment of a ‘curated’ archive of Cypriot imagery and it becomes a tactile and conceptual point of departure for the new publication. Cyprus: Island of Aphrodite II, meticulously reproduces the original book, only this time, ‘new’ photographs -photographs from Lanitis’ archive- are introduced and partially overlaid on top of the original pages in an attempt to renegotiate and adress the islands’ visual past and meaning, through the creative process of photographic selection, exclusion and erasure.
In the publications’ introductory text, sociologist Dr. Andreas Panayiotou mentions: The imposition of one picture on the other may shock the eye, and feel like a violation. The eye cannot see the older image in its totality. It can imagine it. But the artistic intervention is not only a negation. It is also a continuation. This is a book in which artists of the 21st century create a new paradox by adding archival photos, as if in a collage, to older, classical by now, “sacred” images.’
IAPT Press, established by the International Association of Photography and Theory in 2018 aims to contribute effectively and innovatively in the advancement and dissemination of contemporary photography and theory. IAPT Press welcomes projects that engage with a broad and diverse spectrum of photographic theory and debates, as well as artistic practices that use photography as a primary medium. Projects are handled indivitualy and are supervised by an experienced team of researchers/writers, artists and book-designers.