Being an Islander: Art and Identity of the large Mediterranean Islands

Being an Islander: Art and Identity of the large Mediterranean Islands, is a three-year research and exhibition project (coming to the Fitzwilliam Museum in September 2021); aiming to elucidate what defines island identity in the Mediterranean.  As a project it explores how insularity affects and shapes cultural identity, art production and material culture, using the examples of Cyprus, Crete and Sardinia diachronically.  It is run by the Fitzwilliam Museum, with the collaboration of the McDonald Institute and the Centre for Visual Culture, Cambridge, as well as numerous international research collaborators. As a project, it sits on the intersection of Art and Archaeology; includes art interventions by young contemporary artists; confronts several current debates in Material Culture studies and Mediterranean Archaeology alike (e.g. the issue of regionalism in ancient Art); and finally explores the notion of islands as places that encourage creativity.[1]

  The project is generously supported by the A.G. Leventis Foundation, the Cyprus High Commission and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)



Press release:

[1] «Rêver des îles, avec angoisse ou joie peu importe, c’est rêver qu’on se sépare, qu’on est déjà séparé, loin des continents, qu’on est seul et perdu – ou bien, c’est rêver qu’on repart à zéro, qu’on recrée, qu’on recommence», Gilles Deleuze, in ‘Causes et raisons des iles desertes’.

‘Sur une ile on se rend compte qu’on peut se passer de plein de choses.  C’est dans ce type de contexte qu’on peut chercher l’incomfort créatif’ (Laurent Tixador).

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