Glorious Past Promising Future
Glorious Past Promising Future – A story of the ghost of Cyprus is a project which examines an encounter with the ghost town Varosha in the Northern Cyprus by using the term hauntology (the presence of the ghost and how to communicate with it) by french philosopher Jacques Derrida and the term the uncanny (an examination on what arouses fright and where it comes from) by Sigmund Freud.
Up until 1974 Varosha was a thriving tourist area visited by the rich and famous.
In summer 1974 the Turkish army invaded the country and the tourist paradise was left abandoned by it’s inhabitants. The Turkish saw a bargain chip in the abandoned area and put up a fence around the premis with the intention of using it in later settlements with the Greek Cypriots. Today (2012) after 37 years the Turkish-and the Greek Cypriots have not yet reached an agreement and Varosha is still fenced off. It is a ghost town.
The publication concept is based on a pictural and textural relationship between the past and the present represented in each spread throughout the publication.
The main typography has, with inspiration from Turkish road signs, been drawn
specifically for the project and comments upon the mis-communication between the two parts. The aim of the publication is to raise a new discussion regarding the political situation as well as addressing the communication towards the ghosts of Cyprus.