residents of varosha, 2017


“Residents of Varosha”, 2017, installation:
“Residents”, exprerimental film, duration: 7 min.
“Dance” and “Seaside Famagusta”, videos, duration: 3 min and 32 sec.
objects (foam rubber and organic glass)
T-shirts with drawings: 6 pieces
and see shells: 2 pieces

The artist is analysing the problematic phenomenon of “desertification” and suggesting the importance of the process of composting, which philosopher Donna Haraway is actively articulating now. It is a possibility to renew a worked-out land. Composting is nature’s process of recycling decomposed organic materials into a rich soil known as compost. In this case, decomposition becomes a precondition of a new life, and composting for philosopher becomes a good example to define the ongoingness, which extends the theory of becoming in the philosophical discourse. She is interested in collectively-produced, borderless sympoietic systems that are opposite of self-produced autopoietic systems. As big problems of ecosystem appeared due to human activity, Donna Haraway is criticizing post-humanism (the concept that was articulated by her significantly), and inviting to compost – to participate in the collective process of renewal.

Kristina Inčiūraitė presents the installation “Residents of Varosha”. She “composts” the layers of the past and the present and discovers the main characters of her artwork – the turtles in Varosha, the abandoned southern quarter of the Cypriot city of Famagusta, that has been occupied by Turkish military since 1974.

There are a lot of sea turtles foraging in this territory and fishermen regularly catch them in their nets. But nothing is known about the nesting numbers in this ghost-area. However, in the project by Kristina Inčiūraitė, these turtles take different shapes. The ornaments of their shells could be interpreted like various combinations of marine ecosystem, where turtles play important role. The drawings of turtles’ shells are created by some students of Vilnius art school: Lukrecija Balbierytė, Karolina Bartoševič, Anastasija Diukova, Lada Moskalenko, Julija Skobeleva and Gabija Sperskaitė.