Crossing the Line: The movement for a united Cyprus
Chicago.- IL. The Hellenic Museum & Cultural Center opened the second phase of its ongoing Cypriot Collection Exhibitions called “Crossing the Line: the Movement for a United Cyprus” on Thursday, March 26, 2009 to a large crowd of museum guests. The Cyprus Gallery was filled with people taking in the extensive collection of beautiful works of art and a video with footage of the womenʼs campaign. There was a welcome to the assembled by Executive Board Member Stephanie Anton Vlahakis who spoke of the Museum and its direction in the future, the importance of the Cypriot Collection and the progress on the new Museum.
This collection presents aspects of the Turkish invasion of Cyprus in 1974 that left the island physically and emotionally divided, with refugees from both sides unable to return to their homes across the Green Line. In response to this division, a grass roots movement called “Women Walk Home” developed. With the aim of one day living in a united Cyprus with freedom of movement, these women staged marches to attempt to cross the Green Line. Their successes brought attention to “the Cyprus problem” while giving women a new found place in the political arena. By examining art, objects, documents and first-hand accounts, this exhibit will show how daily life on the island was disrupted by the invasion and while also revealing the subsequent movement for reunification.
The exhibition was guest curated by Daniela C. Bono of the Field Museum of Natural History. Daniela was awarded the Brunilde Ridgway Fellowship and spent the summer of 2007 in Agios Georgios in Cyprus where she worked on the Yeronisos Island Excavation.
For more information regarding this exhibition, please contact the Museum at 312-655-1234.