This project about my homeland began as a search for my identity and was as much a photography project as it was a journey of reconciliation. This is an attempt to understand my roots in a country where I sometimes feel close to and at others alienated from. Unable to move forward and clinging to its past as a reassurance that nothing cannot be undone, despite the island's division since '74, intemporality is a way of life in Cyprus.
Cyprus has been a divided country since 1974 after the Turkish invasion. Greek Cypriots live on the South of the island and Turkish Cypriots live in the occupied North. The two, Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots were formally the only two legitimate populations on the island. Turkish immigrants however have since emigrated to the North changing the island's demographics. A small number of surviving Greek enclave still reside on the Northeastern tip of the island. The border between the two sides was opened in 2003 and many have made the passage to the 'other' side. In 2004 Cyprus became a member state of the European Union. The North is not recognised by the EU so it is de jure part of the Republic of Cyprus and the EU even though it is not in either's control. It is only recognised by Turkey.