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Beyond Borders – Film screening of Evaporating Borders by Iva Radivojević, with video art by Kiriaki Hajiloizis

15th April 2016 @ 19:00 - 21:00

Suggested entry price: £3

An essay in five parts, Evaporating Borders offers a series of vignettes, poetically guided by the filmmaker’s curious eye and personal reflections. Through the people she encounters along the way, the film dissects the experience of asylum seekers in Cyprus: A PLO activist and exile from Iraq is denied asylum within 15 minutes; neo-nazi fundamentalists roam the streets in an attack on Muslim migrants; activists and academics organise an antifascist rally and clash with the neo-nazis; 195 migrants drown in the Mediterranean.

Originally from Yugoslavia and an immigrant to Cyprus, Iva Radivojević investigates the effects of large-scale immigration on the sense of national identity in one of the easiest ports of entry into Fortress Europe. Poetically photographed and rendered, the film passionately weaves the themes of migration, tolerance, identity and belonging.

Kiriaki Hajiloizis is a video artist who currently has work exhibited at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery as part of New Art West Midlands. 

Born in the UK to Cypriot refugee parents, I grew up constantly questioning where friends and family had come from. They identified with a homeland that they were exiled from, but I was born in the UK – so we are a divided family, separated geographically. So where is my home? The UK or Cyprus? I live physically and emotionally somewhere between the two. 1974 illegal Turkish invasion of Cyprus and its subsequent effects on my identity and me is my subject, which informs the video works I make.

My aesthetic is focused primarily through the means of video art with subjectivity on the home of the dispossessed. The control of video and film conveyed my message, of refuge and political combined with personal memory. The video is a tool of visualising the attempt of trying to remember a memory I don’t have. My screen constructs the memories. I have built my work to portray disruption, blockage, corruption and exile. I am creating a barricade of information, as though the video is broken, similar to the Cypriot crisis and how the island and my family are fragmented.


15th April 2016
19:00 - 21:00
Event Category:


Beyond Borders


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Birmingham, B5 5RT United Kingdom
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