The Memory Of The Archive:
Christoforos Savva In The 1954 – 1968
Cypriot Press & Literary Periodicals
This book shines the spotlight on humble press cuttings – bits and pieces, scraps and relics – with the conviction that they do indeed matter. It presents my ‘own’ archive of life-story information about the Cypriot artist Christoforos Savva (1924–1968), consisting of more than two hundred articles, commentaries, reports, or even advertisements that appeared in the mainstream Cypriot press and literary periodicals between 1954 and 1968 and relate to the artist. The press cuttings themselves were archived – found, compiled, classified, and filed – and their contents were examined in the course of the archival research that I conducted for my doctoral thesis in sociology. Following my examination of the collection of newspapers and periodicals at the archive of the Republic of Cyprus Press and Information Office in 2007–08, I thought that the archival research phase of my relationship with Christoforos Savva was over. For several years, this body of unique material in its physical paper format – the “stuff” of history – sat undisturbed and protected in my office. My archive – in a digital format – was, nevertheless, first made publicly available to the limited audience of my unpublished doctoral thesis in 2011. Hence, I allowed the authentic record, be it in the form of paper or theinformation and knowledge contained in paper, to be rescued and preserved. Published on the occasion of the exhibition Untimely on Time: Christoforos Savva (1924–1968), this book proves that it was not the fate of these salient records (or the artist’s life and actions evidenced in them) to remain hidden, exclusive and silent, as chance or destiny decided their future differently.
Language: English, Greek, size: 210 × 297 mm, pages: 328, illustrations: Black and white, format: Softcover.
A book by Maria Panteli, translated by Andry Panayiotou, Maria Mina, copyedited by Andry Panayiotou, designed by Studio Manuel Raeder, digital Photography of Archive by Louca Studios, published by BOM DIA BOA TARDE BOA NOITE, co-published by Cyprus Ministry of Education and Culture