A number of houses, most probably from Famagusta walled city, portrayed in almost monochrome sandstone colour, remind one of the medieval period of the island. Their architecture can still be admired amongst the medieval remnants of the city, large windows, grandiose entrances, and flat roofs. The grey green colour of the prickly pear bushes, otherwise known as figue de Barbarie complements the picture adding strong connotations. The juxtaposition of two sets of contrasting elements – western medieval architecture and oriental flora – achieves an almost surrealist effect. Moreover, it signifies a most lasting feature in the Cypriot topography that combines an eastern landscape with western architecture to the present day. It is as if the island’s history continues to conspire against its geography.
29 x 37 cm
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