Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Critical Archaeologies #2 - Temporary Occupation

The workshop’s second destination is the Ledra Palace Hotel, built in 1950s, which lies on the main crossing point of the UN buffer zone. Since 1974 it has become an emblematic case of temporary occupation, that transformed it from a luxury hotel - symbol of tourist development and a meeting space for the local society in the 60s and 70s, into the headquarters of UNFICYP and residence for UN military personnel as well as a meeting ground for Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders, political negotiations, bi communal talks and discussions. The visit inside the reused building and its facilities will turn into an exploration of the current form of this particular suspended space.

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