The Broken Pitcher focuses on a meeting at a bank in Larnaca, Cyprus in 2019, at which the foreclosure sale of a family home is to be decided. The room in the bank is reproduced as a film set and as a walk-in exhibition space containing the artworks of the participating artists. Inspired by Abbas Kiarostamis’ film First Case – Second Case (1979, Iran), the scene is filmed and shown to several people, who are asked the question “What, in your opinion, should the bank employees do?” Their answers reflect the various perspectives and reactions of stakeholders from Cyprus and other places around the world: rent activists in Berlin and Barcelona, people with similar fates in Cairo and Banjul, bankers, lawyers, judges and economists. Historians also contextualise debt and tributes as a part of colonial history.
The resulting film and installation will be shown in public spaces in several towns in Cyprus (north and south), in Leipzig, Berlin and Munich.
In cooperation with Thkio Ppalies, Nicosia, the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, the Lenbachhaus Munich and the Beirut Art Center
With the kind support of the Ministry of Culture, Cyprus and the Kulturstiftung des Bundes