Evocative portraits by Semra Bayhanlı, the talented twin sister of sculptor Sevcan Çerkez, went on show on Friday night at the capital’s Hasder folk arts centre, with words by journalist, poet, lyricist and composer Ahmet Okan.
The show includes Braille captions for the visually impaired, ramps for the disabled and a sign language commentary for the deaf. Mrs Bayhanlı said: “I want everyone to be able to come. We are honouring the capital’s people and sending a message to Cypriots not to abandon Lefkoşa. It is our joint project and Cypriot musicians will accompany us with our best-loved songs.”
Before the Dawn, an exhibition of 42 works which will not be on sale, offers nostalgic and affectionate portraits by the Cypriot artist in her third exhibition, twinned with Mr Okan’s writings themed on “Nicosians Who Left Their Mark”.
Mrs Bayhanlı also shares her techniques with young Hasder members at art and sculpture classes with sister Sevcan.
The show may be viewed at the Hasder Handicrafts Foundation centre, in İdadi Sokak, near the city centre Selemiye Mosque, from Monday to Friday between 8am and 5pm.
Click here for the event’s Facebook page.
By Anne Canalp for Cyprus Today