Ian J. Cohn: The Faces of Phlamoudhi

February 9 – April 28, 2019

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Ian J. Cohn (American, born 1950) is a New York architect and photographer. In 1972, while serving as the official photographer for the Columbia University archaeological expedition to Cyprus, Cohn began a personal study, documenting life in the small northern village of Phlamoudhi. Less than two years later, Turkey invaded Cyprus, forcibly displacing more than 155,000 citizens, including the entire population of the village.

Stored in a box for almost 35 years before they were serendipitously “rediscovered,” the photographs were declared a Cypriot ethnographic treasure and exhibited at the Cyprus Museum in 2009. Since then, Cohn has reconnected with the community in diaspora, returned to the now Turkish-occupied village, and re-photographed many of his subjects. Organized by Cohn with the assistance of director John Olbrantz, this exhibition offers an intimate glimpse into life from a time and place little known outside Cyprus, the photographs a powerful link to memory and personal identities.

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Lecture with Ian J. Cohn
Phlamoudhi: From the Bronze Age to the Digital Era
Saturday, February 9, 2019
5- 6 p.m.
Paulus Lecture Hall, Willamette University College of Law
Free and open to the public


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Members/VIP Opening Reception

Saturday, February 9, 2019, 6 - 8 p.m.
Hallie Ford Museum of Art
Members and museum invited guests only

Museum members and museum VIP invited guests: complimentary
New Members: are welcome to join at the event or online

RSVP ONLINE BY February 4, 2019

Or by phone at 503-370-6855 or by email at museum-art@willamette.edu


Film Showing
The Faces of Phlamoudhi: A Documentary by Rupert Barclay
(2014, color, 45 minutes)
Sunday, February 10, 2019 2–3 p.m.
Roger Hull Lecture Hall, Hallie Ford Museum of Art
Free and open to the public


The Faces of Phlamoudhi: Life in a Small Village on the North Coast of Cyprus, Summer 1972: A Photographic Essay
by Ian J Cohn 
Paperback - 84 pages
Publisher: New York: Diversity: Architecture & Design (2010)
Available in the HFMA store or by calling 503-370-6855

Financial Support

Ian J. Cohn: The Faces of Phlamoudhi has been supported by an endowment gift from the Hallie Ford Exhibition Fund of the Hallie Ford Museum of Art and by general operating support grants from the City of Salem's Transient Occupancy Tax funds and the Oregon Arts Commission.

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Ian J. Cohn, "Lysandros Lysandrou, the shepherd" (detail), 1972

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