Topic: Hiding behind an alias
The general aim of the M6 school was a valuable one. Creating a framework for the fostering of intelligent discussion, an open and equal sharing and exchange of ideas and scholarship within an environment of respect and tolerance of difference is indeed much needed.
However and regrettably, judging from the quality of many of the posts in all 3 M6 forums, both official and unofficial, I am sure that many people both in Cyprus and internationally are beginning to have serious doubts on whether the Manifesta school would have succeeded in achieving their altius goal beyond the academic essays documenting a torrent of utopian intentions.
One of my main reasons for stating this is that it appears that a few individuals directly involved either as teachers or students of the now cancelled school are posting under the cover of a string of alias names, including both greek and turkish names. It is absolutely their freedom of choice and right to privacy to assume an alias name. However, to do this in order to discredit, trespass upon and violate the rights of others is unacceptable especially from the very people who were going to be the responsible ones for the implementation of the altruistic aims of the M6 school.
These individuals set themselves up in a mock dialogue with its aim to promote a distinct bias which is nothing short of a bombastic, divisive monothematic agenda drenched with the Bushism of "if you are not with us, you're against us". Shame on you. You are the ones who so vigilantly demand the freedom of expression and the right not to be censored. How can you criticise others for lack of courage, honest and transparent dialogue when you, yourselves are not prepared to engage in one?
Allow me to remind you, that whilst you feel that the Greek Cypriots are easy prey for your vicious attacks from the comfort of your homes in New York, Texas, Amsterdam, Germany or elsewhere, we are the ones who must live here and negotiate our lives on a daily basis. We are the ones who are struggling to change the system from within. Many of us disagree with the actions of the NFA and the impending legal action against the 3 curators but we also appreciate that the conditions of cultural workers in Cyprus requires an enormous and very substantial improvement. Convincing our government authorities of the importance of contemporary art and that it is not irrelevant nonsense will certainly not happen with the quality of some of the comments on these forums.
My foreign friends, the impact of your sarcasm, personal attacks and racist comments is actually assisting our cultural 'administrators' in their attempts to further isolate contemporary artists in this very small community. In addition, your adoption of the theatrical and stereotypical "wealthy, ignorant greek" and "poor, full of humility turk" personas is not only insulting but it serves to further entrench the divisive discourse happening on these forums. In addition, it is frightening many genuine people from participating in what could be a very constructive and open forum dialogue.
Your collusion and flagrant disrespect for the privacy and opinion of others is equally censorship. Do you expect us to ignore our rights and focus exclusively on the freedom of the curators and the concept of censorship as only that which is "forbidden by law"?
If art and dialogue in all its diversity are capable of transforming and educating communities, then why don't we give it a chance to do so on these forums?