Nicolas Iordanou, photographer and filmmaker, was born in Paphos, Cyprus. He studied Photography at Columbia College Chicago.
In 2000 he was assigned as a photographer in ‘CITY2000’ (Chicago in the Year 2000) a project about the social and cultural aspects of Chicago, which was exhibited at the Museum of Science and Industry of Chicago in 2001. From 2001 until 2007 he worked as a photojournalist, dealing with conflict and postwar photography in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran, Palestine/Israel, Uganda, Lebanon and also covered the September 11 attacks in New York City. He also collaborates pro bono with the United Nations (UNHCR). In 2005 he was invited by the Goethe Institut as a reviewer in the Photography Festival of Berlin. In 2007, he was assigned to photograph an international project called ‘Challenging Walls’ in collaboration with Akademie der Künste – Berlin and Sibylle Bergmann, whose goal was to bring conflicted communities closer, having a common vision of peace and coexistence. This project was exhibited in Abu Dis, Israel/ Palestine.
In October 2009 he had his first solo exhibition titled ‘Prologue’ in the Center of Contemporary Art Diatopos in Nicosia, Cyprus. In 2010 he worked as a Director of Photography in the Italian film ‘From Father’s Eyes’. In 2013 he participates in the exhibition ‘Catharsis/Rebirth’ in Paphos, Cyprus and co-directs a short film presentation from it, which was selected and presented in the Louvre Museum in Paris as part of the Michelangelo Pistoletto’s exhibition ‘Annee Un – Le Paradis Sur Terre’. From 2011 he has directed and produced several films and documentaries that were screened and awarded internationally.
He has collaborated with the European Capital of Culture Pafos 2017 (Cyprus) and Aarhus 2017 (Denmark) through which he has created and produced major projects. In 2017 he has curated and participated in a photography exhibition in Paphos titled ‘The Alien Trail’ with photographers Antoine d’Agata, Nikos Economopoulos and Bieke Depoorter. Additionally, he has curated and participated in a public art exhibition titled ‘The Cementography Project’ which is installed permanently in Paphos’ city center in Cyprus.
He is the co-founder of Kimonos Art Center in Paphos and the co-director of the Paphos International Film Festival.
2016 Genius Loci - The Contemporary Photographic Gaze,
Leventis Gallery, Cyprus
2012 InSITE (in association with the Minitry of Culture and
2010 Ancient Whispers , Film Stills (In association with NeMe), Cyprus
2009 Lost in Division, Cyprus
2007 Challenging Walls (with Sibylle Bergemann & Berlin's
Akademie der Künste), Israel
2000 Chicago in the Year 2000 (CITY 2000), U.S.A.
2017 Group exhibition (The Alien Trail) - NIMAC Nicosia Municipal Gallery, Cyprus
Group exhibition (The Alien Trail) - Old Powerhouse, Paphos Cyprus
Book presentation by Daphne Nikita - exhibition (Black Dogs), The Centre of Contemporary Art Diatopos, Nicosia Cyprus
2016 Group exhibition (Genius Loci - The Contemporary Photographic Gaze), Leventis Gallery, Nicosia Cyprus
2013 'Catharsis/Rebirth' Short Film presentation, part of Michelangelo Pistoletto's exhibition (Année un - le paradis sur terre),
Louvre Museum, Paris, France
2012 Group exhibition (Catharsis / Rebirth), Ottoman Baths, Paphos, Cyprus
Site Specific group exhibition (inSITE), Nea Paphos, Cyprus
Group exhibition (Static Aesthetic), Chiaki Kamikawa Contemporary Art, Paphos Cyprus
2011 Group exhibition (Summertime), The Centre of Contemporary Art Diatopos, Nicosia Cyprus
2010 Group exhibition (Love & Hate), The Centre of Contemporary Art Diatopos, Nicosia Cyprus
2009 Solo exhibition (Prologue) The Centre of Contemporary Art Diatopos, Nicosia Cyprus
2008 Pancyprian art exhibition Nicosia Municipal Art Center (Παλιά Ηλεκτρική), Nicosia Cyprus
2007 Group exhibition (Challenging Walls), Abu Dis, Israel/Palestine
2005 Group exhibition The House of Arts & Literature, Paphos Cyprus
2001 Group exhibition (CITY 2000) The Chicago Museum of Science & Industry, Chicago U.S.A
2018 Copenhagen Jazz Film Festival, Denmark
Riverside International Film Festival, California, U.S.A.
2017 PÖFF Shorts - Short Film and Animation Festival Tallinn, Estonia
Alexandria Film Festival for Mediterranean Countries, Alexandria, Egypt
ISHINOMAKI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, Ishinomaki, Japan
'Common Ground', Ibrahim’s Khan, European Capital of Culture Pafos 2017, Pafos, Cyprus
'The Alien Trail', Attikon, European Capital of Culture Pafos 2017, Pafos, Cyprus
2016 INDEPENDENT DAYS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, Karlsruhe, Germany
UN*DEPENDENCE FILM FESTIVAL, Edinburgh, Scotland
2015 AEGEANDocs INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL, Lesvos, Greece
INNSBRUCK NATURE FILM FESTIVAL, Innsbruck, Austria
GreenspaceNYC - Films on Sustainability, New York, USA
CRAFT IN FOCUS, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
VOICES FROM THE WATERS INTERNATIONAL TRAVELING FILM FESTIVAL, Bangalore, India
INTERNATIONAL KUALA LUMPUR ECO FILM FESTIVAL, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2017 Audience Award - Copenhagen Jazz Film Festival, Denmark
2017 Best Music Short Film 'Soma & Lil' - Queen City Film Festival Maryland, U.S.A.
2017 Best Short Documentary 'Soma & Lil' - Ishinomaki International Film Festival, Japan
2017 Best Short Documentary 'Common Ground' - Alexandria Film Festival for Mediterranean Countries, Egypt
2015 Best Fiction Film 'Salvador' - GreenspaceNYC - Films on Sustainability, New York, USA
Leventis Gallery, Nicosia, Cyprus
Museum of Science & Industry, Chicago U.S.A.
University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), U.S.A.
Harold Washington College, U.S.A.
© Sylvia Nicolaides
2017 'The Alien Trail' photography exhibition
Old Powerhouse Paphos, Cyprus
Antoine d'Agata, Bieke Depoorter, Nikos
Economopoulos, Nicolas Iordanou
(European Capital of Culture Pafos 2017)
2017 'The Cementography Project' public art
Paphos' city center, Cyprus
Costas Economou, Aristotelis Demetriou
Miriam McConnon, Constanti Marianna
Chiaki Kamikawa, Gabrielle Cornuault
Alexander Gautier, Yiannis Sakellis,
Charalambos Margaritis, Sylvia Nicolaides,
(European Capital of Culture Pafos 2017)
© Sylvia Nicolaides