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Call for submissions: In search of Aphrodite's Sisters

Call for submissions: In search of Aphrodite's Sisters

Have you seen this Aphrodite or a copy of it in any material? (a statue, a poster, a piece of jewelry, a passport, or any other product?). If yes, please help us collect her “sisters” and their stories for the project 'Aphrodite’s Sisters'.

About the project

“Aphrodite’s Sisters” is one of the three winning projects of the Creative Commissions call on the theme of “Creating Diasporic Worlds”, initiated and funded by the Centre for Greek Diaspora Studies and the Centre for the GeoHumanities at Royal Holloway, University of London in collaboration with the Cyprus High Commission in London and the Fitzwilliam Museum – University of Cambridge. 

The project, led by visual artist, writer and researcher Theopisti Stylianou-Lambert, explores the diaspora and multiple “lives” of the most popular Cypriot statue of Aphrodite and its copies: the statue of Aphrodite of Soloi, a marble statue from the 1st century BC, found by a farmer while ploughing his field and donated to the Cyprus Museum in 1902. As part of this project, a crowdsourcing call is released to help us collect images and stories about this Aphrodite. Please find the call below. 

Aphrodite’s Sisters: Crowdsourcing Call

This is Aphrodite of Soloi from Cyprus. This is such an iconic image for Cyprus that is found in every Cypriot passport. Have you seen this Aphrodite or a copy of it in any material? (a statue, a poster, a piece of jewellery, a passport, or any other product?). If yes, please help us collect her “sisters” and their stories.

Therefore, if you own one of Aphrodite’s sisters, please follow the steps below to submit your photo:

Step 1: 

Take a picture of the object (original or copy) or, even better, a selfie with it

Step 2: 

Upload your image using one of these three methods:

As part of your submission, please answer these three questions:

  1. Where is your object found?/ Where is your photograph taken?
  2. Do you have any personal relationship with this object? If yes, what is it? 
  3. Beyond the Aphrodite of Soloi, what does the goddess Aphrodite in general mean to you?

By submitting material, you give permission for your image and text to be used for the purposes of the project “Aphrodite’s Sisters”. The project will be presented at the Cyprus High Commission in London In July 2022.


The team: Theopisti Stylianou-Lambert, Antigone Heraclidou, Giorgos Papantoniou and Christine Morris

Photo by Theopisti Stylianou-Lambert, from the arte-facts project.