I see artistic creation and academic research as two different but interconnected, supplementary modes of questioning and understanding the world around us.
Here is a selection of publications that reflect my research and artistic interests:
Museums and Photography: Displaying Death (2017)
by Elena Stylianou & Theopisti Stylianou-Lambert (eds.) Publisher: Routledge
"Museums and Photography" combines theory with international case studies to investigate the display of death in various types of museums - history, anthropology, art, ethnographic, and science museums - and to understand the changing role of photography in museums. Contributors explore the politics and poetics of displaying death, and more specifically, the role of photography in representing and interpreting this difficult topic. Working with nearly 20 researchers from different cultural backgrounds and disciplines, the editors critically engage with recent debate on the changing role of museums, exhibition meaning-making, and the nature of photography.
The Political Museum: Power, Conflict and Identity in Cyprus (2016)
by Theopisti Stylianou-Lambert & Alexandra Bounia. Publisher: Routledge
“The Political Museum” reveals how politics permeates all facets of museum practice, particularly in regions of political conflict. In these settings, museums can be extraordinarily influential in shaping identity and collective memory. Using key Cypriot archaeological, historical, ethnographic, and art museums as examples, this book (a) provides a multifaceted and deeper understanding of how politics, conflict, national agendas, and individual initiatives can shape museums and their narratives; (b) discusses how these forces contribute to the creation of, and conflict over, national, community and personal identities; (c) examines how museums use inclusion and exclusion in their collections, exhibitions, objects and interpretive material as a way of selectively constructing collective memories.
Visitor Photography in Museums: Redefining the Visitor Experience (2016)
by Theopisti Stylianou-Lambert (ed.). Publisher: MuseumsEtc
Positive and proactive involvement with visitor photography is still the exception, or in its infancy, in most museums and galleries. However, in this book, the authors share their exciting experience of visitor photography and how its creative use can result in:
1. enhancing social interaction and creativity;
2. encouraging audience engagement
3. motivating learning
4. helping re-curate exhibitions
5. connecting with new audiences
6. and encouraging the contribution of new content.
Photography and Cyprus: Time, Place & Identity (2014)
by Liz Wells, Theopisti Stylianou-Lambert & Nicos Philippou (eds.). Publisher: I. B. Tauris
This book explores the ways photography both contributes and responds to the formation of identity. Contributors from Cyprus, Greece, the UK and the USA, representing diverse disciplines, draw from photography theory, art history, anthropology and sociology to explore how the island and its people have been represented photographically. They reveal how the different gazes- colonial, political, gendered, and within art photography- contribute to the creation of individual and national identities and, by extension, to the creation and re-creation of imagery of Cyprus as place. While “Photography and Cyprus” focuses on one geographical and cultural territory, the questions this book asks and the themes and arguments it follows apply also to other places characterized by their colonial heritage. The intriguing example of Cyprus thus serves as a fitting test-ground for current debates relating to photography, place and identity.
Tourists Who Shoot (2013)
by Theopisti Stylianou-Lambert. Publisher: Armida Publications
“Tourists Who Shoot” is a contemporary, nuanced look at how tourists use their cameras while on holiday. Before the invention of the portable camera people behaved, moved, and interacted differently. Tourist choreographies have evolved, and are still evolving, alongside changes in camera availability and technology. Photographer and photography theorist Theopisti Stylianou-Lambert explores tourist landscapes from New York to Cairo as performance spaces where the use of the camera has forced specific choreographies and behaviors upon tourists. With Stylianou-Lambert’s deadpan sense of humor and her unerring eye for the critical detail that brings a photograph to life, “Tourists Who Shoot” is a sometimes humorous, sometimes poignant reassessment of what it means to be a tourist. The book includes essays by photography scholar Liz Wells and art theorist Elena Stylianou.
Re-envisioning Cyprus (2010)
by Peter Loizos, Nicos Philippou and Theopisti Stylianou-Lambert (eds.). Publisher: University of Nicosia Press
Artists and academics join forces in a common effort to “re-envision” Cyprus. The result is an edited volume and a photography & multimedia exhibition. The authors of “Re-envisioning Cyprus” come from different disciplines – such as anthropology, social sciences, art history, literature, cultural theory and visual arts. What united them is first their wish to see Cyprus with their own eyes and with their own minds, rather than through officialising lenses, or narratives. They are also rather interested in photography, and how it can help our conceptual understanding of the island. Participating authors and artists: Loucas Antoniou, Melita Couta, Johanna Diehl, Anandana Kapur, Phanos Kyriacou, Orestis Lambrou, Chrystalleni Loizidou, Peter Loizos, Miriam Paeslack, Haris Pellapaisiotis, Nicos Phillipou, Sondra Sainsbury, Stefanos Stefanides, Theopisti Stylianou-Lambert, Constantinos Taliotis, Demetris Taliotis and Ellene Tsangarides.
Journal Guest Editor:
Photography, Artists and Museums (2014)
Special issue of photographies, 7(2) by Theopisti Stylianou-Lambert & Elena Stylianou (eds.)
This special issue of "photographies" is dedicated to the intricate relationship between photography and museums. More specifically, it focuses on artistic practices that use photography to challenge the theoretical complexities of this relationship. The featured papers of this issue examine what happens when artists turn their lens on such museum practices as collecting, archiving, exhibiting and interpreting. Moreover, they investigate how artists negotiate the concept of the museum, its practices and visitors through their photographic work, and the ways in which they often adopt a curatorial position by using real and/or fictional photographic archives.
Cypriot Cinemas: Memory, Conflict, and Identity in the Margins of Europe (2015)
Stylianou-Lambert, T. & Philippou, N. (2015). Aesthetics, Politics and Form in Cypriot Films: 1960-1974. In Constandinides, C. & Papadakis, G. (eds.) Cypriot Cinemas: Memory, Conflict, and Identity in the Margins of Europe (pp. 61-89). Bloomsbury Press.
Travel, Tourism and Art (2013)
Stylianou-Lambert, T. & Stylianou, E. (2013). Martin Parr: a Traveler-Critic and a Professional Post-Tourist in a “Small World”. In Rakić, T. & Lester, J. (eds.) Travel, Tourism and Art (pp. 161-173). Surrey, London: Ashgate.
The Photograph and the Album (2013)
Stylianou-Lambert, T. & Christodoulou, M. (2013). The Digital Travel Album: Posing as Photographic Play. In Carson, J., Miller, R. & Wilkie, T. (eds.) The Photograph and the Album (pp. 365-373). Edinburgh, Cambridge: Museums Etc.
Does War Belong in Museums: The Representation of Violence in Exhibitions (2013)
Bounia, A. & Stylianou-Lambert, T. (2013). War Museums and Photography. In Muchitsch, W. (ed.) Does War Belong in Museums: The Representation of Violence in Exhibitions (pp. 155-172). Graz: transcript - Edition Museumsakademie Joanneum.
National Museums: perspectives from Southern Europe (2012)
Bounia, A. & Stylianou-Lambert, T. (2012). Cypriot National Museums. In Bounia, A. & Gazi, A. (eds.) National Museums: perspectives from Southern Europe (pp.72-97). Athens: Kalidoscopio Press. [in Greek]
Peer-reviewed Journal Publications:
Stylianou-Lambert, T. (2017). Photographing in the Art Museum: Visitor Attitudes and Motivation. Visitor Studies, 20(2).
Stylianou-Lambert, T. & Stylianou, E. (2014). Editorial: Photography, Artists and Museums. photographies, 7(2), 117-129.
Stylianou-Lambert, T., Boukas, N. & Yerali-Christodoulou M. (2014). Museums and Cultural Sustainability: Stakeholders, Forces and Cultural Policies. International Journal of Cultural Policy, 20(5), 566-587.
Stylianou-Lambert, T., Bounia, A. & Hardy, S. (2014). Resisting Institutional Power: the women of St. Barnabas. Visitor Studies, 17(1), 3-23.
Stylianou-Lambert, T. & Bounia, A. (2012). War Museums and Photography. Museum and Society, 10(3), 183-196.
Stylianou-Lambert, T. (2012). Tourists with Cameras: Reproducing or Producing? Annals of Tourism Research, 39(4), 1817-1838.
Stylianou-Lambert, T. (2011). Gazing from Home: Cultural Tourism and Art Museums. Annals of Tourism Research, 38(2), 403-421.
Stylianou-Lambert, T. (2010). Re-conceptualizing Museum Audiences: Power, Activity, Responsibility. Visitor Studies, 13(2), 130-144.
Stylianou-Lambert, T. (2010). How Museum Perceptions Influence Cultural Tourism Practices. Journal of Tourism and Development, 13(3), 59-60.
Stylianou-Lambert, T. (2009). Symbolic Boundaries, Identity, and Art Museum Visitation. International Journal of the Arts in Society, 4(1), 119-130.
Stylianou-Lambert, T. (2009). Perceiving the Art Museum. Journal of Museum Management and Curatorship, 24(2), 139-158.