It all started with the exhibition ‘From Pafos to Jerusalem: Stone, Cloth, Flesh, and Water’. Mounted at sister property Annabelle in 2019, the show by local photographer Michael Kouloumos drew the viewer’s attention to the contrasts between the two cities. In Jerusalem, the stone of buildings sacred to Judaism, Christianity, and Islam is a persistent background, while clothing figures in portraits as a signifier of religious and cultural identity. Pafos, by contrast, is a coastal community, so the water of the Mediterranean Sea attracts locals and vacationers alike for refreshment and recreation, and flesh is exposed and figures identity in various ways. After a successful run at Annabelle, the exhibit moved to sister property Anassa for a repeat. Now, with the multi-million-euro renovation of Almyra, selected images from Kouloumos’s Pafos series will enter the permanent collection of the hotel. The black and white photographs complement the mid-century modern aesthetic of Almyra and help orient guests to the Pafos harbour. At the completion of the renovation, every guest room and suite will be decorated with Kouloumos’s art. Kouloumos composes portraits and street scenes, encompassing the posed and the unfolding. He aspires to develop our visual literacy and seeks to project a dignified image of each person depicted in the photographs. His goal is to cultivate tolerance and respect, transcending the taboos and boundaries that are set before us. Check in at Almyra and check out the photos! Almyra reopens with its new look on 1 March 2020.