Samothraki research project | September 2021

The Samothraki research project was made during the research-based artistic and curatorial project “The river beneath the river”, directed by the curator Dimitra Tsiaouskoglou in the island of Samothrace. I was invited by the curator to stay for one week on the island and make through research-based creative processes, art notes, and records on-site.

 

The focus was made upon the flora and the endemic plants of Saos mountain based on the community’s empirical knowledge of the local nature and botanology. The outcome of the research was a documentation of the island's nature with a combination of art forms, media, and creative processes such as aquarelles, sunprints and GIFs.

Sunprint workshop at the school of Lakkoma village// 14 September 2021

 

The workshop was held for one day in the school of Lakkoma, a small rural village on the southwest side of the island. The children were introduced to the sunprint technique and were invited to apply it directly in fabric. They placed on top of the fabric natural materials found on site and were able to see the transformation that caused by sun and water on the fabric’s surface during the fixing procedure. The fabric was depicting the hydrographic network of Samothrace, the valuable water resources, that are responsible for the vast biodiversity of the island. 

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Animated Gifs// 2021

During my research, I video documented some locals that had a close connection with the nature of the island. I worked mostly with Mrs. Pavlina, a resident of Samothrace village, who knew about the wild edible and endemic plants and the rural history of the island. 

I followed her around at many locations that had interesting biodiversity as she explained to me about the collective period of different herbs and their main use in local iatrosophia.

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Visual diary// aquarelles on 250gsm cotton rag paper

 

During my stay on the island, I kept a day-to-day diary of aquarelles. These art notes were made in various locations by observing the natural habitat and the diverse landscape.

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