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CULTURAL EVENTS

Under The Landscape

26 June - 24 July 2022

 

Cultural Events.


The third and final last part of the program Under the Landscape: Therasia 21-22, includes a series of cultural events that will be organized to compliment the four-day Symposium Under the Landscape. A two-part exhibition, hosted in the islands of Santorini and Therasia, will accompany the discussions of the Symposium, enhancing the public dimension by sharing ‘Under the Landscape’ with a wider audience.

A two-part exhibition.

 

At the core of the events is an exhibition consisting of two parts - one in Santorini and one in Therasia. The curatorial team consciously chooses to follow two complementary exhibition strategies in the two neighboring islands. The two exhibition parts are closely related to each other, inviting the visitor to travel from Santorini to Therasia. The purpose of the exhibition is to present the work of all the previous stages of the program ‘Under the Landscape: Therasia 2021-22’, disseminating the knowledge acquired.

From Santorini..

This section will include audiovisual material from previous stages of the program (participatory project in Agrilia, apprenticeship of young technicians, hands-on workshops, scientific research of the local volcanic materials), documents from historical archives provided specifically for the needs of the project (historical archive of the Technical Chamber of Greece), and selected photographs from local resources (Santorini Archive Project). A selection of traditional tools and artefacts will be included, recalling different aspects of the local knowledge, with emphasis on building techniques, which will be collected and exhibited in collaboration with the local community of Therasia. These exhibits create a cognitive environment that reconstructs and transmits the experience of the project, highlighting its participatory and educational dimensions, while opening up new perspectives for research and creation.

 

The ‘extrovert’ platform of Santorini, through its communicative nature, invites the visitor to participate in the second, more ‘introvert’ part of the exhibition in Therasia. This is composed around the sculptural creations of the ASFA students and the solemn space of the Monastery of the Assumption of Virgin Mary. Through a conscious transition from Thera to Therasia, the visitor is invited on a personal journey through the unique, almost pure island paths to the isolated exhibition space of the Monastery. The experience of this transition and the (multi-)sensational perception of the landscape and its contrasts, provide a fertile ground on which associations between the two exhibition parts can be drawn, rewarding the visitor with a more substantial personal interaction with artistic creation.

..to Therasia

 

As mentioned above, the exhibition part in Therasia focuses mainly on the sculptural experimentations of ASFA students during the hands-on workshop in September 2021. It will be hosted in the Monastery of the Assumption of Virgin Mary, which was a working space as well as the accommodation area for the students during the workshop. More specifically, this section will aim at a poetic interpretation of Therasia and the Monastery area:

 

   ¬ through the display of sculptural artworks created in situ from local volcanic materials

   ¬ through the (re)design of light and the illumination of the surrounding landscape

 

    Inside the cells | Sculpture exhibition inside the monastic cells

 

Sculptural artworks will be presented inside the cells of the Monastery, developed around its historic church. In creating the artworks, the artists used natural local materials – ‘theran earth’ and pumice stone, black volcanic stone and red tuff. Since the sculptures were created in parallel with a study of the local building craft of Theran mortars (in the underground settlement of Agrilia, the Monastery of the Assumption of Virgin Mary and the wider landscape of Therasia).  This second part of the exhibition presents a series of artworks as additional interpretations of the cultural landscape that surrounds them,· signifying the important role of the context in the conception and evaluation of art, as a socially and culturally ‘situated’ experience.

 

     Around the monastery | Lighting design of the monastery area

 

Another important aspect of the exhibition is the design of a lighting installation that aims to highlight the distinctive features of the Monastery forecourt and its surrounding area. Lighting design becomes a crucial part of the exhibition narrative, reinterpreted as a poetic act. The installation is proposed to be of a permanent character, functioning as an essential infrastructure for the local community, while strengthening the symbolic value of this unique monument.