The third and final last part of the program Under the Landscape: Therasia 21-22, includes a series of cultural events, organized to compliment the four-day Symposium Under the Landscape. A two-part exhibition, hosted in both islands of Santorini and Therasia, will accompany the discussions of the Symposium, reinforcing the public dimension of the culture-centered project ‘Under the Landscape’ by sharing it 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 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 acquired knowledge.
Under the Landscape Exhibition
> PART A _ Knowing from Below: Research and Practice
> PART B _ In/Ex Situ: Contemporary Sculpture and Painting
PART A _ Knowing from Below: Research and Practice
In Tomato Industrial Museum “D. Nomikos”
The section includes 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), as well as 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 exhibited, 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 invites the visitor to continue the journey “under the landscape” by travelling to Therasia, to experience the second- more ‘introvert’- part of the exhibition, which is composed around the sculptural creations of the Athens School of Fine Arts (ASFA) students. Through this conscious transition from Thera to Therasia, the visitor is called to walk his/her own path through the Theran volcanic landscape, towards the isolated exhibition space, in the abandoned cave settlement of Agrilia. 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 an intrinsic interaction with artistic creation.
PART B _ In/Ex Situ: Contemporary Sculpture and Painting
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 a selected spot inside the settlement of Agrilia, in a direct relation to the restored part of its central cobbled pathway. More specifically, this section will aim at a poetic interpretation of Therasia and its abandoned cave settlement of Agrilia:
¬ 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
Sculpture exhibition inside a cave-house in Agrilia
Sculptural artworks will be displayed in the indoor area and the forecourt of a typical cave-house at the core of the abandoned settlement. The artworks are made by natural local materials- ‘theran earth’ and pumice stone, black volcanic stone and red tuff. Since the sculptures were created in parallel with the study 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, conceived 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.
Lighting design of Agrilia’s central cobbled pathway
An important aspect of the exhibition is the design of a lighting installation that aims to highlight the distinctive features of Agrilia’s central cobbled pathway, which used to be the main route axis of the deserted village and core of its public life. 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, exemplary settlement.