Three days of collective work.
An open event, the 3day Young Makers Gathering (28 – 30 May 2021) inaugurated “Under the Landscape” on the last weekend of May 2021, having the Municipal School of Therasia in Manolas settlement at its epicenter.
During those three days, Boulouki alongside its interdisciplinary network of associates, as well as the teachers and students of Therasia, cleaned and marked the pathway that connects the central settlement of Manolas with the almost abandoned settlement of Agrilia. The main route axes of the deserted village, which were blocked by the lush vegetation, are accessible again inviting Agrilia's further exploration and reclamation.
It is worth mentioning that, Therasia’s youth had the opportunity to interact with selected undergraduate students and instructors of the Athens School of Fine Arts (ASFA), who visited the island especially on the occasion of “Under the Landscape”. Through this synergy, the pursuit is to unveil these specific aspects of the place and the local craftsmanship that remain, usually, undiscovered by the scientific view. Based on the unique local materials and through the creation of original artworks during the 12-day workshop, ASFA students will be challenged to draw their own artistic paths and attempt their own interpretation of the landscape.
From a broader perspective, the Young Makers Gathering provided a unique occasion for the many, diverse associates of “Under the Landscape” to meet with the local community, and set the first step towards the multidimensional research on Agrilia; having its architectural heritage and traditional building techniques as a starting point. At the same time, Boulouki presented its previous work and implemented projects in other areas of Greece and discussed thoroughly with residents and authorities of Therasia, to shape a common base around the prospects and challenges of the island and the upcoming events of “Under the Landscape”.
The abandoned settlement of Agrilia. Photograph: M. Chassioti