ζιζάνια - Mauvaises Herbes - Athens
In April 2017, I started a research project focusing on public green spaces, plants, their history and symbolic associations in the city. “Leaves for Tears”, the first chapter of my investigations focused on Pedion Tou Areos, one of the largest public park in Athens, designed to honour the heroes of the Greek revolution of 1821. “New Philadelphia and Little Manchester”, the second chapter looked at Nea Filadelfia, a park located in the northern suburbs, which used to be woodland. “Le Patio de Nicolas”, the third and last chapter looked at the small park of St Nicholas, which enclaves the eponymous orthodox church in the central district of Kolonaki. The series of workshops “New semantic for wild greens” was created for the Victoria Square Project, as part of the Documenta 14 and ran in paralell during the different chapters.
These three parks are privileged sites of investigation into hidden and forgotten layers of history, past and present. Following on site research, the outcome of the research is displayed through installations, photographs, archives, workshops and public presentations.
A publication accompanied by a crafted object is in preparation, in conclusion of the first stage of this transmedial cartographical investigation.
A research project supported by the French Institute of Athens and the Zhdk-Avina found. Made possible thanks to the collaboration of TART Projects in Zürich, Y Residency, Yellow Brick and a-dash in Athens.