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Mystery 85 City Patterns


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A project by: M2P (Aliki Kakoulidou, Dimitra Vasilakou)
Interviews, Data Collection and Text Editing conducted by: Yorgos Drosos
Architecture and Architectural Lighting Design: Kiki Kelesidou:
Photographer: Yannis Zindrilis
Traditional Printing house: Michalis Karamalis

 

M2P presents a series of patterns printed on 10 natural-fiber banners. The project was created through a research process on the folk heritage and cultural history of the various communities of Elefsina. Working closely with the local cultural associations that represent different areas of Greece, as well as the people who comprise these associations, we recorded their experiences, their memories from their ancestry and places of origin, and, finally, their art and symbols, as those are manifested in embroideries and other artifacts. Subsequently, and in accordance with the methodology that runs through all of their work, M2P (Aliki Kakoulidou and Dimitra Vasilakou), isolated details from these images and narrations, and edited them into something new. 

The patterns correspond to ten different places: Asia Minor, Chios, Corfu, Crete, the Dodecanese Islands, Elefsina, Epirus, Peloponnese, Pontus, and Thessaly). Using the traditional silkscreen method, the banners were printed on natural fabrics, with eco-friendly materials. They will be posted on a corner building at 17 Kanellopoulou Street (38° 2′ 11.0256″N 23° 32′ 18.5957″ E), thus creating a visual narrative in open conversation with the city’s contemporary look. Afterwards, they will be given to and repurposed by the cultural associations. The second stage of the work entails documenting the abovementioned research, curation and creative processes in the form of a printed document. 

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