The public installation ΘΥΜΗΣΟΥ - REMEMBER is part of the group exhibition Micro-stories of a Mutable Landscape, together with works by Dimitra Kondylatou and Foteini Palpana. The exhibition is the result of the artist residency program Ios Art Residency #1, conceived, organized and curated by Dimitris Foutris. Among the main objectives of this initiative is the contribution to the development of environmental and social sensitivity of the residents and visitors of Ios, at a time when the uncontrolled privatization of large areas of land is highlighting the need to protect the free access to beaches, as well as the natural and cultural heritage of the island.
The project revolves around a series of 10 traffic signs from the road network of Ios island. Built on the initiative of the Municipality of Ios in 2012, outside the framework of the Greek Highway Code, the signs carry the message ΘΥΜΗΣΟΥ - REMEMBER with the ambition to increase the drivers’ attention. To date, only one of these signs is still in use. For the period of the exhibition the original sign has been moved from the area of Mylopotas to the KDAP building in Chora, while 10 new replicas have been placed on empty poles throughout the island.
By reconsidering the established images, words and objects, and using the existing infrastructure, the project explores the possibilities of creation with the least possible production. This methodological choice derives from a concern to avoid the imposition of an imported idea or aesthetic. Instead, it aims to reveal the narrative possibilities inherent in the public space of Ios. The intention of the project is to revisit the actions taken by the local authorities 10 years ago, for reasons related to the strengthening of personal and collective memory in a place of constant change.
The art residency program Ios Art Residency #1 and the exhibition Micro-stories of a Mutable Landscape were organized by Save Ios Association and the Active Citizens Group for the Protection of the Environment, Traditional Aegean Character and Monuments of Ios island.
With the support of Ios Municipality and NEON Organization for Culture and Development.
With the support and under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture and Sports.
Art residency duration: 17.4.2022 – 01.05.2022
Exhibition duration: 13.08.2022 – 13.09.2022
Artists: Dimitra Kondylatou, Orestis Mavroudis, Foteini Palpana
Conception, organization and curation: Dimitris Foutris
Coordination: Georgia Voudouri
Copy editing: Marla Heid
Traffic signs: I. NTOKOS & SIA O.E.