© Lydia Dambassina, "Untitled", 2016, scale, sea sand and terrestrial globe that rotates with solar energy
THE GREEN PATH
Marios Fournaris & Barbara Polla
Author of the book Un art écologique, création plasticienne et anthropocène
Once upon a time, the hills of Perama were green woods.
Then came the war, then came the needs. The forest disappeared, the people stayed, and worked: the cranes became their trees. Pollution by petrol and sewage has been harming Perama for decades.
Today, on the one hand, Perama is facing new ecological challenges such as, in particular, the new regional planning of waste management in Attica (in Schisto, at the border between Keratsini and Perama) and the expansion of the commercial port. On the other hand, the current ecological awareness is changing the rules and Perama is aiming to become an ecological model for possible green futures, whatever the past. As an example, at the entry of Perama, the tanks are starting to be removed and soon a park will grow there, and trees replacing petrol will revive our future.
Artists are pioneers and eco-art paves the way for a new ecology. We invite thirteen artists – ten Greeks, and three from abroad, respectively USA, Turkey and UK – to create a live “Green Path” and exhibit some of their works that relate to ecology and our concept of “New Humanism”. “Green” here obviously refers to ecology and the urgent need to protect the environment, in Perama and in the world. Which path should we follow, if not the green?
The exhibition will take place in the Museum of Fishery and Shipbuilding of Fishery Boats in Perama, an ancient museum that has not been opened to public for a long time. Fishing is as anchored into remote times as is the history of the Mediterranean, and has been and still is determining much of the Greek living spaces. We will keep inside the Museum the vitrines that present ancient working material and instruments used once upon a time by shipbuilders and fishermen. The exhibition will integrate these essential objects of the past and make use of them to draw a vision of the future of Perama, and beyond. The exhibition will also activate and revitalize this beautiful space and give it back to the inhabitants of the city, functional for future use.