The Sarakatsani tribe’s aesthetic and imagery permeates a lot of our work. We are captivated by the extraordinary symbols and shapes on their wovens, embroideries and other artifacts. Along with their artistic vibrancy, an important motive for working with the Sarakatsani patterns is their “magical” power – these are not just abstract motifs, but talismans for good luck and for beauty.
This iconography has informed many of the projects we have undertaken. Below are just some of those stories:
The greek nomadic tribe of sarakatsani used to embroider magic and protective symbols on their costumes. We pick details from a sarakatsani dress and form a monochrome composition on linen&cotton fabric. The canvas is printed with the silkscreen method in limited edition.
Silkscreen print on natural fabric.
small square scarf & talisman for the neck - wear it your way.
The motif is printed on natural fabric with the silkscreen method in limited edition.
talisman for the neck, for the ears and for heart
We choose the form of the sarakatsani apron, print it on linden wood and create a talisman. Print on linden wood, with bronze components
Motif inspired from the the embroideries of the sarakatsani costums.
In June 2014, we presented our research on the patterns of the Sarakatsani and how these patterns can be applied onto a variety of surfaces, using the artistic method known as silk-screen. The event took place at the Ε.Δ.Ω. Art Space, in Keramikos, Athens.
World Wide Storefront
In September 2014, microgeographies was one of the ten selected projects to be featured on World Wide Storefront. WWSf was an initiative to provide a simultaneous, multi-locus of alternative spaces around the globe and a digital platform for the expression and exchange of latent desires within contemporary art and architecture practices. Our artwork for the WWSf project was an installation at the microgeographies space in Pangrati, Athens. The installation was an attempt to depict memory: a detail from a Sarakatsani woman’s apron was captured, edited and then transferred to the public space, printed onto the door of a now empty office space. This artwork was dedicated to the place’s owner, “for good luck and for beauty…”
A.S.O.M.A. (Scattered Open Museum of Attica)
As part of Art Athina – one of the oldest art fairs in Europe, we created an installation in the area of Keratea, outside of Athens. The installation was based on Sarakatsani iconography – a representation of memory featuring the simple archetypal patterns of this nomadic tribe. The Sarakatsani symbols were not just images but talismans for good luck and beauty and this is exactly what we tried to convey in this work.