NANUU, the Call of the Gioni

Irina Vosgerau

2019 - Ongoing

NANUU, the Call of the Gioni

(Work in progress)

A gioni (otus scops) is a bird with a characteristic song that sounds like a whistle “gioon”. In Greek myth a man who killed his brother out of resentment calling him as a bird every evening.

“Nanuu” is about the Beauty and the Hardness of surviving in relation to nature and its laws.

It is about listening to the values developed by communities who lived - and survived for generations - in remote regions. There, where the rules of nature and of community seem crucial, indistinct but in a magical way caring for its sustainability and survival.

It is about values I have been apprenticed to by my Greek origin, feeling them regulating life with severity but kindness. Passed on through myths and oral tradition, through songs and rituals, being taught in a non-abusive, non-binary way.

In nowadays post-technological times I feel them threatened, wounded, extincted but resisting in a permanent struggle for life, for dignity and freedom.

The pictures for “Nanuu” were taken following the backbone mostly of the Pindus Mountain Range, travelling on dirt roads off the beaten paths.

Irina Vosgerau, October 2019


“Nanuu” is a work in progress

The main subject of “Nanuu” has become – starting basicly as a project with philosophic approach – part of an uprising discussion in economical, social and cultural actuality on the discurs about so-called “Green Energy” investments by power producing industries in remote Greek regions.

«Maintaining the self-reliance and distinctive characteristics of a place, especially in pre-technological societies such as the Agrafa, is of paramount importance for human survival. This vicious cycle of development for development will not be addressed by the sophisticated technique but by another philosophy of life and development where technology will follow. The problem in our country is not the energy supply or the cheap current that investors are tempted to lure into, but something deeper. It is first and foremost a moral and moral reconstruction, a proper hierarchy of needs.» Giannis Kastritsis, Ass Professor of Painting / Florina School of Fine Arts

Materials: Photography, Diary, ArchivePhotos, Maps, Text, Sound

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