Panos Charalampidis & Mary Chairetaki

2014 - 2019

“Cornucopia” (horn of plenty), is a personal artistic research on the Lassithi plateau’s elusive identity. Lassithi plateau, situated at 840m ASL on the island of Crete, is a natural fortress with a particularly fertile land, surrounded by mountains. First inhabited during the Neolithic age, it became a major cult place of the Minoan civilization. This rich land, which has nourished the inhabitants of Crete for centuries, is the same place that according to myths, Zeus was born in a cave there and it is also considered to be the bridal bed of Europa.

Being part of a continent that gallops towards an unknown future, we investigate the contemporary imagery of a lost link, that is part of the core mythology of Europe, seeking the possibility of the existence of a place’s resilient identity, that can only be found on the verge of the imaginary.

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