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De Materia Magica


Irini Gonou is a Greek artist whose work portrays elements of healing and protection within ancient traditions from different cultures.

De Materia Magica is a paraphrase of the wellknown manuscript of Dioscurides De Materia Medica where the physician, pharmacologist and botanologist writes down the characteristiques and the healing vertues of the plants all around Mediteranean Sea regions.

 evident in the artist’s work. The Protective Cloths are made of herbal dyed cotton, linen textiles and antique Indian silk. The inscribed reeds attached on them are some kind of amulets. In many traditional societies all around the world, the written word is believed to provide protection as well as the cloth is believed to be a protective living thing, recording life. Charged with the protective properties of the written reeds and permeated with the plants extracts, the Protective or Apotropaic Cloth emits protection, a kind of cloth-shield to ward off evil intentions.

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το χέρι της Κλεοπάτρας το γύψινο φυλαχτό και μια κατασκευή

kleopshand1                                                    το χέρι της Κ Continue reading

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The blue procession, Mapping a metaphorical journey

big blue cloth

The blue procession is an art experience taking place during the journey to Kaloritsa, following the trail leading from Bazaios Tower up to the ruins of the Byzantine monastery on the hill of Prophitis Ilias nearby. The artist Irini Gonou as a pilgrim is mapping the metaphorical journey in its proper space, marking his physical and spiritual territory, during the walking process.

In the realm of the ritual the amuletic aspect of the cloth is reaching its essential property. Equally protective the blue color evokes at the same time the spiritual search in the Mediterranean culture. Tracking the path along with the blue plant dyed cloths attached to the shrubs the protective power of the cloths is extended to join the plant’s natural ability of revival. Individual or collective the “path” is the metaphor of the pilgrim’s inner journey.

At the end of the trail there is a well hidden natural cave converted into church with frescoes dating from 9th to 13th c. Over the cave and around there are arches and alcoves, abandoned remains of the Byzantine monastery.

The Big Blue Cloth hanging in an alcove of the Byzantine ruin is marking the end of the path. Made out of cotton fabric dyed in blue and other natural materials attached on it, the Big Blue Cloth functions as a big amulet while at the same time is a nod to the annual circle of life, fertility, environmental balance and agriculture, a vital domain of the island’s activities.

The blue procession as an art experience-journey will complete the Fantasma art experience and will remain at the site of Kaloritsa from 23/5 up to 28/9/2017.

Πύργος Μπαζαίου από την Καλορίτσα- Bazeos Tower view from Kaloritsa


Fantasma Art Experience

Curator: Mario Vazaios

Bazaios Tower 12 km on the road from Chora to Agiassos

Visits every day from 10:00 to 17:00

Tel: 22850 31402

Ε. naxosculture@gmail.com



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P h a n t a s m a


Art Exhibition

Bazeos Tower – Naxos

June 3rd – September 28th, 2017

Daily: 10:00-17:00


Phantoms may disappear with the light of day but that is not the case with the phantasmagoric world of art created by five artists of different origins, in the evocative interiors of the Bazeos Tower, built in the 17th century, and in the surrounding countryside of inland Naxos.

The artists:

Irini Gonou (GR)     https://irinigonou.gr/

Miyuki Kido (JP)  http://fresh-winds.com/miyuki-kido/

Yorgos Papafigos (GR)  http://yorgospapafigos.com/cv

Collin-Mura Smith (USA)  http://fresh-winds.com/collin-mura-smith/

Manuela Zervudachi (FR)  http://www.manuelazervudachi.com/

travel around the island and are hosted for a time in the Bazeos Tower, where they work on and render, each by their own personal means (painting, sculpture, video, installations) the concept of ghost, illusion, the unfamiliar, the imaginary, giving form through their works to a universe that shifts away from realism and ordinary reality, towards allegory and symbolism.

Disregarding the sun, the bright sun of summer, they entice us to look behind the self evident, into the darkness, to sense the invisible, to confront fear, desire, eroticism but also to range the countryside, trailing age-old earthly tracks that lead to forgotten relics.

Last summer’s successful conjunction of seven international artists at the Bazeos Tower, resulted in the passionate and creative narrative of the New Mythologies exhibition. This year, the artistic collective is renewed with new collaborators from Greece, France, Japan, and the United States. These are artists possessed by a spirit of collectivity and a desire to draw inspiration from the energy and spirituality which the surroundings emit.

The experience of living in the old tower, socializing with the locals, contact with the island’s natural environment and the physical elements available, the light and wind, are some of the components that are molded with the artist’s talent and transformed on site into a work, an in situ installation. The outcome is experiential and amenable to a metaphysical approach, and more.

The tower and its artworks, the 9th century ruins of the Byzantine monastery of Kaloritsa on the adjacent hillside, the trails leading through fields to ancient monuments, discretely signalled by the artist’s interventions, become passages for getting away from the here and now, projection screens of thoughts and feelings.

They evoke from the unconscious the shadow each of us is afraid to face, bring about the reconciliation and integration of the fragmented self.


The exhibition is accompanied and complemented by a theatrical performance and nights of readings.


Curator: Mario Vazaios

Vice Curator: Klaus Pfeiffer

Organiser: AEON Non Profit Cultural Organization



Bazeos Tower, 17th century’s monument. 12th km of Chora-Agiassos road

Tel.: +30 22850 31402




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ίχνη γραφής, το χοϊκό σώμα της λέξης


Ένα workshop που σκοπό έχει την εξοικείωση με οικεία και ανοίκεια αυτοσχέδια εργαλεία από φυσικά υλικά και την χρήση τους στο χαρτί καθώς και την εξερεύνηση, παρατήρηση, αξιοποίηση και ένταξη των αποτελεσμάτων τους στην προσωπική πορεία καθενός από τους συμμετέχοντες.

Κατασκευή αυτοσχέδιων εργαλείων – η μελάνη – σχήμα, ρυθμός – γράμμα, λέξη – σύνθεση.

 Κατασκευή αυτοσχέδιων εργαλείων – Φυσική μελάνη

Παρατηρούμε τα ίχνη των αυτοσχέδιων εργαλείων πάνω στο χαρτί

Ψάχνουμε σχήματα  και ρυθμούς

Εξελίσσουμε τα ίχνη-σχήματα σε γράμματα και ολοκληρώνουμε σύνθεση με μία ή περισσότερες λέξεις

Ορίζουμε ένα σχήμα-κάδρο και αναζητούμε συνθέσεις εκμεταλλευόμενοι όλα τα προηγούμενα στοιχεία.

Τα ίχνη της συγκίνησης και της επικοινωνίας, η γραφή ως εικόνα και σύμβολο.

Σεμινάριο-Workshop  επι-Γραφές: Το σώμα της λέξης

Διατμηματικό, διαδραστικό και διαπολιτισμικό εργαστήριο

 Η καλλιγραφία σωματοποιείται,   τα υλικά της γραφής


Πέμπτη 16 Μαρτίου

Η καλλιγραφία σωματοποιείται:το χοϊκό σώμα της γραφής

16:30 – 18:30: Ειρήνη Γκόνου (εικαστικό εργαστήριο)

19:00 – 21:00: Μαρία Γιαγιάννου (θεωρία)


Παρασκευή 17 Μαρτίου

Οι τέχνες συναντιούνται:το κοινό σώμα λέξης & εικόνας

16:30 – 18:30: Μαρία Γιαγιάννου (θεωρία)

19:00 – 21:00: Ειρήνη Γκόνου (εικαστικό εργαστήριο)

Σάββατο 18 Μαρτίου

Οι λέξεις σημαίνουντο τυπωμένο κείμενο & οι λέξεις που μας ενώνουν

12:00 – 13:00: Video reading (Συνομιλία online, με παράλληλη μετάφραση, με την Ιταλίδα συγγραφέα στο πεδίο της πειραματικής λογοτεχνίας, Mariangela Guatteri, με αφορμή το πρότζεκτ της «Tavola delle materie»).

13:00-14:00: Η Τυπογραφία χθες και σήμερα (Εισήγηση για τον σημαντικό τυπογράφο Φίλιππο Βλάχο και ξενάγηση στο τυπογραφείο του εκδοτικού οίκου Γαβριηλίδης από τον Φοίβο Βλάχο)

 14:00-15:00: Στρογγυλό τραπέζι (Συνομιλία με τους εκπαιδευτές, τους συμμετέχοντες και το κοινό)

Χώρος διεξαγωγής σεμιναρίου:

Βιβλιοθήκη Βολανάκη/ White Rabbit, Στουρνάρη 11, Εξάρχεια

Οργάνωση: “Labirinto: Culture e Civiltà Mediterranee







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working at yeroplatanos, in naxos, some years before


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