Is a journey to the inhabited islands of the Aegean consisting of a historiography of emblematic individuals, represented through images and accompanying texts, with the aim of preserving and commemorating the true essence of each island.
This project is a journey set out to uncover the untold stories of the people of the Aegean islands; observing the occupations at risk of becoming extinct and the local customs and traditions that are unique to each island. It is a long-lost dream that is ready to enter the realm of reality. It is the inhabitants of these islands who embody the heart and soul of the Aegean.
Through this project we seek to get to know these people, their faces weathered from the salt and honest gazes, and become part of their gripping stories told in the little traditional cafes (kafeneia) – spaces that are unfortunately becoming extinct and thus jeopardizing the existence of the many narratives that play out within them each day.
The coffee table book and a documentary that will emerge from this project, displaying the material collected from visiting around 80 inhabited islands of the Northeast Aegean – the Cyclades, the Sporades islands and the Dodecanese – will display a folklore identity since it serves to preserve fragments from the lives of the islanders.
The main idea behind this project is a modern yet traditional documentation of the lives of the people living on the Aegean islands. Intertwining a narrative of words and printing the photographs on paper in the form of a coffee table book will help to ensure these unique individuals and what they stand for is preserved forever. Whilst the video recordings, thematically in the form of episodes as well as collectively in the form of a documentary, will allow for the reproduction of the material for both televised media and internet content.
Moreover, in partnership with Katerina Papadopoulou and her band “Notio Toxo” – one of the most well renowned bands performing traditional music focused on sounds from the Aegean – who will create a series of sound and video recordings at unique locations across the Aegean islands – monasteries, caves, lighthouses or abandoned houses. Thus, incorporating traditional musical elements from each place with the aim of celebrating Greek heritage and culture as well as uncovering forgotten aspects of the Aegean.
*I would like to thank the people who have supported me a lot in all this effort and they are very important to the project.
Dimitris Sofikitis, Marina Nicoletopoulos, Tryfonas Klis, Katerina Papapostolou, Nikos Kanelopoulos, Vassilis Goutis, Nikol Andriotaki, Katerina Papadopoulou, Petros Sofikitis, Themida Sakellariou, Hermes Geragidis, Ismini Mavroidi
Last but not least, very special thanks to the author Ioannis G. Tsatsaris and his knowledge, observations and advice that has determined the approach and values of this project. It is the driving force of the project