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MATI 23718

Exhibition 20-24/February 2023

It has been four years since the devastating fires of July 23, 2018 in the seaside Athens resort of Mati left horrifying images that the mind cannot erase. The fear and devastation of that day continue to haunt us...

As an artist deeply rooted in the memories of Mati, I am honored to share my journey of resilience and emotional expression through my latest exhibition, MATI 23718. This endeavor holds profound significance for me, as it symbolizes the strength I have garnered to confront and convey the profound emotions stemming from the devastating wildfires that struck my beloved community. Art has been my refuge, offering a means to navigate the intricate tapestry of loss and recovery. MATI 23718 is not merely a collection of artworks; it is a testament to my ability to transform adversity into a powerful narrative, a visual dialogue that speaks to the indomitable spirit of Mati. It is with great humility and gratitude that I present this exhibition, a cathartic journey that encapsulates the resilience of both my artistic expression and the community that inspires it.
Imagine Heritage initiated, organized, and executed a Culture Educational Green Project entitled “MATI 23718” in 2023 with partners and donors of the GreenFundGreece and Municipality of Kifissia. The project was an educational contribution of our organization to schools of the Community, using the artworks and installation of Multidisciplinary Artist & Imagine's Heritage co-founder Olga Soulachaki as an interactive space for understanding and reflecting on the different levels of disaster that happened in the Mati community.

Moreover, Imagine Heritage & GreenFundGreece organized a dialogue about the necessary policies for the better civic protection of natural heritage today. The municipality of Kifissia( northern Athens region) initiated a common planning for running a Green Youth Educational Programme.

A series of wildfires in Greece, during the 2018 European heat wave, began in the coastal areas of Attica, at Mati in July 2018. 104+ people were confirmed dead from the Mati fires. The fires were the second-deadliest wildfire event in the 21st century.

Mati was the place I spent most of my shinny summer days. I grew up there with my sister, my grandparents and my beloved uncle. I made friends for a life time...
This is a series dedicated to those who left and stayed.

20- 24 February 2023

Curator: Xypolopoulou Maria, PhD student in History Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne

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