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Petr Shevchenko is a really good friend. Together we’ve had many laughs; he is kind-hearted and is always there to listen and encourage me. He is an amazing artist and I truly adore his art that channels so much spirituality and magic! His great talent will be showcased in a collateral event in this year’s Venice Biennale. Petr was born in Russia and raised in Switzerland and has been living in Athens for the past eight years, because he finds Greece wildly inspiring and loves its culture and people (Yes, he does!). He never ceases to remind me of the beauty of my own home country in fluent Greek, as he has become an avid speaker, turning our chats bilingual. I’m certain that many future interviews about him, will follow.
This is the story of an artist, who is seriously in love with her home country, Greece, its rich tradition & folklore and… its fishing boats! I was honestly amazed by this young girl’s deeds and positive outlook on life, who found herself disembarking the 2:00 AM sea-jet on Schoinoussa, wearing bright fuchsia pants and looking out of place, only to win the hearts and respect of the local community within a few months! Christianna Economou (@chrieco29) in collaboration with “Agoni Grammi Gonimi”, a platform that designs and implements educational and social programs in remote areas of Greece, is reviving & documenting local traditions and crafts in the Small Cyclades. Her creations, fishing boats named “Fearless Boats / Καράβια Που Δεν Φοβήθηκαν”, are becoming symbols of local customs re-invention and serve to remind us that we should always appreciate and reflect on a country’s history and past… and that the best journeys in life are made on “Fearless Boats”…
Sisters Niki and Zoe Moskofoglou are the incredibly talented, contemporary marble designers and sculptors of on•entropy. I’ve known them for many years and I have witnessed their creativity develop and constanlty peak, leading them to represent Greece in the first ever London’s Design Biennale, themed “Utopia by Design”.
I’m so proud to write about K-Studio, an architecture firm based in Athens, Greece, not only because it was established by UCL graduates, Dimitris and Konstantinos Karampatakis, whom I have known since childhood, but more importantly because it has created some astonishing, well-known projects, both locally and internationally. To me, their work over the years is a testament that the Greek talent has no limits. And that creative experimentation and fresh thinking can lead to exciting architectural experiences on every scale and in all aspects of life.
This post has been long overdue… A couple of months ago, I had the awesome opportunity to go to the opening night of Ai Weiwei exhibition in Athens, and get to meet the eminent artist himself!
Scrolling instagram one day, my jaw dropped when I came across this Amorgos summer house, designed by Athanasiadis Architects. Luckily, Alexandros Athanasiadis is a friend of mine, so I called him up and grilled him about this project.
This summer, August began with the Exhibition Launch Party of John Armleder in Mykonos, initiated and presented by Christos Economou, in collaboration with Nicolai Frahm. I loved the brazilian drum parade that signaled the opening and walked passed John Armleder’s work, giving it somehow a third dimension.
A few days ago, I had one of my most unforgettable nights…! I went to the Ancient Theater of Epidaurus, an enchanting place like no other, that beams with energy and thousands of years of history. I was lucky enough to sit right in the first row (huge gasp!), so close to the stage and watch the best theater play I have seen so far!