one hundred times more, 2017
In 27 December 1899, George Afentakis (coming from Kimolos island in Cyclades) let a testament of 100.000 gold drachmas for the construction and maintenance of an asylum for the poor, abandoned and shipwrecked elders. The Asylum for the Poor, later called Afentakeio, was designed in 1932 by the architect Georgios Dragasikis and the construction was complete in 1950. In 2013, after 63 consecutive years of operation and 114 years after Afentakis' testament, the board of Afentakeio legacy decided to suspend the operation of the nursing home in Kimolos, because of financial difficulties.
For the interactive installation titled trace over [a space in 100 pieces], the original 1932 Afentakeio nursing home floor plan by Georgios Dragasikis was enlarged and then broken down to 100 pieces. In August 2015, visitors and residents of Kimolos' village were invited to interact by tracing over the deconstructed parts of the terrace plan, on pieces of wood, using pens, pencils and carbon. A total of 100 people participated, capturing their different kinds of line-traces. Finally, the wooden puzzle was re-assembled by visitors and passers-by on the floor of the Watchman bar, in Kimolos. For more information and documentation on this interactive installation follow this link http://leapetrou.info/works/traceover/traceover.htm
Both single edition books are specifically hand bound in collaboration with the bookbinder Eva Biza. All works related to the nursing home were exhibited in Kimolos island village during July - August 2017.
Starting points, 1 building, 3 sculptures and 1 documentary,
Many thanks to
the municipality of Kimolos island, Andriani Ventouri and Maria Gouveli for the support, mr Nikos, mrs Ntina and Eva for hosting the final installation at Niko's balcony tavern, as well as all the rest of the project's participants and supporters during the last 3 years.
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