Cornucopia (horn of plenty) is an artistic research on the Lassithi plateau’s elusive identity. Lassithi plateau, situated at 840m ASL on the island of Crete, is a natural fortress with particularly fertile land surrounded by mountains. First inhabited during the Neolithic age, it became a significant cult place of the Minoan civilization. This rich land has nourished the inhabitants of Crete for centuries. According to myths, it is the same land where Zeus was born in one of its caves and also considered to be Europa’s bridal bed.
Being part of a continent that gallops towards an unknown future, this work investigates the contemporary imagery of a lost link that is part of the core mythology of Europe, implying the possibility of the existence of a place’s resilient identity. An identity that can be found only on the verge of the imaginary.
Panos Charalampidis and Mary Chairetaki are a Greek photographic duo, living in Crete. Mary holds an MA degree and Panos has a Ph.D. They are intrigued by the potential of photographic art to act as a research tool that integrates the inherent evidential nature of the medium, with emotions and the human perspective. Their artistic work combines a strong personal approach with that of documentary and conceptual practices. They like to be committed to long-term projects, immersing in their subject’s world. They practice photography in order to understand. This procedure simultaneously serves -in parallel- their artistic expression. They are both co-founders of “The Provinces” collaborative platform.