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Ariadni Tzika

2018/19 Heraklion

Ariadni took her undergraduate degree in History and Archaeology. Volunteering work in regional Museums and a placement in Spain were opportunities for her to recognise weak points in the arts sector, particularly in the communication between society and artistic practice (beyond the enjoyment of visual art). This motivated her to broaden her studies, aiming to help create an alternative future for institutions and assist them in taking a more sociocultural direction. Hence, she continued with her MA in Art History and Curatorial Studies. While co-curating her first exhibition ‘Three Models for Change’ in the UK, she experienced the inherent connection between art and society. This was a turning point in her own curatorial practice. Reminded of the appreciation of her own country and the island of Crete, she further directed her interest in a more activist approach. This perspective is based on the idea of combining examination of environmental, societal and political issues through the provision of various communal activities that can take place outside of museums and gallery spaces. The main objective of these activities is to create ‘contact zones’ aiming for a more coherent society that does not shy away from the struggles of cultural assimilation.

Phase I

Capacity building in Germany

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Sep - Nov

Project Title

Botanical Roots

The project is creating a Botanical garden as a bond between the local people and refugees/migrants.

One of Crete’s merits is that it can be regarded as a Botanical paradise. Its geomorphology and the unique diversity of ecosystems ensure a rich heritage of endemic flora. On the other hand, over the last few years the number of refugees and migrants arriving in the island has accelerated, and their absorption into the local culture can be hard. Therefore, to counterbalance this problem by linking it to one of Crete’s assets, my aims is to establish a Botanical garden, that will help with the integration of refugees. Refugees in collaboration with
locals will create a garden that will combine plants and herbs from both native flora, and those from different ethnicities. This will be accompanied with a storytelling of these people and the creation of a ' Dummy photobook'.

Host Institution

Other Music Academy

The Other Music Academy (OMA) is our vision of a new kind of social institution, an Empowerment Center. The OMA works towards an inclusive society in which people of the most diverse backgrounds have an active role in shaping culture. The OMA is located in Weimar, East-Germany and, together with international and regional participants, redefine the function of an old 5-storey school building. The OMA is an interdisciplinary project platform, runs a café and performance space, ateliers, a garden and works with a regional through an international network of cultural activists.

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