WHAT'S THE CONCEPT
Transition Lands is a practice-based research project led by artist Antonis Maros. The scope of this initiative is to bring together cultural practitioners, scholars, activists and people living in remote communities to shape a conversation around confinement, land and identity.
At the centre of this project is the idea of producing performances, installations and land art works in historic sites that were once used as confinement places. Through these modes of practice, we explore behavioural responses to former detention environments and isolated communities.
The project was launched in December 2019 at the Tsitsanis Museum in Trikala Greece, a famous state prison repurposed as a public museum and research centre in 2016. Supported by the Municipality of Trikala and the Trikala Ephorate of Antiquities the exhibition was held in the premises of the museum including the archaeological sites and the old Prison Administration building.
The second exhibition of the project took place at the Museum of Democracy and the public space of Ai Stratis, a remote border Greek island which used to be an exile place for thousands of Greece's political dissidents. Two Worlds: Ai Stratis explored the relationship between the natural habitat and the historical memory of the isolated island featuring durational site specific performances, film screening and creative workshops.