I got an e mail today;

cofWe would like to invite you to an exhibition focusing on the loss of memory through the destruction of the ancient art of wooden ship building.

The exhibition is called The Boats We Hurt and is being dedicated to the few remaining traditional wooden fishing boats being left intact from the major destruction of their fleet. 13.785 out of 17.000 caiques have been destroyed since European Union, in 1992, issued a program of getting hold of the fishing permits by reimbursing the fishermen’s with large amounts of money if they handed in their boats to be totally destroyed, supposedly in order to combat overfishing.

This rule is completely illogical since the small boats are not the ones responsible for it, instead they are part of an ancient tradition of respecting the sea and its treasures, they are very robust and can be extremely resilient for decades to come, plus they are all hand-made by famous artisans of the sea that pass on their skills from generation to generation.

Our contemporary art exhibition aims to affiliate the public with the plight of the caiques so as the authorities could end this sad situation and instead give incentives for the ship owners to change the status of their boat instead of destroying a real work of naval art and architecture. It is being organized by the art platform Event Horizon and the Municipality of Scopelos and is being curated by Faye Tzanetoulakou and Tzimis Eythimiou.

More than 100 artists created works on the beauty and the demise of the tradition of the fishing boats that are the jewels of the picturesque Greek ports and its beautiful islands.

The opening is on Saturday 14/09 20:00 – 22:00 in the VAKRATSA museum.

The exhibition will be until 26/09

Hours : Daily 10:00 – 13:00 and 18:00 – 22:00

 The mayor of Skopelos

Stamatis Perissis

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