The photographs of Greek artist Stratis Vogiatzis will be shown for the first time in Milan by the Hellenic Cultural Foundation and innovative Greek home furnishings company COCO-MAT, who at their Milan showroom will display 15 photographs from the “Inner World-Suspended Memories” collection. The exhibit is curated by Afrodite Oikonomidou. The project was created between 2007 and 2010 in the mastic villages of the island of Chios, Greece.
After having worked in various countries throughout the world, Vogiatzis returned to his beloved homeland and revisited the places from his childhood.
With his camera he captured a piece of Aegean traditional culture, revealing the hidden world of the so-called “Mastihohoria” of Chios: 24 Medieval villages that became rich and famous thanks to the cultivation of a small tree that releases “tears” of an aromatic resin that was widely used in the 14th century.
In the modern age, however, mastic lost its commercial popularity and inhabitants emigrated, leaving entire villages abandoned.
Homes, coffee bars, shops, wine cellars, and schools became forgotten places of a traditional culture, places suspended in time and in collective memory.
The photographer uses his sensitivity and his talent to explore these places without being invasive.