Where the Wildflowers Grow
During the Greek Civil War (1946-1949), thousands of families were separated from each other and their homeland. In a governmental effort that was allegedly implemented to ensure the safety of minors, children aged three to fourteen were evacuated to countries in Eastern Europe. They became isolated from their families and homes and once the war was over, some children were never repatriated to their native environments.
Where the Wildflowers Grow portrays a place, in which the past continues to play a significant role in shaping its current state and atmosphere. This place is also the birthplace of a part of my family, which was forced to leave their home and never returned. The work is a journey through their homeland, showing the ongoing impact of an event that occurred more than seventy years ago.
It documents a landscape that was both affected but also historically significant during the Greek Civil War. Voluntary and forced migrations took place from the site throughout and after the conflict, slowly causing the present-day village to be almost uninhabited. Delving into the history of the environment, showing the remnants of migrations and past conflicts, the project captures the complexity behind the notion of home.
Greece / August 2019 - Ongoing
London College of Communication, Everything was Forever group show, 13/11/2019
Installation photos by Sheng Zhang