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Water Dragon of Venice – Exhibition in Zadar


Water dragon of Venice project was firs time presented in Galerija Fotografija Ljubljana and galleria of Italian Institute in Ljubljana 2015.WDV project was inspired from Venice lagoon. I spend a year there living on the boat since  I wanted to anchor new period of my life, but it turned out differently. Lagos inspired me to sail on into the seas of Mediterranean and connect in new ways… MED Land project followed…

Time-space-awernes cristalized in form of images is a record of ritual that starts with questions “WHY AND WHAT”  I know I am interested in spaces/places (like Venice lagoon, Mediterranean  islands,..) perceiving them as a living organisms, the sources, geniuslotci of evolving life on it. 

Venice was in the past mastering Mediterranean. The goods are not any more coming over the sea, but the sea itself is still giving the rhythm of life in the lagoon, six hours in…six hours out…

Somehow naturally WDV project evolved in MED Land project. Therefor in Zadar exhibition, an installation of photos, drowings and ceramic sculptures are expressing dimensions beyond Venice, as fare as Aegean islands and seas, as well as element of air.

About WDV project :

The series of photographs was created mainly in the period from July to December 2013 They are a reflection of my connection with the causal-elemental nature, and my search to connect with the active primal points of the space. In the past, the Venetian civilization was already attuned to many of these places, but some of them were once dormant. 

The images are stories – imprints of the pulse of life, which is not explicitly visible. They were revealed to me in a more material, conscious form, through photos. Through the process of the search-tuning-taking photos, I became conscious of new secrets of (my) world. I’m passing them forward not as facts, but only as information, reflecting my actual self. I am not alone in the universe. I interact with so many manifestations around me and within me, consciously or subconsciously. For me, the Dragon2 of Venice is primarily a water dragon… Life-water, Air-water, Fire-water and Earth-water, they are four of the pervading elements of the Dragon being.  >> more

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Water Dragon of Venice

>22. 1. 2016<

GALERIJA FOTOGRAFIJA Ljubljana / 19thJanuary-20February 2016

The series of photographies were created mainly in the period from July to December 2013, and after.

They are reflection of my connection with causal-elemental nature, and my search for active primal places of the space. In the past Venetian civilisation was already tuned with these places. Photos I see as records/stories, which were revealed to me. They are stories of life pulse, which is not explicitly seen. Through the process of the search-tuning-taking photos I became conscious of new secrets of (my) world. I’m passing them forward.

For me, Dragon** of the  is first of all water dragon…Lifewater, Airwater, Firewater and Earthwater are for pervading elements of the dragon being. Dragon, with whom I connected, I could identify on certain placed in the Lagoon: on Torchello, Giudecca, San Lazzaro, San Servolo, Burano, San Francesco del Deserto, these water vastnesses, where I stayed for longer.

**Dragon – casual world of elemental life pulse of the Gaia; planet Earth.

Venice is the place, where I get married with the water. First days of July 2013, I again sailed back into Lagoon. From 1978 onward, in the period of more than 30 years, I spent all together more than one year living in Venice. In this time, I created photographies for four books of Marko Pogačnik, for three journalistic projects and for two art projects.

from 26 of January 2nd part exhibition was opened in Italian Institute for culture in Slovenia, Ljubljana, Breg 12. In the gallery of the Institute, photographies of Bojan Brecelj are complemented with 32 drawings of Marko Pogačnik: The sound of Church of San Giorgio Maggiore and other drawings of Venice.

Water Dragon of Venice, Med Land Project

Self-published art book: Water Dragon of Venice
Limited Edition of 123 signed and numbered copies
150 x 220 mm / Hardcover, Leporello binding, Handmade, inkjet prints on archive paper / 26 pages
Date of publication: 2016


In the deep past of Gaia’s evolution, “sparks“, asteroids … certain information from distant stars and galaxies … sparked the evolution where dragon forces developed as a living conscious form of Gaia. Venice is the place where I get married with the water. From 1978 onward, in the period of more than 30 years, I spent more than one year all together living in Venice. During this time, I created photos for four books by Marko Pogačnik, three journalistic projects and two art projects. In the first days of July 2013, I sailed back into the Lagoon … In my world, water is the essence of life or life itself – forming, transforming and sustaining structure which holds information. The rhythm, the processes and the motion of water is actually the presence of rivers – like the Nile, the Ganges, the Sepik, the Amazon – the presence of the lake … of the sea … and of the Venetian Lagoon … The Lagoon is one of my prime spaces to “sink” into the element of water.

Notes from September 30, 2013: the pull of the water … the connectivity with the seas … the information-inspiration that the water brings from the sea and rivers AND is exchanging over the water … AND not to forget that we are also water… but … here in Venice, in MY world, I started to recognize that the living being of the Lagoon water is actually dead, or at least very sick … this fact did not get into my living consciousness so easy … what is happening with me, as water self, while touching the water of the Lagoon… the basic relation with the underwater – the very source of life – is hardly connected to the elemental water, perceived as a life structure or intelligence, co-creating information and instantly passing them to the “almighty waters”. Water can carry countless information. Water transforms/regenerates very quickly. Water exists within and around us practically everywhere … water makes love each day with trillions and millions of sunbeams – beings from the sun – millions per second in one droplet … all of us, in fact all matter, contains water, with very small exceptions such as diamonds. Our connectedness – ONENESS – is physically manifested through water, which can transfer the information practically through everything, including the atmosphere, the soil … Everything contains water! We are water – the essence of life – and water in its sub molecular form “contains fire” and evaporation is a constantly present process. Now, in 2013, the Venetian Lagoon did not let me overlook itself, the very being – Lagoon, which lives in its space/canals, in the area of 550 km2. The Lagoon is constantly moving water. The sea moves in, in a strong current, six hours in and six hours out… and from the land, three rivers are blending in. The Lagoon is like a river, a natural complex being, continuously inspiring and feeding. The pattern, the current, the information that accumulates, transforms, dissolves, shares with the surrounding life, is actually the essence of what I mean by river, lake, sea, lagoon, stream … Venice was a republic for 1000 years (726–1797), and for 700 years, every year the Doge performed the most important ritual, “marriage with the sea”, a marriage of the Venetian Republic with the mighty living waters of the (Mediterranean) sea … by giving a golden ring to the sea. Here in the Lagoon, through communication with the water, as well as with Ivana Petan, who gave me the awareness of the air, I became aware of the complex being-living presence of the Venice Lagoon, which I named The Water Dragon of Venice.

Bojan Brecelj

project /concept and photography/ by : Bojan Brecelj in collaboration with Marko Pogačnik and Ivana Petan


With the support of  Italian cultural institute in Slovenia (financial realisation of the exhibition and book)) and many others financially, morally and with their concrete involvement in the process: Anuša Homec, Jelka Brecelj, Marika Pogačnik, Barbara Čeferin (Galerija Fotografija), Mario Vidal, Andrea Tagliapietra, Japec Jakopin, Anne Durufle, Violeta Bulc, Barbara Stupica, Ken Marquand, Marko Paš, Miran Srša … 

Bojan Brecelj • translations and proofreading: Tadej Turnšek, Mateja Kralj • graphic design: Petra Petan • printing: David Tavčar-Artiko • bookbinding: Tiporenesansa andLuminus
published by Bojan Brecelj and Italian Cultural Institute in Ljubljana

Realization of exhibitions : Italian cultural institute in Slovenia and Galerija Fotografija

NEW BOOKs from Venice where it ALL started

Get your copy of the NEW photo book on Venice, featuring photographs taken in 2020, which will be officially released on May 7th. You can secure your copy if you are an active Patron of the MED Land project or shop on theMED Land page!


Venice is the tip of the Mediterranean and the starting place of the MED Land project. I lived in Venice on Nalu (the project boat) for a year, and the outcome was different exhibitions and the book ”Water Dragon of Venice”. Seven year later, I felt the urge, a call to come back and witness Venice again. THE RESULT IS ALREADY PUBLISHED IN a photo book with English text by Marko Pogačnik. This time, it was a a simultaneous call of two, Marko Pogačnik and me. No wonder, really, since we already collaborated on 5 book projects about Venice. During 2020, Marko has been visiting Venice mostly telepathically, and wrote and drew a completely new vision of Venice, titled VENEDIG – EMBRYO DES NEUEN ERDENRAUMS (VENICE – EMBRYO OF THE NEW EARTH SPACE). The second book, which is complementary to this one, features a selection of 92 full-page images which were also created in 2020. This 2-in-1 bundle is published  in German by Neue Erde.

The English version is a photo book with short introductory text by Marko. It is a limited edition of 99 copies and a very high-quality print. 

English Version - ONE book > 92 photos/144 pages 27x20,5 cm, hard cover: VENICE-EMBRYO OF THE NEW EARTH SPACE 

NOW is the right time to get involved in the very important 2021 chapter of the project.

Boy your own copy on MED Land>get involved and money will go all for the project to live on. 

The book is priceless and free, but you can contribute 32 EUR + flat price postage (SLO 4 EUR, EU 7 EUR, USA 12 EUR).

An EVEN BETTER option, however, is to became a PATRON on Patreon Page and get the book with a 10 USD contribution only by limiting your monthly contribution to one month.


Support the publishing of the next story!

Released by MED Land project / film, photography, editing: BB  text editing - proofreading: Tadej Turnšek, godfather of the story Barbara Ćeferin

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a few months ago

Venice update

on 29 of December 2019 

Marko Pogačnik (author of many books about Venice) and Bojan, had a day trip to experinc Venice.

Venice is birth place of MED Land project as well as the home for the first year of the project, which was dedicated to Venice -lagon resulting in exhibition-Water dragon of Venice and Self-published art book , second 
layout  Water Dragon of Venice – Exhibition in Zadar


                                                                                                                                                                                   the present, in a transitional, transit time ; the present, which is part of the process and changes to come, is already happening and announcing new relationships and new arrangements (also) in the beingness of Venice 


Campo San Via

taking photos were for me, part of the process to get in touch with :

disbanded space

air landscape - appearing somewhere in between water and earth (disintegrating) space

parallel realties that I felt also in the past, but not the same !

Venice (lagon) is vital from its own roots and like many other “special”, intensive, sacred  spaces, inspires me to connect to Earth in the time of changes


Giudecca- Chiesa di Sant Efemia




Giudecca- Chiesa di Sant Efemia-garden


 Giudecca-Chiesa di Sant Efemia-garden


Convento SS. Cosma e Damiano


Convento SS. Cosma e Damiano,


Chiessa dela Redentore -Giudecca






San Pietro di Castello


San Pietro di Castello


Chiesa della Madonna dell'Orto

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THE MED Land team, May–September 2019

THE TEAM; Eleonora Pauli, Laura Mangunda, Ivana Petan, and Ayane Tanaka


>>> Eleonora Pauli studied literature and languages in Berlin and Cambridge. She loves to listen, and encountered many new and inspiring sounds while travelling with Bojan on Nalu.  Eleonora works as a journalist in Berlin, Germany. She writes and produces short radio plays for Deutschlandradio, collects sounds for her next satirical commentary, or just walks the city streets with her microphone in her hand and her ears wide open.


She came to Greece and stayed with the project for the first two months! For me, it was a very bright experience from day one, a very creative, supportive and positive living and working time. She came with small audio and photo-film equipment, as an enthusiast for sound recording and with professional audio journalistic skills. It was very exciting, since I love the sound, too! And it was a perfect match to record (video and sound) “what was going on” during this two months:

Eleonora also did her part in the exhibition “BARKE” (Boats), which already took place in September at the Museum of Stari Grad, Hvar island. It was about the third element of the exhibition, image & soundtrack TRACES OF MEDLAND PROJECT 2019/1 a project on which the creation of this entire exhibition is built on. The soundscape was created by Eleonora!

laura-mangunda-med-land-projectLaura Mangunda, a law student from Slovakia was formally “the opposite world” from Ayane who was from Tokyo. But in reality, we had all common pools and very informal, easy-going, “MED land” active and challenging life. She was always ready to help and do things I wouldn’t even think of, from research to every task on the boat, transcribing, etc., and was always open to learning. “So young, so good “, could be the title of the song I would write about her!

bits from her fear-well letter;

Dear Bojandzi,

Thank you for this whole experience.

It has meant a lot to me. It has brought me to experiences and realizations that I didn’t expect at all … >>> MORE

ivana-petan-medland-team-may-september-2019Ivana Petan has been IN from the very beginning –from day one, when we sailed Nalu from Bari to Slovenia to restore the boat, back in 2010!

SINCE THEN, she has been continuously collaborating in every possible way, from doing repairs on Nalu, transcribing, supporting the financially and her unique ceramics, sailing on destinations. We also had 3 exhibitions together, related to the MEDLand project:

Dance with Mary – exhibition/installation

Water Dragon of Venice – Exhibition in Zadar

Exhibition “Barke” (Boats) by Ivana Petan – ceramics and BojanB – prints






Ayane Tanaka from Tokyo has been engaged in international business with the focus on marketing and corporate strategy. She had worked for a fashion agency in Paris as a marketing assistant, and got involved with MEDland project as a PR and strategic marketer, as well as a sailing crew member. She is interested in culture, gastronomy and sustainability, which she cultivated by travelling around the world and through various art and sports activities. She joined us on Ikaria and we finished our common trip in the Adriatic – on Hvar island, which took us 13 days. “The sailing journey in the Mediterranean for 13 days was sometimes extremely tough and very much lovely at other times, which gave me an intensive experience of understanding Mother Nature.



AND bojan >>making-a-story-bojan-brecelj-explanations


Dance with Mary – exhibition/instalation

>22. 7. 2017<

There is a dance going on! After the opening on 22 of July 2017, the Adriatic-Mediterranean space – between Venice and the Ionian Islands, the world that used to be in my conscious very much apart, started to resonate as more connected and related space… 

Gallery Stratiko /court of Dominican MonasteryIt is about the exhibition of photos and ceramics in Gallery Stratiko in Dominican Monastery, in town Paise or Faros or officially Stari Grad on Hvar Island with all its recordings of creative movement in space and time embodied in photos and ceramic pieces. It manifests a space, resonating between Venice and Ionian Island as connected space, passing the information through movements of water, air and subtle realms of new spaces/elements that can be touched… embodied in ceramic pieces.

Prints from Venice are part of a project and exhibition “Water Dragon of Venice” There are three elements in this exhibition. They are reflecting the tuning into the qualities of this part of the world, (in)dependent from the past, as here and now. More precise, installation/exhibition is actually reflecting the worlds of Bojan and Ivana, their dialogue with Adriatic Mediterranean space, as well as the resonance between themselves. There were actually two openings going on, the morning one for the morning people, and the evening one with the concert and special wine from Matko Zagalo /his story is published by MED Land Project /the concert was held by Jelena and Tomislav. /Jelena story is published by MED Land Project / The name of this exhibition/installation is Dance with Mary.Mary stands for the goddess of life that has three aspects, or three parts in her life cycle: white /as the innocent and bursting one/, red /as the ripe and creative period/, and black /as death and transformation/.In this installation, the third aspect of black Mary is prevailing. There is lot of movement present in the images as well as in the ceramic pieces. It is a record of a dance with the Water Dragons in Venice Lagoon, then, on the other side, with Olive Trees on Greek Ionian Islands, and with the elements in the vast space in-between, recorded in ceramic objects.Energy, created at the exhibition/installation, which emerges especially through visitors’ conscious observing of the “dance” in the images, in the pots. There is opening an awareness of the Adriatic Mediterranean space, that its distant points are every moment related. PS: dance evokes in me the connectedness in the space and time, let’s dance 🙂 

Olive tree from the Ionian Island, MED Land project, 2017, 55 x 40 cm -digital print on fine art photo paper:  (70 eur) / photo – special price for the exhibition period and those who are contributing, supporting and  following MED Land project. GALLERY 

Unique ceramic object are available at : ivanpetan.comPhotos are done in the lagoon of Venice and are part of the series Water Dragon of Venice project – limited edition 5, Digital print, lace mounting on acrylic glass, is available in three formats /101x67cm, 62x45cm, 45 x30 cm / at GALERIJA FOTOGRAFIJA in  Ljubljana, Slovenia: …and probably you do not know that in Dominican Monastery in Stari Grad lives one priest that also paints and writes, Fra Mario started a new chapter in the monastery, gallery and accommodation for quests like literates and people that are seeking contemplative environment. Monastery keeps also rear book examples in the renovated library.

More about the exhibition :

In the same distance from the northern and southern borders of the Adriatic, in the navel of Adriatic Mediterranean interweaving, there is Faros. Revived by Greeks and much later ruled by Venetians for 500 years, Faros is the navel of the Adriatic Mediterranean civilization.

From there, sailing across the Mediterranean, in the straight line towards the north, you land in the Venetian Lagoon, and sailing towards the south, in the same distance, you land on the first Ionian island Othonoi, where in the Kalypso Cave Odysseus lived with 50 nymphs for 20 years.MED Land project – photo project dealing with the Mediterranean identity – was born in Venice and acquired its first real shape in the land of Faros, which is at least 800 years older than Venice. The project is in progress, currently moving around the Ionian Islands.The exhibition weaves its way through three contents. Venice Lagoon, as the pre-source creative space, through water and primal forces (dragons), constantly stays connected with the rest of the Mediterranean, with all seas, waters…; with the Ionian Islands, that are deeply rooted in the constantly moving geological crack, going down 4000 meters under sea level. The Ionian Islands are full of olive trees! Since centuries, millennia, some of them from the time when the Greeks landed in the Faros bay. They dance their dance, woven from the stream of life, from the lightest breath to gigantic dimensions of Earth that move among the stars. They dance their creative dance through which the Earth’s cyclical and primordial wisdom is expressed in the flow of constant changes. Olive trees are the power and wisdom of this space. People of Ionian Islands are strongly connected with them; olive trees are that part of the family that never dies. The third or the first content of the exhibition I perceive as the miracle, created by ceramist Ivana Petan, here in Stari Grad for the second time. Her ceramic artworks are connecting me with a new place, a new element in which life develops; life waters connect and transfuses in a different way than “usual”. My perception of it is as something between the element of the earth and the element of the air. The easiest way for me to experience it is in the middle of the sea. Space there is freer and more contemplative.The exhibited sculptures of Ivana Petan I perceive as central and all encompassing, embracing the space between the Ionian Islands and the Venetian Lagoon, and at the same time, they speak of something that is present throughout the planet.Bojan BreceljBy hand, I’m building a certain and definite shape, a new space, in my mind still completely uncertain and undefined. My way of creating is often like this. I do not know where this shape will take me this time, it hovers in the conscious, not in my head, but in my hands that follow the intuition. Focused, I let myself be lead by the unknown. It is a relationship without words, a tactile relationship. Walking home, filled with a questioning feeling regarding my emerging work. Does harmony really live only in strict symmetry? Curious and confident, day by day, despite still rationally unknown and being born only in the moments of creation, I continue this path, mostly choosing recycled stoneware, which makes the color of the finished work a surprise, measuring the length of the work that fits my kiln’s width, coiling one piece of the stoneware on the other, shaping for hours and hours. Almost at the end of the work, the assured feeling of “this is it” is missing. I still question myself should I still reshape a bit up, down…or leave it like this? The mind hardly stays quiet. I aim to touch the right finish, perhaps I cannot reach it? And then, suddenly, there comes a decision “the end!”, which could have easily in some other moment be just one more pause in reshaping? Ivana Petan


People from all over the world visited the exhibition…The good reason is that in the same place -Dominican monastery in Stari Grad has also a Museum which is a popular stop for visitors to Hvar island.

At the very opening, actually, two openings in the same day Vinko Srhoj– professor at University of Zadar (Art of the 20th and 21st Centuries, Theory of Art, The Art of New Media, Art in the mirror of quotation – the mirror structure) was present. Vinko is also known for his critical texts about art, that were regularly published in scientific and popular publications. He wrote also his review about this exhibition! I like it very much and I wish to share it with you. If you do not read Croatian use google translate?

Vinko Srhoj at the opening.


Med Land projekt slovenskog umjetnika Bojana Brecelja kojemu se na fotografskoj izložbi u Dominikanskom samostanu sv. Petra Mučenika u Starom Gradu radovima u keramici pridružila njegova suputnica Ivana Petan, mogao bi se nazvati hodočasničkom plovidbom. Baš kao što se nekada prema Svetoj zemlji polazilo iz Venecije oplovljavajući Jadran i pristajući na njegovim razvedenim obalama, tako je i Bojan započeo svoje putovanje tragom Mediterana „kakav je nekada bio“, kao što kaže popularni slogan. Venecija kao početak i motivacijsko izvorište gdje je sa slovenskim umjetnikom Markom Pogačnikom svojedobno fotografirao njezine otvoreno-skrivene detalje u kojima je njegov suputnik pronalazio energijske kriptograme onoga što se ne vidi na prvi „turistički pogled“, dobila je svoj nastavak u jednom još drevnijem  gradu, grčkoj koloniji Farosu (Starome Gradu). Projekt završava  na Jonskim otocima, dodirujući mitska mjesta poput Odisejeva i Kalipsinog otoka Othonoia, a ono što ih povezuje nije toliko drevni mit koliko drevnost jedne autohtone kulture – maslin.

Maslina je svojim tisućljetnim životom (znamo da su neke masline tu od biblijskih vremena. Uostalom, nije li i Krist na Maslinskoj gori uzašao u nebo, baš kao što židovska eshatologija iščekuje da će prvi uskrsnuti oni koji su pokopani na njoj), od stabla s otoka Briuna kojega je starost oko 1600 godina, do kaštelanskih „starica“ i onih u Lunu na otoku Pagu, do grčkih otoka, postala suvremenicom mediteranskih kultura. Jednako kao i na istočnoj obali Jadrana koja danas pripada slovensko-hrvatsko-albanskoj morskoj transverzali, tako su i na jonskim otocima „ljudi s maslinama snažno povezani, one su onaj dio porodice koji nikada ne umire“ (B. Brecelj). Maslina na Bojanovim fotografijama antejski izvire iz zemlje i one najoskudnije, a tvrdoća njezina debla, kora koja je poput oklopa, tekstura koja podsjeća na kamen, rodnost koja se mjeri tisućljećem, ovo stablo čini pratiocem čovjeka, bićem s kojim su se generacije familijarizirale i kojemu je jedinom podarena vječnost. Bojanove fotografije nisu napravljene s namjerom da se divimo fotogeničnosti drevnog stabla za turističkog „safarija“ jadransko-jonskim otočjem. One su simboli iskonskog, onoga što ne opstoji u krajoliku i kulturi kao nešto privremeno, nego je dio njegova trajnog izgleda, nečeg poput pradavne forme bez koje je taj krajolik nezamisliv, odnosno neopisiv. Interakcija s čovjekom koji se ovdje ne pojavljuje, podrazumijevana je i dio je opće memorije odnosa i međuzavisnosti bića koja nastanjuju isti prostor. Zato je maslina arhe-stablo, povijest i samoga čovjeka, od čijeg je stabla, kao simbola vjernosti, izrađena Penelopina i Odisjeva bračna ložnica, dok je ulje ploda masline Homer uspoređivao s tekućim zlatom. Keramički radovi Ivane Petan imaju također nešto od arhetipskog u formi koja kao da stoji na počecima oblikovanja, prije negoli je nešto postalo posudom, vazom, uporabnim predmetom općenito. Uostalom, u njezinim valovitim „posudolikim“ oblicima ne možete staviti ni hranu ni tekučinu, jer nemaju dna. To su oblici potencijalne uporabljivosti, prototipovi posuda, ili kako sama autorica kaže, „na samom kraju izostane siguran zaključak ‘to je to’ (…) Napipavam pravi kraj, možda ga ne mogu dosegnuti? I odjednom padne odluka ‘kraj!’, koja bi u nekom drugom trenutku lako mogla biti tek još jedna stanka u obrađivanju“ (I.Petan). No i bez obzira na „nedovršenost“, ili sumnju u dovršenje, Ivanini su oblici jezgrovito svedeni, ne treba im daljnja evolucija, jer su dosegli jednaku organičku praizvornost kao i ona maslina koja nastanjuje mediteranski krajolik kao da je oduvijek tu, u jednostavnoj funkcionalnosti vječnog oblika.

                                                                       Vinko Srhoj

Vinko Srhoj text was a reference and quoted in Slobodna Dalmacija newspaper in an article about the exhibition. Read press release.

“The Last Days” & the first steps for a long-term art group project on the island of Ikaria

... Every day is the last day ...

These were the last days when the Coronavirus was still “safe in China”. Ivana Petan, Gregor Erjavec and Bojan left by ferry from Venice over the Adriatic to Greece, to do the first steps for a long-term art group project on the island of Ikaria in the Aegean sea.

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How to move, to touch, to live in times when moving and touching ...

Gregor Erjavec
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Why Ikaria at all? It was a matter of following instinct. We were doing a research (2018) on MED Land destinations when we came across Dr. Christodoulos Xenakis, a true master of love and compassion in action in his Ikarian way at his age of 80+! Now we are friends and doing things together ... Christodoulos and Ulysses traveling together ...

Ever since, Ikaria is like a lighthouse for me in relation to other islands, deeply connected to the creative pulses of Gaia, with the traces of 15,000 years of continuous presence of humans here. The awareness of this connectedness, as far as I can sense, is still present, and the pulse goes beyond the Mediterranean Sea to Middle East, Africa and Europe.

Our MED Land mission this time was related to the project of Marko Pogačnik and the team of geomancers and artists who were planning to do the stone land art installations project on the island in order to reinforce the connectedness and spread the message over the Mediterranean. Our task was to continue preparation work on determining the location(s) for the installation, connecting to some key places that are expressing the vitality of Ikaria, finding the right stones,  all in collaboration with the Ikarian team, artist Vangelis Rinas and Christodoulos Xenakis, the founder of the Association of Ikarian Studies. Ivana Petan, who collaborated in previous geomatic-art projects with Marko Pogačnik, was leading our field preparation tasks on the research of the geomantic aspects of the island, determining the location(s) for the installation and finding local stones that are also suitable for carving. Since Marko and the team could not come, we were doing some research while being telepathically connected, and it worked very well!


Ivanas notes about Drakano and the rock - in connection with the being of the rock, I feel the rock rising up into the sky, and in the red pillar connecting the earth and the cosmos. my back space opens, allowing me to enter the causal dimensions of archetypes and ancestors, giving me the “wings” by allowing the freedom to breathe with awareness of myself. in the vision the head of the serpent - the dragon appears to me, which tells me that this is the place of spiritual power - of wisdom that originates and grows from the heart. I look towards Samos and Turkey. I feel them close, very close; this announces me their energetical connection and co-dwelling with a rock and the space of Drakano.

Icarus has his spot on the south side side of the island, where legend can be understood also in the relation with island. The legend goes that Icarus did not obey his father and followed his call to fly, to explore new dimensions of life. Where and how he ended up is not the point of this legend. 

Marko, Ivana, Gregor an myself felt the importance of understanding Icarus as an archetype that maintains the meaning to this day,

Released by MED Land project WGO / photography
Editing: BB
Text editing / proofreading: Tadej Turnšek

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