SOMA architectural and environmental infrastructure is derived from the re-inhabitation, reuse and activation of abandoned buildings in the area of Keratea, the incorporation into the everyday life of the community of deserted archaeological sites or locations with a special significance for the local community s. The archaeological site of Ovriokastro, antiquities that lie by the road, ancient masonry or architectural elements built into latter-day houses and garden walls, the ‘Impregnable Castle’ of the roadblock at the 45th km of the Athens-Lavrion road, the Cultural Space of “Xrisi Tomi”, the headquarters of the “Mnesimache” Women’s Cooperative, local houses and two abandoned buildings from the old local railway come together in a network of sites, landscapes and routes that make up the S.O.M.A. The venues for every event, exhibition or workshop vary depending on the availability of the site.
Venues of EXHIBITION I, June 2015
- IMPREGNABLE CASTLE
The “Impregnable Castle” of Keratea’s road block is located at the 45º klm of Athinon-Lavriou ave (traffic light BIOPA). The site has become a landmark of the struggle of the 128 days (11/12/2010 to 18/4/2011) of Keratea’s residents towards the landfill scheduled at the archaeological site of Ovriokastro.
- KERATEA TRAIN STATION
The Athens-Lavrion railway line operated until 1957. Now next to the train lines stand the ruins of the building of the Electricity Company of Keratea, the abandoned train station, and the cypresses.
- STEFANOS ATHANASIOU RESIDENCE
Neoclassical house near the main square of Keratea. It was built by Dr. Jacob Tatarakis from Milos who served as Mayor of Keratea (1898-1914).
- CHILDREN’S LIBRARY
Housed in a neoclassical building of DROSOPOULOS, together with the Municipal Conservatory of Keratea. Its owner P. Drosopoulos (Ntemiris) was Mayor of Keratea (1870 to 1882) and collaborator of I. Serpieri (owner of the French Company of Lavrion). There is a recently restored ceiling paintings by Bilancioni (originated from Rimini, hometown of Serpieri).
- ELENI ZAROLIANGI RESIDENCE
The traditional house of Eleni Zaroliangi is located at 5 Kyprou str. It is a characteristical Mesogeian residence with a big yard and a wine press. It retains a permanent collection of artworks (of artists including Yiorgos Angelis, Najia Frangouli, Thymios Panourgias as well as of students of the Athens School of Fine Arts that participated at Keratea Art Resistance Festival).
- LEFTERIS VOYATZIS RESIDENCE
In its courtyard there is an ancient relief of 5th century B.C. embedded in the wall. The relief was found in a local vineyard.
- Meeting Place of “Xrisi Tomi”,
The building was built in 1887 in Keratea’s Central Square. It has changed several uses (café, cinema etc.) including its initial use as a hotel. Today it houses the Association of Intellectual and Cultural Activity of Keratea “Xrisi Tomi” and hosts its library, seminars and events. It hosts an exhibition that is consisted of archival material from the resistance of the residents of Keratea against the landfill the last 17 years, archival material from Keratea Art Resistance Festival held between 8-10 April 2011 and art works of artists including the artists Vangelis Gokas, Dimitris Gizinos, Angela Svoronou, Yiannis Theodoropoulos, Kostas Tsolis and Vasilis Vasilakakis among the permenant collection with works of local artists Dimitris Kanellopoulos, Konstantinos Kontis, Yiannis Trouboukis and Tassos Xatzis.