PPC_T / Farkadona at the 1st Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art with documentation and research material from the archive of PPC_T/Farkadona in the container in the harbor, and a series of interdisciplinary workshops at the Old Plump house.download further information in PDF format
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A community of Greek-Pontians repatriated from the former Soviet Union lives in the refugees camp in Farkadona (Larisa – Trikala District, Greece).
During the past two years PPC_T (a Greek group of architects, teachers, artists, media experts) started a participatory process of exploring ways for the rehabilitation and the incorporation of the community at the local society, economy and cultural life.
In this sense, the Farkadona case, as an experimental model can serve research the possibilities of working with this method also on the other communities that live more or less in the same context of marginalisation and “exception”.
PPC_T has then organized the workshop on participatory devices “Emergency case situations: Farkadona case”, taking place from the 2nd to the 23rd June 2006, with the participation of Love Difference, of Brazilian media activists working with free software, of the Gudran group from Egypt and of the Watercollection.net project.
The goal of this activity is to propose new tools for the expression and for the personal and collective growth of a ghettoized community, attempting to envision a final model that could contribute to the social incorporation of the community in the society of Farkadona.
In June 2006 some activities are taking place in the local cultural center (that's in process of reactivation): a multimedia laboratory based on free knowledge and free software (with Thiago Novaes and other Brazilian experts of the GAMB+I group), and two arts and crafts workshops with artists, to involve the women living in the settlement in artisanal production (jewellery with Aliaa El Griedy from the Gudran Foundation and clothes design/making with Walid Maw'ed from Watercollection.net) and commerce, through new ways of distribution, such as the “fair trade”.
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