Hadas worked on her on going, photographic project Transforming concerning the Holocaust of Amari and forced labour in the area during WWII. “The concept behind Transforming is to document … social transformation and the manner in which an historical catastrophe can become normalized or neutralized. The objective is to encourage observers to integrate their own historical knowledge into an everyday-oriented perspective and sensibilize them to the process of normalization, where experiences of violence are hidden or ignored and eventually re-absorbed and neutralized in everyday life. (…) History is at the centre of Tapouchi’s work but not as an abstract goal in itself, rather as an instrument to understand contemporary reality.”
Meeting scholars at the Institute of Mediterranean Studies in the city of Rethymno.
Researching the villages that were burned to the ground in 1944.
Mrs Maria agrees to be photographed in front of one of the houses where villagers were executed.
At the village of Smilés, that was destroyed and never inhabited again.
Picking cherries with Mrs Stella in Gerakari village.
The famous cherries of Gerakari village in Amari.
The monument for the victims of the 22nd August 1944 in Gerakari.
Photographing in Gourgouthi village that was totally destroyed by the Nazis.
With Prof. Kokkinakis who trully went out of his way to help Hadas’s research.
Discussing the project with fellow artist visiting for the day.
British long distance runner John Melbourne arriving in Gerakari. John finished first at the Heroes Ultra 2016 race that followed the tracks of Cretan partisans after they abducted Nazi General Kreipe. In retaliation the Nazis burned those villages down. They are the same Hadas photographed for her project.
Discovering a bunker in Tympaki
Artist talk at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Crete.
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