Studies in Geology
APhF19, Benaki Museum, Athens, Greece, 2019
Studies in Geology (Lava Walls) (2017-18), plays upon the theme of natural history by utilising the unique feeling that standing into the world means embracing the simultaneity of extremes. The birth and emergence of the island of Cyprus and the Troodos mountain range (where the photographs were taken) is the result of unique and complex geological processes that lasted millions of years. Troodos, the largest mountain range in Cyprus, was created by volcanic activity at the depths of the ocean 90 million years ago. As we rise up to Troodos, the rock formations we come across are the same as those that we would have come across when going down to the depths of the oceans. Therefore, the geographical coordinates of the photographs reveal that we are located at Troodos, the highest peak of the island, whilst geologically we are located at the bottom of the ancient ocean of Tethys. Kallinikou, enthralled from the scientific narrative, traverses the mountain range following the paths where traces of lava can be found. The images that he creates seek to reveal the secrets of the rocks as they are submerged in the endless game of the multitude of matter and time.