BABYLONIA IN NAFPLIO 2007 Group 1 (BAA_GR0201)

     
BABEL IN DRESS 

The Babel of people (various origins, idioms) in the play “Babylonia” is not only examined in terms of language(s) but in terms of appearance as well.  Every part of Greece has its own unique folk dress.  And every little village has its own variation of the region’s scheme.  Locals recognize variations as well as special codes incorporated in the dress’s layout (ex. married, widow, rich, poor etc.).  As long as this system works in its own boundaries, it works fine.  When parts of it move to the town of Nafplion and co-exist with other, Babel begins.  When brought to today, we would actually need some kind of “handbook” trying to understand and interpret all these strange characters.  Towards this direction, we are currently trying to photograph traditional costumes from all over Greece in modern Nafplion and then, set them up as if they would be part of some kind of strange newspaper.

 

 
 
Constantinos Zamanis, Eleftheria Zikidou, Sofia Papoulakou, Constantina Skourti, Dimitra Theodoridou, Greece  
University of Peloponnese