Artistry and Allure: Hydra's Magnetic Appeal

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Dominique Foertig
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Hydra, Greece
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Ernst Koslitsch
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September 4, 2023
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Have you ever dreamt of stepping into an enchanting Greek paradise? Look no further than the captivating island of Hydra in the Aegean Sea. If you haven't already, it's time to make your way to this idyllic destination and experience the magic of Hydra for yourself.

Hydra has long been a magnet for artists and creatives drawn to its rugged landscapes, crystalline waters, and unique light that have inspired generations of painters, writers, and musicians.

Today, the island remains a popular tourist destination, offering pristine beaches, historic sites, traditional Greek cuisine, and an unhurried island life that beckons travelers from around the world. With donkeys and mules as the primary mode of transportation, Hydra seamlessly blends tradition and modernity, leaving an indelible mark on all who seek its timeless beauty and cultural richness.

Hydra: A Haven for Artists and Dreamers

Nestled in the embrace of the Aegean Sea, just a one and a half hour boat ride from Piraeus, lies the enchanting island of Hydra. To its devoted inhabitants and annual pilgrims, it's affectionately known as "The Rock." This is where my story begins, where the chapters of my life unfolded, and where I found the roots of my identity.

Dimitrios Antonitsis (Hydra School Projects) and I discussing serious matters of the day

When spring graces Hydra with its presence, the island bursts into vibrant hues, casting a verdant spell over its landscape. A lush, green paradise emerges, and it's easy to believe that this is the island's true form. But as the sun's embrace grows more intense, the magic of transformation unfolds.

Summer arrives, and the island sheds its spring attire. The once lush vegetation gives way to a rugged beauty. Bramble bushes, withered by the sun's relentless heat, now stand sharp as tiny blades, ready to cut sun-dried skin like parchment. This metamorphosis is nothing short of mesmerizing.

In memory of all the stars that come and go | Douskos Taverna Hydra

Hydra, in all its glory, is a place of stark contrasts. It possesses the power to nurture and destroy, to create grandeur and sow the seeds of ruin.

Countless tales have been woven into the tapestry of this island. Some who arrived here never left, forever captivated by its allure. Others, enticed by the flowing spirits and timeless charm, found themselves ensnared in bittersweet memories.

Goregeous home with incredible artworks. On the left an installation by the artist Christina Nakou

Hydra has long been a haven for artists, both seasoned and budding. Its rocky terrain, kissed by the unending blue of the Aegean, beckons creatives from all corners of the globe. Here, they gather around tables, bound by a shared love for this enchanting place.

They translate the island's essence into masterpieces on canvas and in musical notes, unleashing what’s hidden in the depth of their soul.

Takis from the Pirate Bar

Hydra fosters connections that withstand the test of time. In the small harbor, on sun-kissed beaches, and within beloved tavernas like Tasoula's, travelers become friends. You will find me at the Pirate Bar. It holds a special place, where the essence of the island comes together through conversations, shared meals, and newfound bonds.

Friendships solidify, some destined to last a lifetime, while others are sealed with a distant wave and an acknowledging smile. We consider ourselves blessed to be a part of this incredible place.

The Pirate Bar in Hydra is where you can find me


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Artistic Oasis and Serene Beauty

Returning to Hydra is akin to savoring something exotic, something that you can never have enough of.

The salty sea air caresses your face, the unparalleled beauty leaves you entranced, and the island's magic embraces you.

Magical sun sets at Hydronetta
Hydra isn't just a place; it's a fragment of my soul. Without it, I feel incomplete.
Discover Deste Foundation at Hydra Island with Dream machines , Slaughterhouse!
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Hydra may not beckon everyone, for Greece boasts over 2,000 inhabited islands, each with its unique charm.

But for those who seek deep involvement, where friendships are forged and souls are nourished, Hydra stands as an undisputed paradise.

We gather around tables to eat, drink talk and enjoy the laid back simplicity of Marinas Tavern as the sun goes down

I invite you to experience its beauty, to taste the sea air, and to let its enchantment weave its spell on you, just as it has for those of us who return, year after year, forever thirsting for more.

Vlychos after the sun has set

Vlichos is a charming coastal village located on the Greek island of Hydra. Situated on the northwest coast of the island, Vlichos is known for its serene and picturesque atmosphere. This small fishing village offers a more tranquil alternative to the bustling main port of Hydra Town.

Vlichos beach

Whether you're looking to explore the village, enjoy its beautiful surroundings, or simply unwind by the sea, Vlichos offers a delightful retreat on this enchanting Greek island.

Hydra, a gem in the Aegean Sea, is a Greek island renowned for its unique charm.

With a population of around 2,500 inhabitants, Hydra boasts a rich history that includes a pivotal role in Greece's fight for independence from the Ottoman Empire in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Sponge fishers on Hydra

The island spans approximately 50 square kilometers and stands out for its absence of motorized vehicles, creating a serene atmosphere where donkeys and mules are the primary mode of transportation. With its well-preserved stone mansions, cobblestone streets, and an artistic community drawn to its stunning landscapes, Hydra remains a captivating destination that seamlessly blends tradition with contemporary allure, leaving an indelible mark on all who visit.

Hydra by night

Read more about contemporary art and the exhibition "Dream Machines" at Deste Foundation Hydra Island

Artistry and Allure: Hydra's Magnetic Appeal

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Text:
Collaborator
Ernst Koslitsch
puplished on
September 4, 2023
Curator

Hydra has long been a magnet for artists and creatives drawn to its rugged landscapes, crystalline waters, and unique light that have inspired generations of painters, writers, and musicians.

Today, the island remains a popular tourist destination, offering pristine beaches, historic sites, traditional Greek cuisine, and an unhurried island life that beckons travelers from around the world. With donkeys and mules as the primary mode of transportation, Hydra seamlessly blends tradition and modernity, leaving an indelible mark on all who seek its timeless beauty and cultural richness.

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Hydra: A Haven for Artists and Dreamers

Nestled in the embrace of the Aegean Sea, just a one and a half hour boat ride from Piraeus, lies the enchanting island of Hydra. To its devoted inhabitants and annual pilgrims, it's affectionately known as "The Rock." This is where my story begins, where the chapters of my life unfolded, and where I found the roots of my identity.

Dimitrios Antonitsis (Hydra School Projects) and I discussing serious matters of the day

When spring graces Hydra with its presence, the island bursts into vibrant hues, casting a verdant spell over its landscape. A lush, green paradise emerges, and it's easy to believe that this is the island's true form. But as the sun's embrace grows more intense, the magic of transformation unfolds.

Summer arrives, and the island sheds its spring attire. The once lush vegetation gives way to a rugged beauty. Bramble bushes, withered by the sun's relentless heat, now stand sharp as tiny blades, ready to cut sun-dried skin like parchment. This metamorphosis is nothing short of mesmerizing.

In memory of all the stars that come and go | Douskos Taverna Hydra

Hydra, in all its glory, is a place of stark contrasts. It possesses the power to nurture and destroy, to create grandeur and sow the seeds of ruin.

Countless tales have been woven into the tapestry of this island. Some who arrived here never left, forever captivated by its allure. Others, enticed by the flowing spirits and timeless charm, found themselves ensnared in bittersweet memories.

Goregeous home with incredible artworks. On the left an installation by the artist Christina Nakou

Hydra has long been a haven for artists, both seasoned and budding. Its rocky terrain, kissed by the unending blue of the Aegean, beckons creatives from all corners of the globe. Here, they gather around tables, bound by a shared love for this enchanting place.

They translate the island's essence into masterpieces on canvas and in musical notes, unleashing what’s hidden in the depth of their soul.

Takis from the Pirate Bar

Hydra fosters connections that withstand the test of time. In the small harbor, on sun-kissed beaches, and within beloved tavernas like Tasoula's, travelers become friends. You will find me at the Pirate Bar. It holds a special place, where the essence of the island comes together through conversations, shared meals, and newfound bonds.

Friendships solidify, some destined to last a lifetime, while others are sealed with a distant wave and an acknowledging smile. We consider ourselves blessed to be a part of this incredible place.

The Pirate Bar in Hydra is where you can find me


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