Outcast Europe

Memories of Displacement and Movement

Outcast Europe

Handiwork

The handiworks of Mrs Pinelopi show exceptional craft and skills and seem like they are made by a sewing machine.

With the Lausanne Treaty, the family of Penelope Papadopoulou, from Bodrum, was separated. A part of the family went to Leros and another part to Kos. The small distance to be covered and her relatively good financial conditions allowed her to carry a significant part of the household and her property. She spoke very warmly of the life in Turkey. It is characteristic that the house she built in Kos was identical to the one she was living in, in Bodrum. According to her granddaughter, Pepi, many among the “exchangeables” idealised their life in Turkey.

Serving pot

“This pot is from the Greek village of Lythri in Erithrea, near Cesme. It is called “shagani” and it is made of copper covered in a bunch (garnished) by the “ganotzis – kalaitzis” (tinned, otherwise … you are poisoned!). It belonged
to Patra Mihala (Lythri 1902 – N. Erythrea 1994). They did not cook food in it, they only heated food and mostly served hot food. It was a type of pyrex.” Thodoris Kontaras

Thodoris Kontaras, a descendant of a family of refugees from Erithrea (Lithri) in Asia Minor, is a teacher and a scholar of Asia Minor civilization. His family settled along with many others from the Erythraean community in the area now called Nea Erythraea and was born in the house in which he still lives today.

Jug

With the Lausanne Treaty, the family of Penelope Papadopoulou, from Bodrum, was separated. A part of the family went to Leros and another part to Kos. The small distance to be covered and her relatively good financial conditions allowed her to carry a significant part of the household and her property. She spoke very warmly of the life in Turkey. It is characteristic that the house she built in Kos was identical to the one she was living in, in Bodrum. According to her granddaughter, Pepi, many among the “exchangeables” tended to idealise their life in Turkey.

Crystal bowl

With the Lausanne Treaty, the family of Penelope Papadopoulou, from Bodrum, was separated. A part of the family went to Leros and another part to Kos. The small distance to be covered and her relatively good financial conditions allowed her to carry a significant part of the household and her property. She spoke very warmly of the life in Turkey. It is characteristic that the house she built in Kos was identical to the one she was living in, in Bodrum. According to her granddaughter, Pepi, many among the “exchangeables” tended to idealise their life in Turkey.

Jar

With the Lausanne Treaty, the family of Penelope Papadopoulou, from Bodrum, was separated. A part of the family went to Leros and another part to Kos. The small distance to be covered and her relatively good financial conditions allowed her to carry a significant part of the household and her property. She spoke very warmly of the life in Turkey. It is characteristic that the house she built in Kos was identical to the one she was living in, in Bodrum. According to her granddaughter, Pepi, many among the “exchangeables” idealised their life in Turkey.

Pestle

My grandmother’s “pinjur” prepared with mortar and pestle to me is synonym for Kavadarci, for Macedonia. The ritual of baking and peeling “chuski” (peppers), garlic pestling and all of that, was the time when everyone was getting together. Pestle is an object that reminds me of my grandmother, and trust me, she was the most Macedonian of all Macedonians.