Ο τοπικός πολιτισμός της περιοχής των Τζουμέρκων
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Cultural Monuments and sites of memory

Aside from their physical and aesthetic features monuments most of all reflect the communal memory. In fact, they re-trigger such communal memories on every possible occasion. Monuments therefore serve as mnemonic places that are part of a process which establishes a cultural identity in the people of Tzoumerka. The Churches and Monasteries of Tzoumerka are monuments from the past that define the community’s space and time through their religious festivals. Thus monuments symbolically serve as landmarks that articulate the collective memory of the place and its inhabitants. The murals and icons possess a style that reveals local peoples’ relations with their neighboring settlements, the artist’s displacements and touches on western influences. Painters of religious art come from Kalarrytes and work in groups. Such was the case of the team of artists that worked on the illustrations of Saint John the Baptist Chapel (1737) found in the Monastery of Vyliza. They travelled through the regions of Southeastern Epirus and Western Thessaly from 1700 until 1811, as demonstrated by their signatures on the masterpieces. Artists moved around thanks to the bridges that allowed them to look for work locally but also beyond the region of Tzoumerka.

The bridges are proof of mobility and the existence of professional groups such as muleteers and sheep farmers. These bridges still exist today but are no longer used for transport since from 1970 onwards a road network was developed and where necessary, ​​iron bridges were built. Nonetheless the bridges leave behind the era’s traces thus bridging space and the existence of man and his history with memory. Crafts and handmade structures contributed to the region’s particular identity and indicated the need for man to harness nature in order to serve his needs. The watermills and water basins are scattered around the mountainous area and are located near streams and although these are decreasingly being used there has been interest to restore these for outdoor museum displays and exhibits.

Similarly, a collection of objects considered “waste” have been collected either through individual initiative or by institutions and displayed in museums and collections with the objective to preserve, maintain and exhibit these as museum objects. Thankfully the collection of past objects and their use bear connotations that refer to the era. This way, museum objects reflect not only past memorabilia but also trigger memory and therefore the exhibits continuously produce new narratives.