project by Anna-Alexandra and Elia Nedkov
Short movie by and poetry inspired by the ancient mysteries on Samothrace
filmed and written on Samothrace island, summer 2018
poetry by Anna-Alexandra
translated from Bulgarian to English by Zornitsa Hristova
KnowThe water, wine, and incense,The sound of stone upon the slopeThe seafoam whereThe marble column’s shadow bathes.
KnowThe leaves of that wild oliveTouched by Eurus*,The deep and bitter taste,The black and thirsty root.
CarryThe world upon your shoulder,In pain the wounds will heal.And leaveA shallow imprintWhen you kneelTo see your face upon the sea.
*Eurus: the Eastern wind in Greek mythology, born from the marriage of the titan Astraeus and the rosy-fingered goddess of dawn Eos (Aurora).
Still from Know Thyself
Know Thyself is a project that involves video installation, poetry and objects. The project examines the philosophical theme of self-knowledge as the deepest wisdom.
There are 147 maxims carved in the stone of the Apollo Temple in Delphi, one of the most important sanctuaries of Antiquity. According to the sources at the entrance, there was an inscription – Know thyself.