About the speaker:
Mirto Fifa is a visual artist, educator, farmer, creator and manager of the environmental artistic projects "Re;Think Project" and "Farma Fifa Permaculture", and activist on social and environmental issues in Kalamata, (founder of kalamatafreespace network and co-founder of Cyclists of Kalamata group, etc.) Born in Kalamata, Mirto studied Pedagogic at the National Kapodistrian University of Athens and Dance Studies at Laban London Centre. She has collaborated with various dance theater companies (ADLIB, Nomass, Oktana, etc.) as a performer and video artist. Her video art work has been presented in Greek video-art festivals, such as Pixel Dance Festival '08, Action Field Kodra '09, Eco-festival '09, Terra Mania, etc. Also her photography art work has been presented among others at Athens Photo Festival '08, at the exhibition "New Greek Photographers". As a teacher, she has collaborated with the E. Kostopoulou Foundation and the State School of Dance. Mirto has written articles for and co-operates with the local press and Internet magazines, such as "Echomove Magazine". A very important element of her artistic work is the De-centralization of the artistic process and the interaction of art with issues of the local community. Her work often focuses on the relationship between contemporary man and nature. Since 2009, when she moved to Kalamata and personally experienced the environmental problems of the city, she created Re:Think project , an environmental and artistic multitask project on reuse, DIY crafts and creative recycling. The project organizes exhibitions, events in public places, original DIY workshops and the launch of a neighborhood compost program in collaboration with the municipality of Kalamata. At the same time, being profoundly interested in the protection of local biodiversity and having lived and experienced since childhood life in a family farm, she believes in and promotes the cultural, educational and cognitive value of agriculture as a holistic way of living everyday life for contemporary man. All of the above led to her next project, the natural and traditional agricultural farm "Farma Fifa Permaculture". A per-urban farm of exquisite natural beauty, Fifa Farm is one of the oldest farms in the area. The main aims of the farm include the propagation of traditional natural agriculture, the creation of a bank of local traditional seeds, its development through "Seed-keepers Anonymous" (namely a net of volunteers working on the preservation and free exchange of old traditional seeds) and wider research on everyday issues of self-management. Open to visitors, the farm is the base of Project Re:Think and hosts workshops and events on general subjects of ecological agriculture, composting and DIY, offering at the same time educational programmes to schools and organizations.
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