In response to Frances Scott & Chu-Li Shewring
Matheos Zaharopoulos, Concordia University
Georgios Varoutsos, Queen's University Belfast
1953 – Through the Dust by Matheos & Georgios is an audiovisual participatory documentary dedicated to preserving the stories and memories of the 1953 Great Kefalonian Earthquake. This seismic event, with a magnitude of 7.2, significantly impacted the charming island of Kefalonia (Cephalonia) in Greece's West mainland, altering the lives of its residents and leaving a lasting imprint on their economy, society, and culture.
In a world full of numerous unique stories, the question arises: how can these stories live and persist if there is no one to share and discuss them? "1953 - Through the Dust" takes on this challenge by combining sound, film, and archive material in a new way. It serves as a vessel for the oral histories of individuals who experienced the earthquake in various parts of the island, becoming a means of preserving and immortalising their accounts.
Through its innovative approach, this audiovisual project weaves together fragments of history, evoking contemplation, empathy, and a deeper understanding of the human experience. It bears witness to the community’s resilience, hardships, and transformation in the aftermath of the calamity, bringing their stories to the present day.