The School Of Three Legged Love – Episode 1

A projectweek proposed by the School Of Love 

18 – 23 March 2018

Longchamps – Bertogne, Les Ardennes, Belgium

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During 18 – 23 March the School Of Love will reside in a house in the Ardennes and focus on the connection between nature, love, spirituality, politics and communality. We will decide collectively on the structure of the days, which will consist of sharing own practices and rituals or develop new ones as a group. We will eat, study and practice, take walks in the forest and around the lake during the days, sit around the fire in the evenings, spend time, waste time, alone or together, as it comes.


A part of our days will be dedicated to studying the culture, history and practices of Alevism, Alevi religion was originated in Anatolia and be can be traced back to 6000 years. Their teaching is based on three fundaments: Love, Human and Nature. The Alevi conducted non-violent, non-discriminating and earthly ways of living that influenced political and progressive movements in Turkey that act, also today, to protect the rights of all living beings.

The School Of Three Legged Love will not become a research center of Alevism, but rather a place to study how to love today, by taking love away from its hollywoodian romantic connotation and bring it into the realm of the social.


Syntrofi performative lunches

Master visual arts – Autonomous design

master thesis here

Syntrofi: Greek compound word coming from feed [trofi] + together [syn] and means companions,comrades,lovers…

Syntrofi is a series of performative Lunches in which stories of exclusion within art schools are served, processed and digested. Taking on a perspective of the vulnerable observer who is being both an artist in and a researcher of the educational institution, Syntrofi examines the (missed) potential of school environments to facilitate practices of commoning and inclusion. The project draws its material from collective processes, classrooms and kitchens, students, teachers, maintenance personnel and administrators, as well as from those who, for one reason or another, ended up outside art school’s walls. Throughout the performances, we share our stories, not as individuals but as cases that bring up interesting dilemmas and reflections about the world and art education today.
Assemblism is an urgent response to the need for new social infrastructures . The Syntrofi project crosses through artistic and social design practices, where the observer is the part taker, the public is the performer, the artistic is the political and individual cases become a collective concern. In the Syntrofi table, public is invited to chew upon stories served by the performers and is welcome to have a conversation on each of them. The public is also asked to share their own stories, experiences and thoughts and research concerns about schools in nowadays societies.

Initiative, Concept: Elli Vassalou

Realization, Performance: Hazal Arda, Bilal Kamilla Arnout, Ritam Hazarika, Elli Vassalou
mentors: Adva Zakai, An Van Dienderen
Supported by: SOL, KASK, HOGENT, BUDA art center, 123 Logements

MAP expo, KASK, Gent February 2017.

M55 Art residence, Athens, Greece, March 2017.

KASK,  Zwarte Zaal – graduation expo, Gent June 2017.

Nominated for the Horlait-Daspens price.
Published on Metropolis M Magazine, August 2017