A PARTICIPATORY PORTRAIT OF ATHENS: ΑΘΗΝΑ ΘΕΑ by IANNA ANDREADIS
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A PARTICIPATORY PORTRAIT OF ATHENS: ΑΘΗΝΑ ΘΕΑ by IANNA ANDREADIS

Ianna Andreadis is a Greek artist living in Paris. Few years ago she started on Facebook a collective project called ΑΘΗΝΑ ΘΕΑ with an open call to shot a picture of Athens from a window. This project  builds a collective image of the city starting from many different individual points of view. I started a conversation with Ianna three years ago and I have followed … Continue reading

A MAGNIFICATION OF THE UNKNOWN: ‘SECRETS AND CRISES’ by ZOE HATZIYANNAKI
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A MAGNIFICATION OF THE UNKNOWN: ‘SECRETS AND CRISES’ by ZOE HATZIYANNAKI

Secrets and Crises by Zoe Hatziyannaki is a portrait on the palaces of powers, these institutional buildings in Athens what the power is hold. Her work aims to explore the hidden movements behind the institutional facade opposing two representation methods. The geometry of the orthographic composition of the elevation of the building shows an apparent clearness and stability, something that … Continue reading

THE HIDDEN SPIRAL: ‘CitiesInVisible’ by ANARGYROS DROLAPAS
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THE HIDDEN SPIRAL: ‘CitiesInVisible’ by ANARGYROS DROLAPAS

CitiesInVisible is an e-book about Athens by the photographer Anargyros Drolapas that follows the path traced by Italo Calvino with the book Invisible Cities. A first edition of CitiesInVisible was presented in 2014 at the Visitors Center at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center as part of the Summer Workshop Critical organised by Petros Babasikas and Yorgos Prinos for the Depression Era … Continue reading

DUPLICATION AND NARRATION: ‘POSTERS 1985-1986’ by COSTIS ANTONIADIS
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DUPLICATION AND NARRATION: ‘POSTERS 1985-1986’ by COSTIS ANTONIADIS

In 1986 Costis Antoniadis, a Greek photographer that studied Physics at the Aristotelion University of Thessaloniki and subsequently photography at the Institut Français de la Photographie in Paris, presented a work with the title Posters 1986-1990 at the Photographic Center of Athens. In 1985 Athens was the first city to be European Capital of Culture. In … Continue reading

THE HEALING PLANT: ‘THE COLLECTOR’S ARCHIVE’ by CATRIONA GALLAGHER
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THE HEALING PLANT: ‘THE COLLECTOR’S ARCHIVE’ by CATRIONA GALLAGHER

Catriona Callagher is a British artist that moved to Athens two years ago, initially for a residency at Snehta Residency in Kypseli in 2014 and then she decided to stay, working in Greece both as an artist and as a curator. Her research on Athens started during the initial period spent in the city, studying the cracks in … Continue reading

A ROOM WITH MANY VIEWS: “GAZI 1991-1994” by ANTIGONI KAVVATHA
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A ROOM WITH MANY VIEWS: “GAZI 1991-1994” by ANTIGONI KAVVATHA

During the Austerity Epoch, Athens has become a hotspot for art. Many artists incorporate “political upheaval and social frustration,” but such reaction against the economic crisis has transformed Athens into a fertile ground for creativity (Laura Secorun Palet). Differently, architecture needs time to adapt to new conditions and to satisfy societal demands esthetically, functionally and professionally. The Athens Project wants … Continue reading

A SURVEY OF ATTICA CONTEMPORARY RUINS: “DREAM ABANDONED” and “ATHENS RISES” by JEFF VANDERPOOL
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A SURVEY OF ATTICA CONTEMPORARY RUINS: “DREAM ABANDONED” and “ATHENS RISES” by JEFF VANDERPOOL

The great economic bubble that started in 1992 has left Greece in ruins after years of uncontrolled economic activity and unsustainable politics that caused an excessive housing development and alterations in the social structure through extreme consumption. The economic slowdown that started in Winter 2008 is recognizable in the empty building shells, concrete skeletons and … Continue reading