Athens on crisis Athens in crisis is not a current phenomenon. The signs of this crisis both in the political and cultural web date back in the Olympic Games of 2004.The state violence has multiplied and the downtown neighborhoods have been transformed into underworld neighborhoods, where homeless, drug addicts, beggars and immigrants have the key role. Misery has nested in our lives uninvited and these kinds of phenomena as above are greatly intensified. The city is under siege. Freedom has become a state of exception. The authoritarian state reveals its hideous face; law and order in the name of a phony democracy; in the name of salvation. This state unscrupulously targets an internal enemy whose portrait is illustrated in radicalism, free movement of ideas, street movements; in short, it is directed against those who resist. This state integrates in this animosity all those who can’t endure and leads them to the margins of society, to misery; makes them mentally handicapped, mute, so they never think to kick over the traces. The answer to marginalization and authoritarianism is solidarity, not compassion, resistance not silence, hope not depression, teamwork and not individualism, love not apathy. This exhibition is a testimony of the transformation of the historical center of Athens into a melting pot of souls, but into a core of resistance as well. It is an eight-year travelogue in the neighborhoods of the city center; from Kipseli square market to syntagma square movement, from filis street brothels to omonia square homeless and junkies; a trip within diversity, crowded demonstrations and police violence. Camera has captured the damned, both Greeks and immigrants in harsh images; big eyes, sad but enraged, look at the lens restlessly. They look surrounded and unable to react.
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