Daily Archives: 30/10/2011

Graffiti in Athens 03

I have recently come across this stencil. I wouldn’t call it a great job, I think there are too many logos involved in the sprayed chaos.

The logos destructed by the symbol of Anarchy represent (clockwise beginning from top) the IMF, the Euro, the right-wing New Democracy party, the socialist PASOK party and the EU’s stars.

It reminded me of another stencil I have photographed some months ago. It also used the logo of the ruling PASOK party. It’s a kid peeing on the green sun.

The interesting part is the history behind the kid’s gesture. Some 30 years ago, Spyros Ornerakis, now a veteran cartoonist, has drawn a kid peeing on a crown. It symbolized the rejection of monarchy in Greece right after the 1967-74 military dictatorship.

Spyros Ornerakis now runs a school for people who want to study cartoons. When I googled it I stumbled upon a video made by the children’s department. It’s titled “The fall of Mr. IMF”.

Greece presents… the Riot Granny

Yesterday I was having a talk with a very good friend. He’s a cameraman from Portugal and we have worked together on a news feature I did for the Portuguese elections last June. He was telling me that he feels that the situation in Portugal is becoming more and more like what he saw in Greece. I agreed in all but the fact the the Portuguese haven’t seen widespread violence yet. He was a bit puzzled and I explained that since last week’s general strike, I have a feeling that more and more people (everyday people, not just the so-called hooded rioters) have crossed the red line between peaceful and non-peaceful protest. Then I showed him these two photos of the same person.

The second photo was published in the front page of the right-wing Dimokratia newspaper on 21 October. His face is not important and thus I have edited it a bit. It’s interesting though to notice his clothes and wonder what drove this person to join the traditionally violent hooded crowd.

My friend was shocked. Then I showed him an even more extreme video. After Loukanikos, the rebel or riot dog, here ‘s the soon to be famous Riot Granny.

Catastroika

Greek journalists Aris Chatzistefanou and Katerina Kitidi have produced a video trailer for their new documentary Catastroika. It is about the global trend of privatizations in the past two decades. Unfortunatelt it is only in Greek but I believe that they will soon have it subtitled. [UPDATE: I’ve substituted the Greek trailer with the one in English]

Their previous project, Debtocracy, is a documentary produced through the method of crowdsourcing. It focused on “the causes of the debt crisis and proposed solutions, hidden by the government and the dominant media“. It was distributed freely on the web and has so far been translated in six languages. You can watch the whole film here.

The neologism “catastroika” was first coined by Russian dissident writer Alexander Zinoviev. You can find out more about him here and here.