Tag Archives: street art

Graffiti in Athens 06

A wheatpaste radioactive baby (Stadiou Street) by STMTS

Click here to see a time lapse video of how it was made.

Welcome to the civilization of fear (Stournari & 3 Septemvriou Street) by Sidron.

Jesus Christ! Here comes the troika!

Jesus Christ! Here comes the troika!

Made by street artist Absent.

Merry crisis

Some photos to “celebrate” the day… This is Christmas 2011 in Greece.

“Naked Christmas” by bleeps.gr (photo by G. Nikolakopoulos)

Season’s Greektings by Greek illustrator Spyros Derveniotis.

Season’s Greektings by Spyros Derveniotis

 Daniel, a British Erasmus student in Athens, sent me this photo – it’s a motto that has been around since the 2008 killing of Alexis Grigoropoulos by a policeman, an assassination that caused a rioting chaos in Athens for more than a month. Daniel took this photo in Panteion University.

Photo by Daniel @ Panteion University

Here’s another photo from the same door (not that it makes more sense, I just found it by chance)

Merry Crisis @ Panteion University

This is a graffiti on the external wall of Athens University’s old building (now mainly used for graduation ceremonies). I think the graffiti has been taken off by now.

Merry crisis @ Athens Kapodistrian University

The motto inspired a stencil artist too. The location is unknown.ste

Merry crisis stencil

If I am not mistaken, this graffiti was on the external wall of the Central Bank of Greece, at Panepistimiou street.

Merry crisis @ the Central Bank of Greece

Here’s a video from the city-sponsored Christmas tree in Syntagma square, back in 2008. Its burning was an unforgettable view. For almost a decade, the city’s mayors were proud of wasting thousands of euros to build “the tallest christmas tree in Europe”. This shallow megalomania that only needed a spark to show the void spirit of our corrupt politicians.

At first, people decorated the tree with garbage bags.

Then the tree was set on fire.

As you can see, that night, riot police used tear gas to disperse the crowd. It was a very moving view.

Finally, here’s a video by Ross Domoney, with a short historical background on the Alexis Grigoropoulos’ assassination and footage from this year’s demo which commemmorated the killing.

Exploring Revolt in Greece from Ross Domoney on Vimeo.

Did anybody see my future?

"Did anybody see my future?"

Photo taken from political zoo.

Wake up!

"Wake up!" from bleeps.gr

International press collage

Following the Information is Beautiful post, here’s another example of how you can creatively show the bigger picture. This is  a collage with front pages from the international press on the 4th of November (some days after George Papandreou’s announcement for a referendum and days before the appointment of the new national unity government). It was made and sent to me by street artist Absent.

International Press - front pages collage

Greece next economic model

Greece next economic model

From bleeps.gr

What country/time is it?

What country/time is it?

This is one of a series of such posters which are stuck on walls around Athens. There’s always this girl dragging her suitcase, on which there’s usually a Greek language word-game. This one is a play with the words country (χώρα) and time (ώρα). Thus, the question on the suitcase translates to “What country/time is it?”

Here’s a short article I wrote for the website of Ellinofreneia (a team that has a radio show at REAL FM and a website – they usually, but not always, use satire in order to express their political views) with some inspiration from the street art above. (Note: it was written addressing mainly Greek readers)

What country/time is it?

Any kind of discussion apart from the situation in Greece is irrelevant. It’s off topic. In the texts, in newspapers, on the internet, in talks with friends, everyone is discussing about the crisis. Don’t complain if your friend discuss nothing else but this. If you already complain, you’re irrelevant. The only thing that I will allow you to do apart from thinking about this situation, is to fall in love. Other than that, just talk about the crisis. Think, chew it over, even you do it for the first time in your life. Pump up some courage from the guy next to you, from the striker of Hellenic Halyvourgia (Steel company) who has denied himself almost a month’s salary. The discussion about the situation is not misery.

The situation itself is misery and without talking about it, you won’t avoid it.

You don’t need me to tell you the facts. You can see them wherever you turn your eyes on. I don’t care if I can’t see all 20.000 homeless people of this country around me, all I care is that in every pavement I can see every night one more carton for a bed. Only if you manage to feel that this carton has a bigger value than the paper of a bind, will you realize what’s going on around you. You will re-read on it the word bankruptcy.

A group of friends was talking a while ago in a tavern at Dekeleias Avenue. At first they talked about the crisis. Then about the trips they want to do. Later on again about the crisis. Afterwards about the celebrity journalists. In the end, again, about the crisis. One felt the need to act, another was in despair, a third was afraid of a possible coup d’ etat, the fourth was talking about conspiracies. They were later narrating stories that shocked them.

A well-dressed man, around his 60s, approached us when we were in Mavili square. He had a cheese pie in a small paper bag, placed in the inner pocket of his suit, exactly where he used to hide his wallet. He asked for money with his head lowered from shame. Then he looked at us, hardly keeping his tears in his eyes, and said: “Be careful, kids! You can’t imagine how easily life can turn upside down”.

“Enough”, said Anastasia. You can’t stay uninvolved. It’s time you choose sides.