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Attika, Greece

Athens – a place where democracy was born and glories and crises have had their shares, here you find an amazing amount of creative potential in various manifestations.

Attika, Greece

Athens – a place where democracy was born and glories and crises have had their shares, here you find an amazing amount of creative potential in various manifestations.

What is unique about Attica region?

Every educated person who reads about Athens, the capital of Greece, immediately thinks about ancient glories: the place where Socrates and Plato developed their philosophical and political theories. Majestic temples and ancient marble statues appear in front of the imaginary view. Many stories from the world of gods and legends are woven around this city.
Despite the fact that Athens is known by its glorious past, it is a comparatively new city. After the World War I the city of Athens had to be reformed radically since thousands of people searched for refuge in the capital. As a consequence, Athens doubled its population and the necessity for reconstructing and rising new buildings became chaotic and arbitrary. The political scenery was also stormy. Military dictatorship and kingdom combined with multiple political crises coincidentally moulded urban environment without order and control, like other capital cities have.
The different cultures, ideas and theories that met, created a variety of diverse artists with different backgrounds, artistic goals, and expression methods. At Apeironart we recognise that from enormous graffities to street performances with the public included, Athens now provides an impressive array of artistic flows.

The regional Attica art scene

Due to the abandoned streets and neighborhoods, street and random art works does not compulsively imposes on the scenery but it harmonizingly fits in. With a closer look at these explosive artefacts, we can notice that the surrounding environment has an equal – if not bigger – meaning with artefact itself, since the physical and political space are determinant for the artefact’s existence. Streets in Athens now declare a huge artistic intervention and they evolved into outdoor galleries that allow creativity to conceive public space.
To dwell on these opposites for a little moment, let us take a look at the Athens art scene. The anger of the youth at politics, unjust conditions in the system finds expression in many places in Athens in street art. In recent years various small and larger galleries have emerged showcasing the immense potential of Greek artists on a national level:

Gallery Alibi Sarri 12 in Psirri near downtown, is the core of Athens’ street art. It supports various artists by providing its space and workshops. It also supports the upcoming artists and the locals, especially the refugee’s children, providing them with free art and theater classes. Except from the galleries and big graffities, some artists prefer to use Stencils in order to interrupt that loud and chaotic scenery in the streets. Most of these stencils make thousands of people stop and watch, realizing the messages they try to pass: Anti-racism, Anti-sexism, Anti-fascism or the fight against Homophobia. Radio Athens is a non-profit, multi-purpose gallery in the center of the city. It acts as a bookstore, a theatrical stage and a broadcast place. Performances, Readings, Screenings, Political and Social Discussions, broadcasting, they all take place in that hospitable place.

On a more international level, two large art and culture centers have been founded in the past years in order to carry on the idea of ​​modern “politismos”:

Stavros Niarchos Cultural Center creating an urban, cultural, educational and environmental landmark of international appeal.

Onassis STEGI, a place where contemporary culture should meet aesthetics and science. A place where emerging courageous Greek artists find the means to showcase their work and a location where international collaboration is stipulated.
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