1922-1923: Almost two million people were forcibly made refugees and de jure denaturalized from their homelands after the events in Smyrna (Izmir), and the population exchange between Greece and Turkey, overseen by the international community as part of the Treaty of Lausanne.
What happened to these people after their "relocation"?
How did they get on with their lives?
Where did they live?
Only the last question can be answered partially:
A part of this population arrived in Athens. A part of them was consequently housed in the refugee housing complex (Προσφυγικά), in the very center of the city. This is a series of 8 buildings, 228 flats, that were designed and built during the years 1933-1935; a fine example of the Bauhaus movement.
80 years later, many of these flats are still inhabited.
The only decoration that the photographic lens captures nowadays in these aged buildings reflects the modern historical path of the country: Traces from the bullets in the walls reminding of the 1944 civil war events. Multicolored cloths are hung out in the small balconies. Some doors and window shutters are painted in vivid colors, probably to brighten up the day of modern time refugees that are still occupying these buildings.
Shot with Canon HV30 and Handy35 DOF adapter.
Slight grading with magic bullet looks
Lenses used: Canon FD 20mm f 2.8, Kiron FD 24mm f2.0, Canon FD 50mm f 1.2 and Meyer Optik - Gorlitz Trioplan 100mm f2.8 V.
Music by Lisa Gerrard: The Circulation of Shadows
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