In contemporary Athens the performative practices of street art and graffiti have gained new significance as unsanctioned mediums of public expression and dissent, a development deeply entwined with the transformations of the material and social landscapes of the city in the context of the ongoing crisis. This video essay reflects on how Athenian artists mediate everyday life with crisis and austerity, and claim the walls of the city as sites of subversive political speech and imagination.
This video essay was produced for the "Art, Expression, and Democracy" seminar at the University of Sheffield: bankstreetarts.com/events/art-expression-democracy-seminar/
List of Featured artists: Achilles, Angel, Bleeps, Borondo, Cacao Rocks, Dimitris Taxis, EX!T, Hope, Jupiterfab, Mapet, Mora, N_Grams, NDA, Noir, Oré, Paul, Scar One, Sidron, Wild Drawing (WD)
"The only terrorist is the 8'o'clock news" courtesy of Kostas Kallergis, all other photographs author's own.