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Athens - a city of contrasts

20 June 2010 / 09:06:03  GRReporter
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Athens may very. It can be noisy, it can be quiet,as well happy or unhappy, to be good or unreasonable and fullof bias. Athens may be deaf to the requests of its residents. And it might perform some hidden desired just when people least expect. Athens is a city of contrasts and contradictions. City where the tradition and modernity make ridiculous attempt to meet each other. City in which a smooth transition in the process of transformation is unknown. City, which measures do not count. At least so far.

As might be expected contrast has become an inspiration for many photographic lens. However, there is always the question: "How to link the past with the present in the picture?" It seems to me a rather interesting answer given  by the talented photographer Sokratis Sokratus, who in 2009 presented by Greece during the 53rd International Exhibition of Contemporary Art in Venice. Of 1.06. 30.06 to a museum in Athens Benakis young artist presents his first exhibition dedicated to the Greek capital. The truth is that the concept of the photographs is unusual, but the effect is achieved surprising. The author has connected the photos in huge puzzle on two walls which in unexpectedly credible way transmit the pulse of the day. Sokratus paintings are very "raw", without pretense and spontaneous. His eye is so profound that ruins all the walls between object and lens. Images are not reportage, but personal and form something like a calendar of Athens in the last decades. Here are sealed numerous moments of the city life . From the euphoria of the Olympics to this nowadays.

The puzzle draw portraits of acquaintances and strangers, and celebrities visited the city and left their imprint on it. City and people who "undress in front of the lens of the photographer. Sokratus zoom captures moments and contemporary political and sociological problems. Happiness, joy and festive mood is interwoven with pain and trauma, in a mosaic, which accurately reflects the life of Athens.

 Here are the abandoned corners of the city which to be seen by every eye is impossible. Here is the "ghetto-city" with blind aggression and unemployment. Residents and nationalities have left and continue to leave every day their footprints in the lives of Athens.
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