EVENT: On the streets of Athens: Art, Protest, Political Crisis
The next exhibition of the Otter Gallery is from the 17th February - 15th April for 'On the Streets of Athens'
This exhibition is based upon the observations of its two curators, Dick Ellis and Hugo Frey, who visited Athens regularly from 2010 onwards, and walked the city’s streets and talked to its residents.
What struck Hugo and Dick was the turmoil: in terms of shop and business closures, rough sleeping, strikes and protests (including rioting). A key sign of these changes was the way in which graffiti became increasingly prominent, often smothering the walls and empty shop-fronts.
Dick and Hugo recorded their observations on camera, particularly the way graffiti evolved in overlapping waves: tagging; political dissent; street art; international solidarity, and support for refugees.
The streets of Athens became a palimpsest of overlaid, inter-related graffiti, and this exhibition seeks to reflect these engagements, and their sometimes breath-taking results, as austerity Athens became and still is the most exciting city in the world for graffiti artists.
There are a series of talks, tours and workshops that you are able to attend in regards to this exhibition!
To RSVP or to find out more about our exhibitions and events please contact us on 01243816098 on email: email@example.com. (FREE ADMISSION)
Monday 19th February 6-8pm
There will be a welcome and a short address.
Tuesday 27 February 12.30-1.30pm
Join Professor Hugo Frey for a talk and a tour of the exhibition.
Friday 2nd March 12-1pm
The Greek Crisis in Historical Context - Professor Dr Haris Vlavianos (American College of Greece, Athens)
Friday 2nd March 3-4pm
Artistic and aesthetic reflections on contemporary Greece - The poetry of Haris Vlavianos: readings, wine and discussions - Professor Dr Haris Vlavianos (American College of Greece, Athens)
Wednesday 14th March 5-6pm
Countercultural Visions: William Blake and the Visual Culture of the 1960's. This talk is led by Dr Luke Walker, (Associate Lecturer, University of Roehampton) and is in association with the South Coast Eighteenth-Century and Romantic Research Group (SCERRG).
Thursday 22nd March 6-7pm
Join Professor Hugo Frey for a talk and tour of the exhibition.
Monday 26th March 1-2pm
Two Bauderlarian Flaneurs' encounters with Athens graffiti artists and their everyday guileful tactics. A talk by visiting Professor Dick Ellis, Department of History and Politics, University of Chichester.
Monday - Friday 9am-9pm, Saturday & Sunday 11am-6pm (closed Good Friday, Saturday, Easter Sunday and bank holiday Monday).