Sunday, April 9, 2017

Greece: Cavalcade through Athens launches documenta14 exhibition

Greece: documenta14 exhibition launch event: The Athens - Kassel Ride : "The Transit of Hermes" conceived by Ross Birrell.
The documenta 14 art exhibition got off to an official start on Sunday with a unique event, as a cavalcade of horses and riders wound its way through Sunday crowds beneath the Acropolis, beginning a journey to Kassel, Germany.
The idea of the Athens–Kassel Ride was conceived by Scottish artist Ross Birrell and was inspired by the horseback ride that Swiss author Aimé Félix Tschiffely carried out in the 1920s from Buenos Aires to New York. Birrell describes his project as "Hermes' Transition" since the cavalcade includes a Greek thoroughbred 'Aravani' horse from the mountains of Arcadia named Hermes.
Talking about the significance of the horseback journey through Europe, documenta14 artistic director Adam Szymczyk said it was a "line we are drawing that links many European countries."
"We were aware from the start of the complexity and cost of the journey but it is a long and beautiful journey. First of all for the riders and the people in the cities that will experience it and secondly as an allegoric journey through unknown places that strengthens the relationship between horse and human, a two-way relationship of taming and culture that is forgotten. Whatever happens is part of the journey," he said.
This year, for the first time, the exhibition will be "shared" between Athens and Kassel, taking place in the Greek capital between April 8 and July 16 and in Kassel from June 10 until September 17.
Athens Greece 9 April 2017.



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Έφιππη πομπή από την Αθήνα στο Κάσσελ.
Η πομπή των αλόγων με τους αναβάτες τους σήμερα στον πεζόδρομο της Διονυσίου Αρεοπαγίτου σηματοδότησε την έναρξη των εκδηλώσεων της documenta 14.
Ποιά η σημασία ενός έφιππου ταξιδιού στα ίχνη της παλιάς «διαδρομή των περιηγητών» ανά την Ελλάδα, την πρώην Γιουγκοσλαβική Δημοκρατία της Μακεδονίας, Σερβία, Κροατία, Σλοβενία, Αυστρία, Γερμανία;
«Είναι μια γραμμή που τραβάμε και συνδέει πολλές ευρωπαϊκές χώρες. Γνωρίζαμε εξ αρχής την πολυπλοκότητα και το κόστος του ταξιδιού αλλά πρόκειται για ένα μακρύ και ωραίο ταξίδι. Κατ' αρχήν για τους αναβάτες και τους ανθρώπους των πόλεων που θα το βιώσουν και δευτερευόντως μια αλληγορική πορεία σε άγνωστους τόπους που ενδυναμώνει τη σχέση του αλόγου με τον άνθρωπο, μια σχέση αμφίδρομης εξημέρωσης και πολιτισμού ξεχασμένη. Ό,τι προκύψει θα είναι μέρος του ταξιδιού» χαιρέτησε ο Άνταμ Σίμτσικ καλλιτεχνικός διευθυντής της documenta 14, κηρύσσοντας την έναρξη των εκδηλώσεων.
Αθήνα, 9 Απριλίου 2017.










Saturday, April 8, 2017

Antifa protest against Golden Dawn blocked by police

=Massive antifa protest march in Greece demanding the closure of the Golden Dawn headquarters, due to attack on student.=
A massive antifascist protest march took place in Athens on Saturday. Hundreds of demonstrators demanded the closure of the far right party "Golden Dawn" headquarters. The demonstrators were blocked by police before reaching the area of the far right party offices.

During last week, a 42-year-old member of Golden Dawn has been taken to the prosecutor on charges of aggravated assault after beating a 24-year-old student named Alexis Lazaris.  The suspect, who works in the GD office and has worked in the past in the parliamentary office of GD leader Nikos Michaloliakos, was identified by eye-witnesses.
The student  was heavily beaten and seriously injured just hours after unknown assailants attacked a branch of the party in Athens last week. Media speak of retaliation attack.

The parents of the student Alexis Lazaris took part at the demonstration today.
Athens Greece, 8 April 2017.


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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Greek farmers armed with shepherd’s crooks fight police over tax hikes

Greek farmers armed with shepherd's crooks and stones fought riot police in a violent protest against tax hikes outside the Ministry of Agriculture in Athens.
More than 1,000 farmers, many of whom had traveled overnight from the island of Crete took part in the protest while police used tear gas and stun grenades and arrested at least three people.
As protesters are angry at increases in their tax and social security contributions, a number of farmers smashed windows of two police buses and burned a flag of the ruling party SYRIZA.
Athens, Greece, 08 March 2017.


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