What Greece...?

A roundtable discussion

21 April 2021, 17:00 (UK time)

In our second meeting of the series, on 21 April 2021 (coincidentally, the day also marking 54 years from the imposition of the 1967 Colonel’s dictatorship), we are proposing the digital equivalent of an open-mic. We have asked a group of cultural creators – literary authors, filmmakers, comic-book writers - to submit a short video reflecting on the word, concept, idea and geopolitical, imaginary that the word “Greece” conjures for them today, in the current sociopolitical and cultural conjuncture. We have asked for fragments, extracts from work in progress, provocative ideas. We have invited our contributors to think not of the question “what is Greece”, but to consider the very title “What Greece…” as a puzzling, often absurd, and certainly open-ended fragment in itself. Reintroducing it in their own narratives in different ways, from “what kind of Greece” or “what Greece means to you” to “what the hell, Greece…”, the responses we showcase mix the national and the personal, the rational and the absurd, the familiar and the weird, the playful and the austere.

In the first part of this event, we have presented the videos we have collected, offering a heterogenous collage of literary, visual, aural, and multi-media reflections. In the second part, we opened the floor for a live conversation with contributing artists, taking the many threads they open up in their contributions further.

Video contributions are in English or in Greek with English translation/subtitles. The roundtable discussion is in English.

Participating artists and authors:

Alexis Alexiou
Vassilis Amanatidis
Orfeas Apergis
Glykeria Basdeki
Marios Chatziprokopiou and Anna Tzakou
Theodoros Chiotis
Christos Chrissopoulos
Maria Fakinou
Adrianne Kalfopoulou
Erofili Kokkali
Patricia Kolaiti
Alekos Lountzis and Orestis Papaioannou
Pavlina Marvin and Danae Sioziou
Afroditi Nikolaidou
Dimosthenis Papamarkos
Vassiliki Petsa
Elina Psykou
Vicky Tselepidou
George Ttoouli