Who are the enough who came to Athens with their wives after the Civil War and “cemented” the city? Who “demolished” the neoclassical buildings and why did they fill the basin with apartment buildings? How did they learn and develop their art, where did they come from, did they have poetic techniques and knowledge with them? How were their tools modified to meet the new ones that emerged? How did they communicate and negotiate with educated architects? What were their wives asking for? In other words, what was the story of their encounter with the “plan of modernism”? The answers to the above questions are given in their documentary Tasos Langis and Giannis Gaitanidis «Builders, Housewives and Building of Modern Athens, Which will be discussed on Sunday, September 26, at 18:30, at Τριανόν and on Friday, October 1, at 7:45 p.m. Greek Film Archive (Lais), in the context of the 27th Athens International Film Festival Premiere NightsThe
This is a documentary that tells the story of the Athenian apartment building and the reconstruction through the lives of the anonymous people of the consideration, based on the book of the same name by Ioanna Theocharopoulou, which is published this year in a new edition by Onassis FoundationThe
«Athens is our city, where we were born and live and love it as if it were “our village”. However, it is contradictory and almost unknown as the repetitive texture of the apartment buildings is spread around cloned. A space like a text impenetrable in its generality, incomprehensible, without obvious historical references, beyond the landmark of the Acropolis and some scattered, unconnected monuments. “How was all this built?” one wonders. Certainly not by architects and town planners. With devotion and guidance in the book of Ioanna Theocharopoulou we searched in the cracks of our modern urban history to be who and who were these internal immigrants co-creators of our built environment. We started with the same biased ideas that they destroyed Athens, the “Karamanlis’s compensation”, etc. We do not know if these prejudices and myths for Athens will cease to exist. Just now, another story has been added to create Europe’s oldest, newest capitalThe two directors of the documentary note.
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