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Costantinos Pittas
Images of another Europe 1985-1989
TO 20/11/2016
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Κωνσταντίνος Πίττας
Εικόνες μιας άλλης Ευρώπης 1985-1989
(Costantinos Pittas
Images of another Europe 1985-1989)
From 1985 to 1989, Costantinos Pittas traveled to Western and Eastern Europe, crossed 17 countries capturing street scenes from both sides of the Wall. With a minimum of photographic equipment and quite a few black and white film rolls, he set off on a plan which was to remain unfinished. His aim was to show that the common ground of this divided Europe was its own citizens and their everyday life, no matter which "world" they belonged to. This project was encouraged by the high objectives of humanistic photography, most of all the conviction that the big European family was still there, beyond the borders and the Walls -and Photography had the way to reveal its existence.

And then, around the late 80s, almost simultaneously, two things happened. The collapse of Wall canceled the "theme" of the project, as all countries would soon become members of the European Union and rush to highlight their common roots. During that time, photography also entered a phase of intense criticism and questioning of its relationship with reality. And Pittas thought that the collection of unique photos he had accumulated in just a few years was not making sense any more. He abandoned his plan and photography and literally "buried" the negatives without showing them to anyone. Twenty-five years later, this precious work is presented in its entirety for the first time in public. And perhaps it is nοt irrelevant that the decision to show us his photos today, coincides with the beginning of a looming crisis of the European Union.

Curator: Costis Antoniadis
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Guided tours to the exhibition "Costantinos Pittas: Images of another Europe 1985-1989"

15/10/2016 - 22/10/2016
Athens
Duration
29/09/2016 - EXTENDED UNTIL 27/11/2016 (Opening: 26/09/2016, 20:00)

Place
Athens
Benaki Museum

Tickets
€7, €3,5

Organization
Benaki Museum

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