Σελίδες

Τετάρτη, 19 Ιουνίου 2019

Greek country side, a timeless convention































































































































 A series of conservative conventions linking provincial life to a seeming, capable consistency. These conventions are strictly respected by the majority of the people in the country.
     The first basic convention is the diptych family and religion.
On Sunday mornings the "decent" gentlemen and the "virtuous" ladies  join the established congregation as well as wearing their best clothes to watch all kinds of celebrations. This phenomenon also happens in Athens to a  lesser extent, especially for those people who carry the province inside their consciousness, but they are  lost in the anonymous city of the many performances and contrasts.
    The idea of the "good" family man is clearly being facilitated in the province.
  The family here it reminds us of the old motif: the couple,  the grandchildren,  the grandparents,  the grandmothers, live close to each other and support each other.
    As a rule, the Greek provinces are very conservative. Under a mask of decency and defiance, there are well hidden  many secrets and numerous malignancies.
     In the provinces it is normal to have a lot of hairdressers, coffee shops,  in almost every square there is one of these shops, but unfortunately there are few degraded cinemas, and of course there are no spaces for theatrical performances or cultural centres. There are some groups fighting for cultural life but I think there is something deeper that does not change with cultural events which  look  like folklore and secular events.
   The provinces are  permeated vertically and horizontally by a subculture of what some gifted artists and intellectuals aptly report as ''provincialbaroque'' (βλαχομπαρόκ) (Tzimis Panousis, Dionisis  Savvopoulos, Manos Hatzidakis, Vasilis Rafalidis and many others).
      This subculture is unfortunately not easily eradicated, and the responsibility of the political system is enormous because it has never renounce it and never condemn these phenomena.
     In Greek provinces, where people consider beautiful hair and tinted nails  more important, appearance and money as highest  social value.
To be 'someone' in the Greek province, you have to be able to make lots of money in any way ...For example by selling our beaches and filling them with umbrellas and deck chairs, selling rivers, mountains,  even the sea. Every value is nullified in this country  and that hurts.

Δευτέρα, 29 Απριλίου 2019

Women of subversion




Until today sadly, equality may be a right, but it is not a fact...





                                                       Harriet Tubmann (1822-1913)





                                                           Clara Zetkin (1857-1933)





                                                   Simon de Beauvoir (1908-1986)





                                                              Marie Curie (1867-1934)





                                                         Sarah Bernhardt (1844-1923)






                                                          Kallirohe Parren (1861-1940)






                                                     Emmeline Pankhurst (1858-1928)







                                                          Rosa Luxemburg (1870-1917)







                                                          Luise Michel (1830-1905)







                                                              Sarah Margaret Fuller (1819-1850)







                                                        Sarah Bernhardt (1844-1923)








                                                           Virginia Woolf (1882-1941)







Alexandra Kollontai (1872-1952 )



''The woman who is wife, mother and worker has to expend every ounce of energy to fulfil these roles. She has to work the same hours as her husband in some factory, printing-house or commercial establishment and then on top of that she has to find the time to attend to her household and look after her children. Capitalism has placed a crushing burden on woman’s shoulders: it has made her a wage-worker without having reduced her cares as housekeeper or mother. Woman staggers beneath the weight of this triple load. She suffers, her face is always wet with tears. Life has never been easy for woman, but never has her lot been harder and more desperate than that of the millions of working women under the capitalist yoke in this heyday of factory production.''
Alexandra Kollontai 1920                                                                            


Σάββατο, 20 Απριλίου 2019

short summer stories







































































                                                      It's not that we don't understand
                                                      the sea in the depths,
                                                      we're not even afraid of drowning
                                                      where we don't reach the bottom
                                                       nor that the deeper we go
                                                      the distance grows
                                                       from the seabed,  
                                                       until our feet are
                                                       not searching –
                                                       they forget any certainty.
                                                      It's that when you feel  free
                                                      when as equals we confront to infinity
                                                       we'll never be able to
                                                       to be left in the shallows
                                                       playing with the sand
                                                       settled on the beach
                                                        we will not endure  again...
                                                       the  easy waves!