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Marita Pappa’s Athens: what it’s like to be young and Greek today

It seems fitting that we have the Ancient Greeks to thank for the word ‘crisis’, or κρίσις. They interpreted it as a “separation from a judgement or decision”, and there is an air of apocalyptic fervour surrounding Athens that borders on the cinematic: tourists stranded in a foreign land, restless natives murmuring about revolution, finance ministers escaping on motorcycles, all playing out within a time-worn city crumbling before our eyes. And yet, these images, abundant and lurid, don’t come close to telling the whole story. Over the past three years, Marita Pappa, a young London-based Greek photographer, has documented her home city with a sense of longing and tenderness absent in its usual depiction. “My photography does not confront the crisis head-on,” she says. “It seeks to capture the mood of the city, the ennui, the melancholy.” She left the city of her birth in September 2011 as one of the many Greeks who departed as the scale of the country’s financial crisis became clear. She moved to London, picking up odd jobs along the way; she …


BJP Staff