On Eleonas, The Unconscious of The City

Zissis Varsamakidis

In order to sustain human life; forests, fields, and gardens which provide oxygen and food should be indispensable for a city; but they are being destroyed for the sake of increasing city population and to gain unearned income. More people; less fresh air, less fresh food… It is obvious that there is a contradiction here, but nobody wants to see it?

Like the ones pointing out this contradiction in our country, Zissis Varsamakidis also expresses a similar problem in Greece and our relationship with architecture. Although the limits of it are not clear, an olive trees region is getting destroyed to be turned into an urban area. The existing buildings in this region will remain to stay after the process of gentrification.

Varsamakidis talks about the erratic situation here. At times when the architecture wasn't even there, the artist states that people built shelters according to basic needs. When area was covered with olive trees, pre-existing buildings were constructed on the basis of "need", whereas the reason for new construction is entirely "desire." Therefore, these two point-of-view do not overlap.

Varsamakidis says during the day the region is swarmed with a chaotic crowd and at night it becomes a hypnotic place. That‘s why the artist chose to photograph it at nights. In the dark of the night, the strong illuminations of the construction and the streets reveal surreal scenes. Unfortunately, it would not be too far from truth if one states that his created fairy tales scenes are more realistic even in a time of illusion where desire is shown as the most basic need