PHOTO GALLERY: Athens Street Art
Alexandros Vasmoulakis is one of many street artists whose artwork reflects the urban fabric of contemporary Greece. His shattered, floating figures cover many of the abandoned neoclassical buildings of Athens as well as the crumbling walls of the city’s Exarchia neighborhood. Vasmoulakis notes that the sidewalks of Berlin, where he currently lives, are “well arranged, straight, and wide with beautiful decorations, street lamps, railings. . . . In Athens, sidewalks are like the rough sea—all cracked, dirty, . . . with those awful manholes that make terrible a noise when you step on them. The actual hell of pedestrians! I really find this ugliness beautiful.” For more on life in Exarchia, read Peter Constantine’s interview with poet Jazra Khaleed in our March 2010 issue.