Eleonas is a diverse area in Athens, Greece, which has undergone various changes of identity. In ancient years it was the sacred olive grove of Athens, located outside the polis. But in recent times, absorbed by the modern conglomeration of Athens, it has become a notional edge, a wasteland where all that is unwanted in the city ends up.
The second talk in the Eleonas Talks Series will access the history of migration in Eleonas through the act of filming in the Eleonas refugee camp, the first in mainland Greece (2015) and the only one inside the city of Athens. The experience and temporalities of refugee life in the camp will be discussed with reference to the spatial arrangements (formal element), Giorgio Agamben’s idea of ‘bare life’ and the everydayness of the camp as observed up-close and through film. Earlier migrations, fragments of history and literature as well as oral testimonies will aid this investigation.
Ektoras Arkomanis has been filming in Eleonas, researching and
writing about it for the past four years. In these two talks organised by Unit
6 and Studio 7, he will present some of his practice-led research, which uses film
to explore the city, but also in order to coordinate anthropological,
ethnographic and historical material and methods into a performative artifact
(film). The talks, followed by a discussion, revolve around the themes of work and migration.