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 first talk in the Eleonas Talks Series will access the history of work in Eleonas, through the present image of the area: abandoned factories as well as active sites of work/labour — a tannery, scavengers’ markets, transport companies and the archaeological site at the ancient cemetery of Kerameikos.
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.