Images of Crisis

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16-27 May 2015

Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung, in collaboration with the Greek Film Archive, the Goethe-Institut Athen and the Institut Français de Grèce organize a tribute titled Images of Crisis”, between May 16-27, 2015. The event consists of a two-day symposium and film screenings. All events are held at the Greek Film Archive.


Two-day symposium: “Can the crisis be represented?”

In this discussion, art theorists, visual artists, film directors, authors, curators, social theorists and historians will discuss how major debates about aesthetics and politics which first emerged in the interwar period have taken a new edge with the new globalised economic and social crisis. The role of film, visual and digital art, in the new digital area: can they retain a critical edge or have they become ideological state apparatuses? As the cyberspace becomes increasingly dominant, what is the validity of the original in art? Is there a European public sphere or just feuding national public spheres?


Day 1 – Saturday, May 16, 19.00-21.30



Claudia Bosse,  Artist, choreographer, artistic director of theatercombinat in Vienna

Adam Szymczyk,  Artistic director of Documenta 14

Manolis Daskalakis-Lemos,  Artist

Apostolos Zerdevas,  Visual artist, Reading University PhD candidate

Eva Stefani,  Documentary filmmaker, visual artist, Assistant Professor at the Department of Theatre Studies of the University of Athens

Stella Theodoraki,  Director

Lila Leontidou, Professor for Geography & European Culture at the Hellenic Open University, coordinates the discussion.


A cocktail reception will follow the discussion.


Day 2Sunday, May 17, 18.30-20.30



Ken McMullen,  Director, Professor at Kingston University London

Martin McQuillan,  Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Kingston University

George Drivas,  Artist, director

Christos Karakepelis,  Director

Yannis Tsirbas,  Writer, lecturer at the Department of Political Science & Public Administration, University of Athens

Maria Komninos, Associate Professor at the Department of Media & Communication, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, General Secretary of the Board of the Greek Film Archive, coordinates the discussion.


Admission to the two-day symposium is free.

The event will be held in Greek and English with simultaneous interpretation.

Please arrive 30 minutes prior to the starting time.


Film screenings

The tribute attempts an overview of the representation of financial, political and social crisis in cinema, from the silent films of the 20s until today, in feature films and documentaries. Τhe aim of the tribute is to explore the mutations of the film industry during times of crisis, as well as the mapping of alternative ways of financing and producing films by a young generation of filmmakers (crowd funding, collectives) and the urgent re-emergence of the political and activist cinema.

See the program of the tribute in the attached pdf file above.

Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung supports the screening of the following films:

Monday 18.5., 21.15: The Ax (Le couperet), C. Gavras, 2005, 122 min

Tuesday 19.5., 21.30: OXI – An Act of Resistance, K. McMullen, 2014, 97 min

Wednesday 20.5.:

19.30: Rome Rather Than You (Rome plutôt que vous), T. Teguia,  2006, 111 min

22.00: Into Our Own Hands (Entre nos mains), M. Otero, 2010, 87 min

Thursday 21.5., 20.30: La clôture, T. Teguia, 2003, 24 min

Sunday 24.5., 22.00: Κatzelmacher, R. W. Fassbinder, 1969, 88 min

Monday 25.5., 19.30: Et nous jetterons la mer derrière vous, N. Aubry / J. Gomas / C. Juillard / A. Mangeat, 2014, 72 min.


Admission is free for the above screenings.


Event Videos

Εικόνες της κρίσης
Press Citations
Τι συζήτησαν καλλιτέχνες, θεωρητικοί και επιστήμονες στη διημερίδα "Εικόνες της Κρίσης", Μάνια Ζούση, 19/5/2015