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Wor(th)ship: The Photographic Field Work of Tassos Vrettos

01.12.2015 in Arts & Culture

Wor(th)ship: The Photographic Field Work of Tassos Vrettos    The photographic ‘fieldwork’ of celebrated Athens-born photographer Tassos Vrettos. The images document the makeshift places of worship of migrants and refugees in and around Athens and are  presented at the Benaki Museum, now through January 10, 2016.   Each of my visits, even when it wasn’t the first, even if I had been there time and time again, was like opening a door and entering a place of mystery, emotion, reverence and awe. Each space had its own unique identity and aura, from the bright colorful icons of an Indian temple…

Konstantinos Mougolias and…the art of spinning tops

01.12.2015 in Arts & Culture

Konstantinos Mougolias and…the art of spinning tops    The spinning top (known in antiquity as the stromvos, strovilos or vemvix) represents a timeless toy for both children and adults. It has a long history and exists in almost all cultures. Reference to the unique toy can be found in Homer’s Iliad (ra. X, I. 413), when Ajax throws a “stone that spins around like a top” just before it hit his enemy, Hector, in the chest during their combat.     This month, I had the opportunity to speak with Konstantinos Mougo­lias, a master craftsman in Greece, who is keeping history alive…

December…It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

01.12.2015 in Arts & Culture

December…It’s the most wonderful time of the year!   December, the last month of the year, a time when people contemplate what has passed and what the future holds. Many of us spend some time alone to think about our achievements, our failures, and also our resolutions for the New Year. Throughout December there tend to be two prevailing sentiments. On the one hand, a feeling of melancholy for days gone by, while on the other hand an intense sentiment of anticipation for what is yet to come. It’s during this time we will make plans and regard the future through…

Erato Kouloubi: A Hidden Treasure in the Heart of Athens

01.11.2015 in Arts & Culture

Erato Kouloubi: A Hidden Treasure in the Heart of Athens   Jewelry designer Erato Kouloubi has produced hand crafted jewelry pieces for more than 19 years. Her creations are featured in selected stores, including the Benaki Museum and the ‘’Popeye Loves Olive’’ art space. Erato co-owns ‘’Popeye Love Olive,’’ a hidden arts treasure located in the heart of Athens. Erato shared some time with ‘‘POLITISMOS’’ to talk about her work, her passion for travel, Greece in crisis, and much more.   Tell us something about yourself, your occupation and how you reached this point. In 1996, I started studying the…