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Worlds Apart

17.02.2017 in Arts & Culture

“Worlds Apart”,  A New Film by Christopher Papakaliatis Employing love as a vehicle, “Worlds Apart” stresses some of the most burning issues in Greece, the refugee and financial crises, which have altered the lives of people in Europe. Set in modern day Greece, “Worlds Apart” is comprised of three separate narratives each following a love story between a foreigner and a Greek. Each story represents a different generation falling in love during a time of socioeconomic turmoil that dominates Southern Europe overall, only to connect as a single story in the end. Almost like a triptych work of art where each painting…

Michael Kountouris

17.02.2017 in Arts & Culture

MICHAEL KOUNTOURIS: “Satire is a defense” “In my opinion, we shouldn’t talk about a refugee crisis, but about a refugee drama- the drama of all these people who are struggling to flee from war.” Having worked as a political cartoonist since 1985, having participated in many exhibitions all over the world and been awarded with numerous prizes, Michael Kountouris recognizes the power of sketches, especially of those without words, not only in message delivery and education, but also in disease awareness. Michael Kountouris says, “when used according to instructions, a sketch can break a bone, because it practically allows you to say…

Minoan Tastes – an interview with Jerolyn Morrison

18.01.2017 in Arts & Culture

Food, History, Pots and People How Minoan Tastes has become more than just a history project… In 2016, Politismos Museum featured three cultural exhibits (with still one series to come in 2017!). Minoan Tastes, founded by Jerolyn E. Morrison, curated the exhibits and is a social enterprise that promotes the culinary history of ancient Crete by working with a network of food experts, historians, and archaeologists. It was developed out of the desire to present scientific knowledge in a more tangible way for modern people so that they can better understand how the ancients performed daily activities. Jerolyn E. Morrison is…

The wonders of artist Dimitris Koskinas

18.01.2017 in Arts & Culture

Artist Dimitris Koskinas and his Architectural Wonders & Wonderful Superheroes! While the artwork of Dimitris Koskinas has been exhibited only in Greece and Italy, art collectors around the world anxiously await the chance to own one of his amazing pieces. Born and raised in Athens, near the Acropolis, artist Dimitris Koskinas grew up a stone’s throw away from the Parthenon, the Herodium Theater, and the Filopappou hill. These magnificent monuments were of profound influence from which he developed a great affection for Ancient Greek History and Mythology. In the early 90’s, Koskinas studied graphic design and traditional illustration. He then moved to London to further his…

CineDoc

18.01.2017 in Arts & Culture

CineDoc – Α Film Festival inspiring change Αward–winning documentaries traveling around Greece. Engaging dialogue between filmmakers and audiences. Art imitating life, with the most relevant issues at hand. This is CineDoc. Since 2009, CineDoc has been organizing screenings of award-winning documentaries across Greece, in collaboration with the Institut français de Grèce, Danaos Cinema, the Thessaloniki Film Festival and the municipality of Volos. Spanning nine months each year, the screenings are accompanied by a wide range of events designed to foster dialogue and inspire change. This year, refugee crisis, drugs, climate change, terrorism, Alzheimer’s disease, and LGBT issues are leading topics broached…

Andrea Eis, Creating a Visual Voice to Silent Conversations

18.12.2016 in Arts & Culture

Andrea Eis, Creating a Visual Voice to Silent Conversations Artist and teacher… Andrea Eis is a Professor and Director of Cinema Studies at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. Her art is a creative blend of her academic influences (classics, anthropology and photography/film/video), bringing together film, photography and even fabric. Her recent exhibit, Marginalia, will be exhibited online with Politismos this winter. We had an opportunity to speak with the artist and learn how she is giving “visual voice” to the beauty of the words that captivate her… In addition to your work as an artist and professor of cinema studies, you also have degrees in classics…

Dennis Tzannatos – Creating joy in pen & ink

18.12.2016 in Arts & Culture

Dennis Tzannatos, Creating Joy in Pencil & Ink Popular caricaturist Dennis Tzannatos was born in Toronto, Canada to Greek parents. At the young of age of only 3, he asked his mother for a pencil and paper… and so began his career! Starting in January 2017, Dennis will be creating the artwork for new children’s stories and histories on Politismos, be sure to check out his work! His artwork is also being used in the new Politismos in the Classroom projects. We are thrilled to spend a bit of time with the artist and learn about his inspirations and aspirations… It really…

The Durrells

17.11.2016 in Arts & Culture

Meet the Durrells! One of the first things I did when my niece was born 3 years ago was to compile a list of my absolute favorite children books; I’m hoping to start crossing several items off in years to come and be blessed with the opportunity to read some of them with her. “The Corfu Trilogy” is right in there, with “My Family & Other Animals” in the top rows, while my personal favorite of the three, “Birds, Beasts & Relatives”, follows right up. The Durrells in Corfu, based on Gerald Durrell’s warm and witty novels, aired in the…

Aegean Film Festival

17.11.2016 in Arts & Culture

The Aegean Docs Film Festival AegeanDocs, founded in 2013, is an international documentary film festival held annually throughout the 11 Aegean islands of Greece. The Festival aims is to introduce and promote documentaries while creating an international forum on emerging media and information technologies. Antonios Achoulias, culture feature writer for Politismos, had the opportunity to speak with festival director Kostas Spiropoulos shortly after the successful event held on Lesvos this past September of 2016. Q.This year’s AegeanDocs Festival saw a single topic chosen: the refugee crisis and marginalized groups. Why this one theme instead of a wider spectrum of topics?…

George Tzimas: A Chromatic Revolutionist

15.10.2016 in Arts & Culture

George Tzimas: A Chromatic Revolutionist “Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” -Degas Take a moment to see the art of George Tzimas and you will see a world of color, beauty and sheer joy. George Tzimas was born and raised in Athens. At the young age of 7, he began painting. Following his studies, he went on and received his fine arts ABC Diploma in France. With a spirit of humor and imagination, he began his artistic journey. Q. When did you realize you wanted to be an artist? I have always been an artist, but the turning point for me…