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Greek country side timeless convention

© Maria Kanata

Greek country side timeless convention
Greece

Candia Greece, May 2018

A series of conservative conventions linking provincial life to a seeming, capable consistency. These conventions are strictly respected by the majority of the people in the country.

The first basic convention is the diptych family and religion.

On Sunday mornings the “decent” gentlemen and the “virtuous” ladies  join the established congregation as well as wearing their best clothes to watch all kinds of celebrations. This phenomenon also happens in Athens to a  lesser extent, especially for those people who carry the province inside their consciousness, but they are  lost in the anonymous city of the many performances and contrasts.

The idea of the “good” family man is clearly being facilitated in the province.

The family here it reminds us of the old motif: the couple,  the grandchildren,  the grandparents,  the grandmothers, live close to each other and support each other.

As a rule, the Greek provinces are very conservative. Under a mask of decency and defiance, there are well hidden  many secrets and numerous malignancies.

Iria Greece Jenuary 2017

In the provinces it is normal to have a lot of hairdressers, coffee shops,  in almost every square there is one of these shops, but unfortunately there are few degraded cinemas, and of course there are no spaces for theatrical performances or cultural centres. There are some groups fighting for cultural life but I think there is something deeper that does not change with cultural events which  look  like folklore and secular events.

The provinces are  permeated vertically and horizontally by a subculture of what some gifted artists and intellectuals aptly report as ”provincialbaroque” (βλαχομπαρόκ) (Tzimis Panousis, Dionisis  Savvopoulos, Manos Hatzidakis, Vasilis Rafalidis and many others).

 

Candia Greece April 2016

This subculture is unfortunately not easily eradicated, and the responsibility of the political system is enormous because it has never renounce it and never condemn these phenomena.

In Greek provinces, where people consider beautiful hair and tinted nails  more important, appearance and money as highest  social value.

To be ‘someone’ in the Greek province, you have to be able to make lots of money in any way …For example by selling our beaches and filling them with umbrellas and deck chairs, selling rivers, mountains,  even the sea. Every value is nullified in this country  and that hurts.

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Maria Kanata
the authorMaria Kanata
I grew up in Amfissa in the Delphi area, in an atmosphere full of art with a father who was a painter, so it was almost inevitable to follow in his footsteps. I studied sculpture and ceramics in Italy and worked for several years teaching art at school. Photography has entered my life in recent years and I am passionate about it. Through it I try to capture my thoughts and get inspired from my subject and the socio-political environment. The political meaning in photography in our time and the way we can contribute through the image to the presentation of reality with honesty without embellishment but with empathy, is our duty. The crisis in Greece and the situation in the whole country are issues that both concern me and affect me. My subjects are mainly about day life and the need of people. About living in an environment that is constantly being degraded.