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Contemporary graffiti art on the walls of Athens – in pictures

The hardships and unemployment of the Greek economic collapse have led to a new wave of innovative graffiti, which is both politically aware and socially accepted – making Athens a new Mecca for street artists.

A new portrait of Plato, a man famed for his views on the state, who warned that cities ‘will have no rest from evils’ until political power and philosophy coincide

A new portrait of Plato, a man famed for his views on the state, who warned that cities ‘will have no rest from evils’ until political power and philosophy coincide

This piece depicts a casualty of Greece’s current economic fortune, a feeling shared by many of the artists whose work adorns the walls of the city

This piece depicts a casualty of Greece’s current economic fortune, a feeling shared by many of the artists whose work adorns the walls of the city

A recurring theme in contemporary graffiti on the streets of Athens is one of economic repression and class strife

A recurring theme in contemporary graffiti on the streets of Athens is one of economic repression and class strife

Complex political concepts are condensed onto single walls by artists wanting to express their frustrations or views on the current political climate

Complex political concepts are condensed onto single walls by artists wanting to express their frustrations or views on the current political climate

See no evil? While some are bright and jaunty, many of the street artworks in the Greek capital allude to deeper worries

See no evil? While some are bright and jaunty, many of the street artworks in the Greek capital allude to deeper worries

Paws for thought? While some graffiti art is explicit in its messages, other pieces are more ambiguous

Paws for thought? While some graffiti art is explicit in its messages, other pieces are more ambiguous

Surveillance by the state also features highly in the minds of graffiti artists in Athens

Surveillance by the state also features highly in the minds of graffiti artists in Athens

Some of the graffiti art in Athens offers feelings of hope and aspiration

Some of the graffiti art in Athens offers feelings of hope and aspiration

These cerebral works stand side by side in Athens, a city renowned as a base of western philosophy

These cerebral works stand side by side in Athens, a city renowned as a base of western philosophy

The Athens graffiti is illustrative of many styles, with new images on show around every street corner

The Athens graffiti is illustrative of many styles, with new images on show around every street corner

Walls are adorned with works of contemporary graffiti on the streets of Athens

Walls are adorned with works of contemporary graffiti on the streets of Athens

Walls are adorned with works of contemporary graffiti on the streets of Athens

Walls are adorned with works of contemporary graffiti on the streets of Athens

A blessing from above? Athens is anointed by a graffiti artist who is perhaps worthy of higher praise

A blessing from above? Athens is anointed by a graffiti artist who is perhaps worthy of higher praise

An oracle for the future? Whatever is around the corner for Greece, it is clear that the talented street artists of Athens will continue their impressive work

An oracle for the future? Whatever is around the corner for Greece, it is clear that the talented street artists of Athens will continue their impressive work

 

Fonte: http://www.theguardian.com/