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Artemis Agrotera Temple

Last January, at Microgeographies’ Chapter II: An Accidental Guide to Urban Commoning, our narrative was centered around the violence and greed that characterize the site of the temple of Artemis (Diana) Agrotera (the Huntress), an important historical and archeological site in the center of Athens. In Collaboration with THE APARTMENT off site, the Association ‘Ardittos”  and the Initiative of Residents of Mets, we had focused on the action of local communities and on underlining small gestures by social and artistic groups that assert a political and poetic experience of urban life over corporate interests and aesthetic homogenization, violence and greed.

 

After one year, Microgeographies‘ Chapter III re-narrates focusing on the gradual desacralisation of the site and the revivification of the ancient ruins of Artemis (Diana) Agrotera’ site through the therapeutical use of art performance by artists and the local community.

(Upcoming micro-exhibition september-november 2014)
A fiew words on the history of the site: in 1778, the temple, already transformed at the Orthodox church of “Panagia tis Petras”, was demolished and its materials were used for the building of the walls around the Acropolis. Until today the site has been contested by residents, architects and archaeologists who are opposed to the development plans of real estate and construction companies that are interested in the area which prides itself for its magnificent view of the Acropolis.

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