Avdi Square

Avdi Square, photo: Mathias Völzke

In a prelude to Athenian industrialization, the silk company of Athanassios Douroutis defined the working-class neighborhood of Metaxourgeio (which means “silk factory”) and gave the central square its name (once known as Douroutis Square, now called Avdi). The neighborhood still features a high concentration of production units: metal and wood workshops, printing and car shops, some still active, others obsolete. The former factory of the silk company, one of the oldest neoclassical buildings in the city and now housing the Municipal Gallery, once employed more women than men and yet they were paid less than half the average male wage. In response to these historical remnants and not-so-past working conditions and inequalities, Sanka Iveković’s Monument to Revolution reimagines Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s Monument to Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht as a public stage in Metaxourgeio for workers’ rights, women’s rights, and class struggle.

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MAY
25
with Gigi Argyropoulou
6 pm, Avdi Square, Athens
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