Syntagma Square

Syntagma Square, photo: Mathias Völzke

Due to its prominent location in front of the Greek Parliament, the central square of Athens has long served as the starting and ending point for many assemblies and demonstrations. Its original name was “Palace Square,” but after the Revolution of September 3, 1843, when a military uprising supported by the people forced King Otto to form a constitution (syntagma), it was renamed. Syntagma Square has been occupied numerous times by various social and political movements since then, demonstrating for human rights and speaking up about living conditions. With an interest in uncovering historical and political realities, economic ties, and social relations embedded in specific sites, Ibrahim Mahama shapes an intervention in Syntagma Square by repurposing jute sacks, once used for carrying commodities, to reveal the layers of political action performed on this square over time.

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