Athens Insider Summer 2020

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Should we be talking gender in 2018?

Four lady ambassadors draw on their personal experience as career diplomats to speak on glass ceilings, rooms full of blue suits and how old boys’ networks in the patriarchal world of public affairs and diplomacy are giving way to a more diverse, balanced foreign office. Asked in 1933 whether the diplomatic service should be o...

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Steve Lazarides: The Man Behind Banksy

Steve Lazarides on the ever-elusive Banksy’s most shocking stunt yet With the staged self-destruction of his own 1.4 million dollar painting at an auction, Banksy shocked the world yet again and cemented his status as one of the most fascinating and unpredictable artists of our time. Back in May 2010 Athens Insider spoke with...

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Eating, Sleeping, Breathing Music

When you hear the phrase rock and roll, the image that appears in your mind is probably one that Richard Bellia took. Born with the gift of artistry, Bellia has used his eye for passion and talent to photograph dozens of iconic rock musicians in a groundbreaking career spanning almost 40 years. Richard Bellia’s legendary career as a photo...

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Jeffrey Eugenides at the SNFCC

WHAT: Internationally known Pulitzer Laureate Jeffrey Eugenides will talk with author Kallia Papadaki and journalist and book critic Mikela Chartoulari in collaboration with the Athens 2018 World Book Capital Festival. Eugenides brings his unique experience as an American writer of Greek and Irish descent and will discuss these influences on his cr...

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Robert McCabe’s Journey through Time

Nothing captures a Greece before the advent of mass tourism like Robert McCabe’s photographs of the country. McCabe travelled extensively through the Aegean between 1955 and 1957, capturing locals and pristine landscapes with his Rolleiflex. The result is a stunning collection of images depicting a Greece perhaps lost. “When I...

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Losing his marbles over the Marbles

Konstantin Kakanias dons an activist hat for his new exhibition using whimsical drawings and ceramic tiles laced with sardonic humour to engage in one of the world's most captivating cultural debates, the Return of the Parthenon Marbles. In the few brief meetings I’ve had with Konstantin Kakanias, it’s always been frenzied, hi...

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Chloé Moglia, the Suspensionist

Isabelle Merminod and Tim Baster capture the callisthenic poetry of French artist Chloé Moglia whose perches over her six-metre high metal frame can only be described as ‘suspension in disbelief’. Dangling, with no nets, from a bar that barely snakes its way around her body, Moglia relies only on her coarse, callused hands and strong arms...

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A Literary Labour of Love

Matt Stanley, who penned three crime thrillers under the pseudonym James McCreet, writes his tenth book, A Collar for Cerebrus, under his real name, in a style far-removed from the blood and gore of his Victorian mysteries. In a long, candid interview with Sudha Nair-Iliades, he confesses that this insightful opus is an ode to his beloved...

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A Requiem for a Master Storyteller

John Zervos pays tribute to Philip Kerr, a master of historical detective fiction, and the creator of Bernie Gunther, one of the most endearing, wisecracking detectives in crime writing. In his last book, Greeks Bearing Gifts, published a week after his death in March this year, Kerr leaves behind a compelling spy novel that moves swiftly...

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