”Ίχνη Εμπορίου – Traces of Commerce” first began in May 2014 as an initiative to reactivate a dead zone of Athens, “Στοά Εμπόρων – Arcade of Merchants” – and its small shops, a part of the city which has been lifeless, empty of commercial activities, for more than 20 years. […]
For 3- 6 months, artists, designers, technicians, curators, architects, artisans, designers, musicians, cooks, inventors, small business partnerships and all kinds of young artists [were] invited to use the empty shops of the Arcade, free, as an experimental workshop space (laboratories) and explore new ideas, while using the space also as showrooms for exhibiting their products/projects. In return, at least twice every month, every shop should “open” to the public and the new shop owners should pass on their knowledge in any form: workshop, exhibition, projection, presentations etc.
In a city where civic consciousness is extended only as far as everyman’s front door, a city often portrayed as chaotic and monstrous, a megalopolis to be tolerated rather than loved, such collective initiatives merit admiration, broad recognition and praise.
Applause and encore!
Voulis 8-10, Syntagma
Shared photo credits (Lia & Konstantinos)
Athens, 15-19 June 2015