'NO to division-YES to unity' - Protest Performance
'NO to division-YES to unity' - A public-space protest performance on Greek society Under Crisis
 
This performance took place in the eve of the Referendum 5 July 2015, by which the Greek government called the citizens to decide on the bailout conditions and subsequent austerity measures proposed by the country's lenders, the EU, the ECB and the IMF. 

While the Greek government insisted that the referendum question only concerned the bailout programme and the austerity measures and not the country's position in the EU, the European lenders, together with the IMF, clearly implied that they considered the referendum to regard the participation of Greece in the European Union and in the Eurozone, thus mounting the pressure on the Greek people, who were already facing the recent imposition of capital controls. 
 
Under these circumstances, in the week before the referendum took place, the Greek electorate, which, following the January 2015 elections had remained largely united behind the newly elected anti-austerity government, had clearly broken into two opposing groups, the self-proclaimed pro-Euro 'NAI' (YES) 'party' and the anti-austerity 'OXI' (NO) 'party'. Large protests by supporters of both 'parties' took place almost every day in the capital, at Syntagma Square, and throughout the country. 
 
After 5 years of economic crisis, austerity and deprivation, the Greek people were now facing a yet greater challenge: Social and Political Division.
Looming for the past 5 years, social and financial inequalities had now come out in the open, also reviving traumas from Greece's historical past - and especially the 1946-1949 Civil War - forgotten but never quite healed.

This performance - which took place at Syntagma (Constitution) Square, in front of the Greek Parliament and the Monument of the Uknown Soldier, which symbolizes the combats and sacrifices of the Greek people - was perceived as a call to awareness for the need to preserve Unity in a decisive moment for our history and for our future.

Photos: Euphrosyne Triantis/Deborah Corso
The two bags, both marked with 'OXI (NO)' on one side and 'NAI(YES)' on the other, were filled with corn, which was fed to the pigeons - the same kind of corn and the same pigeons for both bags - in a gesture that meant to symbolize the sacrifice of the many, who often are put to war against each other for 'great causes' and 'sacred wars' that often prove futile and vain and are instigated by the powerful, in order to protect their own interests. 
 
Only a united front of aware and well informed citizens can protect social unity, human rights and democracy - in Greece, in Europe and worldwide.
'NO to division-YES to unity' - Protest Performance
4
62
0
Published:

'NO to division-YES to unity' - Protest Performance

'NO to division-YES to unity' - A public-space protest performance on Greek society under Crisis After 5 years of economic crisis, austerity and Read More
4
62
0
Published:

Creative Fields