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    This is a series of illustrations used in a book as part of a student project i did during my studies in ATEI of Athens back in 2010. The book is… Read More
    This is a series of illustrations used in a book as part of a student project i did during my studies in ATEI of Athens back in 2010. The book is a personal interpretation of the song of Dionysis Savvopoulos: "Dimosthenous Lexis". I created an abstract narration by illustrating the lyrics inspired by the atmosphere, the feelings of pessimism and loneliness and the personal human drama that the song describes. The song beyond the wonderful melody gives you a hint to think and delivers a strong political and social message for that period. I tried to reflect this in my images in a way i perceive it and my visual revision of the song also emphasises the timeless subject of human feelings and behaviours. caparo © 2010 Read Less
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Seventies in Greece and the political situation is unstable with a military junta already since 1967 in power. Strict sencorship and propaganda, powerful spying of any suspect of being against the junta. It lasted till 1973, 4 days after Turkey's invasion of Northern Cyprus. During these 7 years, music was a way to react and help the citizens realize. Dionysis Savvopoulos, born in Thessaloniki in 1944, was imprisoned in 1967 by junta because of his political convictions. This song ("Δημοσθένους λέξις" = "Demosthenes' word") was recorded in 1970 for the album "Vromiko Psomi" (= Dirty Bread).
All video scenes are taken at the city center of Athens.
 
An amateour translation of the original lyrics:
 
What if I am free, out of this prison
Nobody will be waiting for me
Deserted all the streets will be
and my city a complete stranger
 
All the cafes will be closed
while all my friends will have fled
And I ‘ll just blow with the wind
The day I am free, out of this prison
 
And the sun will fall asleep
Behind the ruins of Olynthos
And they will be like creatures in a myth
All my friends and enemies
 
They will all stand still
Rhetors and conmen
Beggers, prostitutes and prophets
They will all stand still
 
I am gonna stand by the gate
Carrying the blankets under my arm
And with a slow move of the head
I am gonna greet the guard
 
Without will, without a god
Like a king in ancient drama
I am gonna say the word
When I stand by the gate.
 
Music / Lyrics: Dionysis Savvopoulos
 
 
This is a series of illustrations used in a book as part of a student project i did during my studies in ATEI of Athens back in 2010. The book is a personal interpretation of the song of Dionysis Savvopoulos: "Dimosthenous Lexis". I created an abstract narration by illustrating the lyrics inspired by the atmosphere, the feelings of pessimism and loneliness and the personal human drama that the song describes. The song beyond the wonderful melody gives you a hint to think and delivers a strong political and social message for that period. I tryed to reflect this in my images in a way i perceive it and my visual revision of the song also emphasises the timeless subject of human feelings and behaviours.
 
Kostas Kaparos © 2010
Student project

Credits:
Tutor: Sofia Vlazaki
Book binder - Cover: Giannis Evangelidis
Papers: Patronis

Exclusively designed with BPrmono typeface
designed from Giorgos Triantafyllakos - Backpacker

 
The book was digitaly printed in one copy and hand made binded.