Four Years of Greece's Great Depression
This coming May will mark four years since the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund took control of the Greek economy. Although massively important, it’s an anniversary not many people will want to celebrate.
As more of a memento than a celebration, photographer Dimitris Michalakis has put together a selection of 40 photographs that he’s taken over the past four years. The series depicts the social impact of austerity in Greece, and serves as a snapshot into almost half a decade dominated by headlines about “social polarity,” “debt” and “economic crisis.”
Greece has seen a revival of what in the 1930s was termed “The Great Depression.” The economic crisis has led to a restructuring of the conditions surrounding both production and consumption, as well as of the social fabric.
Many demonstrations led to violent conflicts. They resulted in damages to buildings of great historical and architectural value, with city streets resembling bombed landscapes.
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