27/02/2011

Moving out and forward

After 3 years in Zografou area (located near the University Campus, in Athens), I'm packing up and moving away. This is my way to say goodbye to my Greek university and to my current neighborhood.

16/02/2011

What would YOU wear to a "man-of-the-year" event?

Questioning "heteronormativity" was NEVER an easy job.



Wiki: Heteronormativity is any of a set of lifestyle norms that hold that people fall into distinct and complementary genders (man and woman) with natural roles in life. It also holds that heterosexuality is the normal sexual orientation, and states that sexual and marital relations are most (or only) fitting between a man and a woman. Consequently, a "heteronormative" view is one that involves alignment of biological sex, gender identity, and gender roles


Once again, FREEDOM is HOT. 

In these photos, Djibril Cissé, a French professional footballer who plays as a striker for a Greek team, attended "Man of the Year" awards ceremony in Athens wearing a black skirt. He commented on his outfit by saying that "wearing skirts is pretty common in his country of origin" (France with parents from Africa). This comment, emphasizes  the questioning of heterormativity as he refers to the "locality" of gender imagery and heteronormative gender clothing/symbols.
 
Furthermore, the man-skirt situation shouldn't be as shocking to Greek people, since  they do have (like Scottish, Africans and others) a traditional "man-skirt" called "foustanela" worn by "national guards" ("tsoliades"):


[But, I guess, 'institutionalized eccentricity' is not controversial.]


15/02/2011

Not another conventional sonnet

My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun (Sonnet 130)      

My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun;
Coral is far more red than her lips' red;
If snow be white, why then her breasts are dun;
If hairs be wires, black wires grow on her head.
I have seen roses damasked, red and white,
But no such roses see I in her cheeks;
And in some perfumes is there more delight
Than in the breath that from my mistress reeks.
I love to hear her speak, yet well I know
That music hath a far more pleasing sound;
I grant I never saw a goddess go;
My mistress when she walks treads on the ground.
And yet, by heaven, I think my love as rare
As any she belied with false compare.

"Εδώ, ο μεγάλος ελισαβετιανός δραματουργός ανατρέπει την προαιώνια παράδοση που θέλει τον έρωτα να βασίζεται σε μια ομορφιά που εξιδανικεύεται. [...] Στο σονέτο του αυτό ο Σαίξπηρ αμφισβητεί την ειλικρίνεια των μεταφορών με τις οποίες οι άντρες της εποχής του (και όχι μόνο) στολίζουν τις γυναίκες που αγαπούν ή που πολιορκούν." 
Γεωργοπούλου, Ξένια. Ζητήματα Φύλου στο θέατρο του Σαίξπηρ και της Αναγέννησης. Εκδόσεις Παπαζήση, Αθήνα, 2010.

Read all the sonnets here: http://www.shakespeares-sonnets.com/

It's all in your mind

Bird : Lady?
Lady : Yes Bird?
Bird : It's cold
Lady : I know
Lady : Bird... I cannot see a thing
Bird : It's all in your mind
Lady : I'm worried
Bird : No one will come to see us
Lady : Maybe they come but we just don't see them. What do you see?
Bird : I see what's outside
Lady : And what exactly is outside?
Bird : It's grown-ups
Lady : Well maybe if we scream they can hear us
Bird : Yeah, maybe we should try to scream
Lady : Ok, Bird
Lady & Bird : Heeeelp, Heeeelp. Can you hear us now? Hello! Help! Hello, it's me. Hey. Can you see...? Can you see me? I'm here. Nana come and take us. Hello. Are you there? Hello!
Lady : I don't think they can hear us.
Bird : I can hear you lady
Bird : Do you want to come with me lady?
Lady : Will you be nice to me Bird?
Lady : You're always be nice to me because you're my friend
Bird : I try but sometimes I make mistakes
Lady : Nana says we all make mistakes
Bird : Maybe we should scream more
Lady : Yes, Bird let's scream more
Lady & Bird : Help ! Help us ! Come on ! Help ! Hello ! Help!  Hello ! We're lost!
[...]
Bird : It's all in your mind

14/02/2011

Activism: "All the lovers" kissing in Syntagma

"Kiss-in" against Homophobia in Syntagma square, Athens 14/02/11:


In this photo, activist and dear friend, Stavros Giannakopoulos (gaywebtv) with fellow activist Stefanos Agelastos (AthensPride) - looking good together.

U.K.A. = Unidentified kissing activists.
[The cadre is hand-made by my grand-father.]

And last but not least, Leo Kalovyrnas (chief editor of 10% mag) with a U.K.A.
More info on this occasion here:  Gay Youth in Athens to Stage Public Valentine’s ‘Kiss-In’

12/02/2011

A letter

"I feel certain that I am going mad again. I feel we can't go through another of those terrible times. And I shan't recover this time. I begin to hear voices, and I can't concentrate. So I am doing what seems the best thing to do. You have given me the greatest possible happiness. You have been in every way all that anyone could be. I don't think two people could have been happier 'til this terrible disease came. I can't fight any longer. I know that I am spoiling your life, that without me you could work. And you will I know. You see I can't even write this properly. I can't read. What I want to say is I owe all the happiness of my life to you. You have been entirely patient with me and incredibly good. I want to say that – everybody knows it. If anybody could have saved me it would have been you. Everything has gone from me but the certainty of your goodness. I can't go on spoiling your life any longer. I don't think two people could have been happier than we have been. V." 

Virginia Woolf

[On 28 March 1941, Woolf put on her overcoat, filled its pockets with stones, and walked into the River Ouse near her home and drowned.]

Darwin's Birthday


"Darwin is the one who accidentally killed (the concept of) God. Nietzsche is just the one who performed the autopsy afterwards." Kostas Kanellopoulos
Why Celebrate Darwin Day?
American Humanist Association - vimeo.com - RichardDawkins.net 

A reminder for a friend

[...]
Et par le pouvoir d'un mot
Je recommence ma vie
Je suis né pour te connaître
Pour te nommer

Liberté

Paul Eluard 
in Poésies et vérités, 1942


11/02/2011

Tahrir Square: Egypt is FREE

The people of Egypt have shown the world that youth activism can change ANYTHING. 18 days has ended 30 years of oppression. Congrats! Long live the revolution!
A child sitting on an army tank in Tahrir Square, with a banner that reads: Egypt is free.
(Soutenir l'espérance de la victoire)

Sketch

*Snap*

well, clean up the dirt / there's just more dirt to clean up tomorrow
make the beds you just have to make tomorrow / wash the dishes, more to wash tomorrow  
make dinner, it just gets eaten. doesn't it? / the world keeps growing and feeding
doesn't feed you, does it?

but, uh, how much can you take? / how much can you take before you snap?
how much can you take? / how much can you take?
how much can you take? / how much can you take before you snap?

lying on your bed looking at the ceiling / waiting for something to happen
and knowing all the time that you were meant / for something better.
feeling it / wanting it

but, uh, how much can you take? / how much can you take?
how much can you take before you snap?

10/02/2011

Τό Ψωμί

του Μίλτου Σαχτούρη

Ἕνα τεράστιο καρβέλι, μιὰ πελώρια φραντζόλα ζεστὸ ψωμί,
εἶχε πέσει στὸ δρόμο ἀπὸ τὸν οὐρανό,
ἕνα παιδὶ μὲ πράσινο κοντὸ βρακάκι καὶ μὲ μαχαίρι
ἔκοβε καὶ μοίραζε στὸν κόσμο γύρω,
ὅμως καὶ μία μικρή, ἕνας μικρὸς ἄσπρος ἄγγελος.
κι αὐτὴ μ᾿ ἕνα μαχαίρι ἔκοβε καὶ μοίραζε
κομμάτια γνήσιο ο ὐ ρ α ν ὸ
κι ὅλοι τώρα τρέχαν σ᾿ αὐτή, λίγοι πηγαῖναν στὸ ψωμί,
ὅλοι τρέχανε στὸν μικρὸν ἄγγελο ποὺ μοίραζε οὐρανό!
Ἂς μὴν τὸ κρύβουμε.
Διψᾶμε γιὰ οὐρανό.

Ophelia's end



[...] And the poet says that by starlight You come seeking, in the night, the flowers that you picked And that he has seen on the water, lying in her long veils White Ophelia floating, like a great lily. [...] Arthur Rimbaud

Όλος ο κόσμος, μία σκηνή.