Miguel Rio Branco – Nada Levarei Quando Morrer

When I die I will take nothing, those who owe me I will charge in hell


Kowloon Walled City – Hong Kong

Images and captions by Greg Girard from his book City of Darkness

Kowloon Walled City, 1987

Kwong Ming Street, Kowloon Walled City, 1989

Mail Delivery, Kowloon Walled City, 1989

BBQ Meat Factory, 1990

Heroin User, Walled City Rooftop, 1987

Metal grate protects temple from garbage, thrown from upper floors, 1989

The Kowloon Walled City in Hong Kong was once the most densely populated place on earth, a teeming hive of interlinking high-rises that few dared to enter but 33,000 people called home. Demolished two decades ago, the virtually lawless labyrinth is now a park.

Paul Tang Kam -cheung was a teenager when he joined the Hong Fat Shan triad gang – later known as the 14K – in the 1950s. The gang’s activities included narcotic trafficking, illegal gambling, and operating strip clubs and brothels. Mr. Tang became a heroin addict and did jail time for robbery and drugs. He moved out of the Walled City after converting to Christianity and becoming a pastor.

Watch the interactive presentation of the city from the WSJ.

Galpao da Araujo Barreto – a testimony of a place that no longer exists

A project by Sebastian Liste

This project is a testimony of a place that no longer exists.

In 2003, dozens of families occupied the “Galpao da Araujo Barreto”, an abandoned chocolate factory in Salvador de Bahia, Brazil. Prior to establishing themselves in this place, these families lived throughout the dangerous streets of the city, but tired of living with so much violence and despair they came together to seize this deserted factory, which lay in ruins, and they transformed it into a home for themselves.

Since 2009, I have been documenting the community of Barreto. From my studies in sociology, I understood that this was a unique community. This vast subculture within the greater city became one extended family. They created a microcosm in which the problems of drugs, prostitution and violence could be tackled with the support of the community.

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More about Sebastian Liste

Antoine d’ Agata

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“It’s not how a photographer looks at the world that is important. It’s their intimate relationship with it”

– Antoine d’Agata

Antoine d’Agata is a French photographer and film director. His work deals with topics that are often considered taboo, such as addiction, sex, personal obsessions, darkness, and prostitution. D’Agata is a full member of Magnum Photos.

Check out his work at www.magnumphotos.com

saints. – Panos Kefalos

“Three years in the making, ‘saints’ is a personal journey in the private universe of a group of Afghan children living in Athens. Working very closely with them, photographer Panos Kefalos explores their everyday life, their games and their dreams and documents the interaction and influence of the adult world (with its overtones of war and violence) and the hardships they have to endure, constantly putting their innocence to the test.”
– Panos Kefalos

Check out his work at www.panoskefalos.com

Buy his book here

Permanent Nomads – Panos Arvanitakis

Realized during a 5-month period between 2011-2012, this photographic project documents the lives of people living in a Roma community in the suburbs of Thessaloniki.

“In October 2011, in cooperation with the social organization ‘Arsis’, and the help of a psychologist, I started visiting the ‘Tsairia’ Roma community in the Peraia region in the suburbs of Thessaloniki, in order to photograph its people.
I was instantly drawn by the unknown world that opened up in front of my eyes and I felt so excited that I immediately lifted my camera to capture what I was witnessing. But how could I start?

In this first approach, it was the kids that help me out. Laughing, yelling and playing, they welcomed me with the pure trust that children usually show to adults. That was the first step and the feeling was great. I soon realized that I had to erase all my prejudices in my head, since I had entered a totally different world, with a totally different perception of life. Once I started talking pictures of the kids, I got to know the parents who also welcomed me into their settlements. I felt touched and in return I gave them some printed photos.

During the 5-month period of visiting the community, I witnessed great contradictions. In a place surrounded by huge amounts of trash, people could be seen taking care of the cleanliness and neatness of their residencies. Many of them suffered by diseases and didn’t have access to essential goods and services such as heating, water or a sewer system, but they were still smiling and laughing. Through my discussions with people from the community, I also realized that the Roma were not welcomed in our society. They were encountered with racism and children were not accepted in the public schools of the area.

In October 2012, people from the community visited an exhibition of the project, and it was wonderful to observe them looking at themselves in the printed pictures. It was a real celebration. Now, following a few years, things have changed. The president of the community passed away, a lot of Roma abandoned their places and those who remained are facing even greater difficulties. In December 2014, due to heavy rain, the whole place flooded.

I named the project ‘Permanent Nomads’. Those people have lived for almost 30 years in the same place, but their soul has nevertheless remained nomadic.”

– Panos Arvanitakis

More about Panos panosarvanitakis.com

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URSOMORTO – Fabricio Brambatti

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O melhor banheiro é sempre o da nossa casa. Ocupação – São Paulo

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Fabricio Brambatti Photographer and movie director based in São Paulo – Brasil

Member of angustia.photo – Director at iconoclast.tv

Ergo Sum – Valerio Polici

Text by Valerio Polici

“Graffiti was the missing piece in our puzzle to remain teen ager forever”
(Ruzd Drm crew. Berlin 1999)

Becoming an adult, it is a complex and sometimes very painful process. The responsibility, the renunciations, the loss of the wonder are not always easy to accept. Terrorized from this transition some kids decide to stop for a while in a halfway stage to take their “out of cell time”, before that the tranquillity and the carelessness will vanish forever. I decided to tell this suspension through the community of the graffiti writers, that in this activity they find the perfect tool for such evasion. In the obsessive research of a momentary freedom, they tend to substitute the real world with their micro-reality, to which they feel to belong much more. For this reason, their existences got catapulted in this limbo populated by myths legends and heroic deeds, where often they remained locked for the entire life.

The graffiti sub-culture, born in the New York ghettos during the years of the Warhol’s prophecy of the “15 minutes of fame for all”, was the expression of the sense of inadequacy and depersonalization, that groups of persons felt in a society that would have never perceived them. Therefore they tried to chase that fame, writing their invisible stories on all urban surfaces, to shout their existence out into the world. Almost half century later, this “movement” infected all the western world, taking roots on several social net. Not anymore a tool of expression just for the less fortunate social classes, but an occasion for everybody to rebuilt their own identity, although in a parallel world, free from the personal limitations.

The appeal of being outlaw, the obstacles, and the theatricality of the location where their “missions” take place, make their life appear as those of modern knight errant, in a constant request of new adventures.

In the last three years i followed several groups of graffiti writers between Europe and Argentina.

Among intrusions, climbing, infinite running and a lots of adrenaline, this is the story of their escape and to a certain extent also about mine.





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Peter Beste – photographing Black Metal



By Peter Beste

In the last two decades a bizarre and violent musical subculture called black metal has emerged in Norway. It’s roots stem from a heady blend of horror films, extreme heavy metal music, Satanism, pagan mythology, and adolescent angst. In the early-mid 1990’s, members of this extremist underground committed murder, burned down medieval wooden churches, and desecrated graveyards. What started as a juvenile frenzy came to symbolize the start of a war against Christianity, a return to the worship of the ancient Norse gods, and the complete rejection of mainstream society. I spent seven years photographing this insulated and secretive community.

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natte church back

Το Αθηναϊκό Underground

CAMP Contemporary Art Meeting Point

Ευπολίδος 4 & Απελλού 2, Πλ.Κοτζιά, 105 51 Αθήνα, +302103247679,http://campoint.gr/
Διάρκεια: 29 Ιουνίου – 14 Οκτωβρίου 2012

Ώρες λειτουργίας: Δευτέρα-Κυριακή 14:00-21:00

athens underground

Στα τέλη Ιουνίου παρουσιάζεται στο Camp το πρώτο μέρος της έκθεσης “Το Αθηναϊκό Underground” με τον υπότιτλο 1964-1983. Η έκθεση φιλοδοξεί να καταγράψει το εύρος αυτού του ιστορικού φαινομένου, τόσο χρονολογικά όσο και περιπτωσιολογικά. Από τις πρώτες νύξεις για το ύφος στις σελίδες του περιοδικού Πάλι έως στον μηδενισμό του punk και τη σταδιακή πολιτικοποίηση και ριζοσπαστικοποίηση του φαινομένου. Από τα δεκάδες έντυπα των 70s και 80s που διανέμονταν στην πλατεία Εξαρχείων έως ψυχεδελικές και underground τάσεις στις γκαλερί της εποχής. Από το παραισθητικό και παραβατικό σινεμά έως τη σχέση των εικαστικών με τη μουσική της εποχής.

Η έκθεση επιχειρεί να αναλύσει το κλίμα εκείνης της εποχής, πολιτισμικό και πολιτικό, το οποίο (ίσως) εμφανίζει παράδοξες ομοιότητες με τη σημερινή. Ακριβώς γι’ αυτό το λόγο η ιστορική ανασκόπηση αυτή θέλει ν’ ανοίξει διάλογο με μια ανήσυχη καλλιτεχνική σκηνή των ημερών μας που θα μπορούσε, υπό κάποιο πρίσμα, να θεωρηθεί το “νέο underground”.

Μετά το τέλος του πρώτου μέρους θα ξεκινήσει το δεύτερο μέρος με τίτλο “To Αθηναϊκό Underground-1984-2012”, όπου παρουσιάζονται περιπτώσεις καλλιτεχνών που δραστηριοποιιούνται σε κάτι (;) που μοιάζει επικίνδυνα με “underground”. Κατά τη διάρκεια της τρίμηνης διάρκειά της, η έκθεση θα πλαισιωθεί με προβολές, εκδηλώσεις και συζητήσεις όπου οι πρωταγωνιστές εκείνης της εποχής θα καταθέσουν, προσωπικά την εμπειρία τους. Η έκθεση θα συμπληρωθεί με την έκδοση ενός πλούσια εικονογραφημένοου βιβλίου με αναλυτικές προσεγγίσεις στο φαινόμενο από ερευνητές και μελετητές.

Καλλιτέχνες της έκθεσης Underground: 1964-1983: 
Αλέξης Ακριθάκης, Μίνως Αργυράκης, Νάνος Βαλαωρίτης, Στήβ Γιαννάκος, Στέργιος Δελιαλής, Νίκος Ζερβός, Λάζαρος Ζήκος, Πάνος Κουτρουμπούσης, Nick Lyber [Νίκος Λυμπερόπουλος], Ηλίας Πολίτης, Θανάσης Ρεντζής, Αλέξης Ταμπουράς, Κωστής Τριανταφύλλου, Λεωνίδας Χρηστάκης, Γιάννης Αρκούδης Χριστοδούλου, Χρήστος Ζυγομαλάς.

Συντονισμός-επιμέλεια: Θανάσης Μουτσόπουλος. Επιμελητής έντυπου αρχείου: Νεκτάριος Παπαδημητρίου. Επιμελητής εικαστικού αρχείου: Παντελής Αραπίνης. Επιιμελητής κινηματογραφικού αρχείου: Γιάννης Χαριτίδης. Επιμελητής εικονογραφικού αρχείου: Θανάσης Μουτσόπουλος.

Πρόγραμμα Β’ κύκλου παράλληλων εκδηλώσεων

Παρασκευή 5/10, 19.00 Προβολή του ντοκιμαντέρ του Αντώνη Μποσκοϊτη για την Κατερίνα Γώγου, “Για την Αποκατάσταση του Μαύρου” (2012). Ακολουθεί συζήτηση με τον σκηνοθέτη.

Σάββατο 6/10, 19.00 “Κενό Δίκτυο: Ο ρόλος της καλλιτεχνικής συνειδητότητας στην αντικαθεστωτικη κουλτούρα”. Παρουσίαση και συζήτηση του εναλλακτικού δρόμου της ομάδας.

Κυριακή 7/10, 19.00 “Η αφομοίωση του underground από το mainstream στην Ελλάδα, και άλλες μεταμοντέρνες ιστορίες”. Ανακοίνωση του Θανάση Μουτσόπουλου.

Δευτέρα 8/10, 19.00 “Ανισόπεδες Υπερβάσεις”. Προβολή του ντοκιμαντέρ του Γιάννη Μισιουρίδη για τους Lost Bodies (2011). Στη συνέχεια ο Θάνος Κόης (Lost Bodies) συζητάει με τον μουσικοκριτικό Αργύρη Ζήλο και το κοινό.

Τρίτη 9/10, 19.00 Προβολή ελληνικών underground ταινιών μικρού μήκους. Συζήτηση “Underground και Πειραματικός Κινηματογράφος ΙΙ”. Γιώργος Μαυροειδής, Μάνος Κατσούλης, Γιάννης Χαριτίδης. Συντονίζει η Λίνα Φονταρά.

Τετάρτη 10/10, 19.00 Ανακοίνωση του σκηνοθέτη Θανάση Ρεντζή σε σχέση με την κοινωνική διάσταση του underground.

Πέμπτη 11/10, 19.00 “Έρωτας και Επανάσταση”. Προβολή της ταινίας του Νίκου Αλευρά, “Οι Σφαίρες πέφτουν σαν το Χαλάζι και ο τραυματισμένος καλλιτέχνης αναστενάζει” (1977).

Παρασκευή 12/10, 19.00 Συζήτηση “Εκδόσεις και underground”: Γιώργος Γαρμπής, Μιχάλης Πρωτοψάλτης και Σαράντης Κορωνάκος. Συντονίζει ο Νεκτάριος Παπαδημητρίου.

Σάββατο 13/10, 19.00 “Κτίριο Καλλιτεχνών: η εμπειρία της Καταληψης της Γ’ Σεπτεμβριου 43 (1987-1997). Προβολή του ντοκιμαντέρ του Μπάμπη Πλαϊτάκη, “Το Κτίριο των Καλλιτεχνών” (1990). Ακολουθεί συζήτηση με τους Μιχάλη Λαγκουβάρδο, Γιάννης Κουτρούλη και Γιάννη Σκαλτσά. Συντονίζει ο Τζίμης Ευθυμίου.

Κυριακή 14/10, 19.00 “Οtherground: οι μεταμορφώσεις του underground μετά το ’80”. Συζητούν οι: Τζίμης Ευθυμίου (Αέρα Πατέρα, Ορίζοντας γεγονότων, Κατεχάκη 54), Γιάννης Ραουζαίος (Κενό Δίκτυο), Θανάσης Μουτσόπουλος.

Taken from elculture.gr/