Christos Georgiou

Children of the Riots

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CountryGreece/England
Date2011
Medium/Dimensions52’
CreditsCourtesy of the artist
VenueFilm Lounge

On 6th December 2008, 15-year old Alexandros Grigoropoulos was shot dead by police in central Athens while on a night out with his friends from school. News of his death spread at the speed of light through social media resulting in massive demonstrations against police brutality and, as Georgiou’s film suggests, in the radicalisation of an entire generation in Greece. The 15-year old teenagers of 2008 are today’s 20-year old students and young unemployed. They are technologically adept, experienced in organising for protest and have a mindset of profound distrust against state apparatuses. They are a strong reason to start thinking about the future and the transversal relations connecting social struggles.