Chewing Gum and Graffiti: Aestheticized City Rhetoric in Post-2008 Athens

G.E.E. Verstraete, Cristina Ampatzidou

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Abstract

The post-2008 austerity measures imposed on Greece made public space in the city of Athens the prime target of economic development and city marketing. These processes are based on aesthetic strategies of ‘cleaning up’ and imposing a certain visual order while disposing signs of deprivation and exclusion in the streets. Referencing the works of Chantal Mouf fe and Jacques Rancière and illustrating a series of cases, we demonstrate how this exclusionary ‘police order’ of neoliberal consensus conf irms and reinforces the borders between the visible and invisible, acceptable and unacceptable. This is, however, contested by a more democratic aesthetics of redistribution, based on dif ference, which emerges as soon as the implemented order meets the world of complexity, boundaries and resistance.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationVisualizing the Street
Subtitle of host publicationNew Practices of Documenting, Navigating and Imagining the City
EditorsPedram Dibazar, Judith Naeff
Place of PublicationAmsterdam
PublisherAmsterdam University Press
Chapter9
Pages187-206
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9789048535019
ISBN (Print)9789462984356
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2019

Publication series

NameCities and Cultures

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