The scrawl of a fallen city

Yiannis Hadjiaslanis

Yiannis Hadjiaslanis

Nowhere is Greece's ongoing struggle with its economic woes more evident than on the streets of its capital.

As Athenians continue to grapple with the Eurozone crisis, they have also had to find ways to express their frustration, anger and hope.

The city has gone to war with itself.

Now, amid the grandeur of ancient monuments and the bling of new money, a population is making its calculations for survival, demanding change with no idea how or when it will come.

Athena's marble bust outside the Registry office, smeared blind with a black mask. A torched midnight blue Porsche Roadster under an Exarcheia streetlight, the litter on its charred chassis a comment on the perceived excess of the rich. A serene beggar reading a childhood comic on the edge of Omonia Square, next to a scrawled declaration of civil war on a shop shutter.

Greek art photographer Yiannis Hadjiaslanis and I have set out to chronicle the city's conversation with itself, a portrait of a metropolis sketched in spraypaint and marker pen. 

We have been stalking the streets of Athens since November 2013, and expect to wrap up the series in January 2014.

Get in touch if you'd like to see our graffiti map of the city, tearsheets and text when they're ready.