007 | Slim 1ne

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The city of Athens has become globally recognised as one of the leading cities of political graffiti.

The entire metropolis is one big canvas used by artists and activists, both local and international, to tell a story or send their message to the world.

One such person is Greek-Australian Slim 1ne, who like the founders of Lost Athina was born and raised in Melbourne, but has always felt a strong connection with Athens and everything the Greek capital represents.

Slim 1ne is best known for his paste-ups, which he has been doing for about four years.

“Four years isn’t a great deal of time but during that period I’ve managed to refine my style and the concepts I wish to communicate. I still have a lot work to put in before I can have any credibility as a street artist, a label I fucking hate,” says Slim 1ne.

“I also illustrate, photograph unsuspecting prey and I’m actively involved in left-wing politics,” he tells us. 

While in Athens Slim 1ne worked on a paste-up which now adorned the wall of a parking lot in the inner-city suburb of Exarcheia, which is itself a hotbed for activists and artists.

His paste-up has been photographed and posted by thousands of people on social media, which is no surprise given how relevant and well timed the piece was.

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“I put it up in Exarcheia and it depicts an old wrinkly man (sorry George) with a black T-shirt around his face attempting to crush the euro sign, the representation of neo liberal policies which have wreaked havoc on the working class of Greece. Blood is seeping out from the cracks of the euro, symbolising the millions who have been effected by the crisis and those risking their lives fighting for a better world,”
Slim 1ne explains.

“I wish i did more pieces while I was in Athens, I definitely will be when i decide to go back.”

The artist also used his time to work on his photography and has decided to share some of his work with us on Lost Athina.

It’s a unique view of the city through the eyes of a talented young man that lives thousands of miles away but still feels a sense of home in Athens.

“Athens is beautiful. I absolutely love it. The combination of a dilapidated, poorly planned city covered in graffiti with a history, culture and architecture dating back thousands of years makes it so unique. Thats my kind of city! It definitely reinforced my socialist ideologies. If you want a modern, concrete example of why we need to fight for an alternative to capitalism then head on down to Athens. The birthplace of democracy.”

Among the photos Slim one took during his stay in Athens are a series of photos from the lead-up and short-lived celebrations following the July referendum on whether or not Greece should accept a third memorandum from its EU Partners.

“Athens is beautiful. I absolutely love it. The combination of a dilapidated, poorly planned city covered in graffiti with a history, culture and architecture dating back thousands of years makes it so unique. Thats my kind of city! It definitely reinforced my socialist ideologies. If you want a modern, concrete example of why we need to fight for an alternative to capitalism then head on down to Athens. The birthplace of democracy.”

“I was lucky enough to be there during the bailout referendum so i got some pretty good snaps of the demonstrations leading up to the vote and the celebrations after the people said OXI to the third memorandum. I mean I’ve photographed at demos in my home city before but this was something different. I was brought to tears a number of times because you could see and feel the outpouring of emotions by people who simply had enough. This was what I tried to capture. I also took some portrait shots of homeless people and just the city in general. There is so much interesting shit to take photos of. I took my camera basically everywhere I went.”

Asked if there are any photos he took that stand out Slim one says one in particular comes to mind.

It was taken towards the end of a demonstration, my mates and I were all leaving and i some how managed to listen in to an argument between a couple of students and a cameraman working for one of Greece’s mainstream media outlets. Everyone in Greece knows how bias the media is and the students were giving it to the cameraman telling him to quit his job and stop working with the devil. I took a photo of them mid argument with the Greek parliament lit up in the background.”

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See Slim 1ne’s images of Athens in the gallery below

Check out more art on Slim 1ne’s instagram.

*All photos without Lost Athina watermark have been provided by & belong to Slim 1ne.

 
 

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