“Art is inseparable from justice at last…. It becomes a meeting-place of the invisible, the irreducible, the enduring guts, and honour” John Berger in Minors.
Doctors of the World Greece are inviting you this Friday, July 7th 2017, at 20:00 at METApolis Gallery (Stoa Kairi 6, 3rd floor, Monastiraki, Athens) to attend the opening of the exhibition “Pain & Hope”, where 17 refugees and asylum seekers are presenting their works of art, aged from 12 to 48 years old, coming from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, that participated in the programs of Doctors of the World. The exhibition constitutes a work of social empowerment, where artists from the refugee community of Northern Greece were invited to create a connection with each other and their stories, with each other and their communities and thus they appear as bearers of inspiration and transformation. The exhibition in the space of METApolis constitutes the third stop after Thessaloniki and Prague.
Over 30,000 refugees reached Northern Greece during the last few years under hard conditions, which cope with the adverse path of migration, continuous loss, the growing feeling of angst and stress that comes with the uncertainty they face regarding their future. The Organization of Doctors of the World is active in the accommodation facilities for refugees since the beginning of 2016, having met a great number of children, women, men, young adults who, out of passion, out of choice, and sometimes out of desperation or need to fill in the gap of all the months that have passed inert because of their condition, they invoked different forms of art in order to deal with the adversities they are facing every day.
And that is how the first exhibition “Pain & Hope” was created in March 2017 from the Organization of Doctors of the World, in which artists from different accommodation facilities throughout Northern Greece shared their realities, their tribulations, as well as their love and hope through poetry, painting and sketching, they sought out and found patterns, forms that can support their experience in a more “tolerable” way for themselves.. as well as for others.
*The space is not accessible by elevator
* The space is temporarily not accessible for people with mobility limitations