This year, during the 9th Syros International Film Festival edition, a one-day workshop will be held in collaboration with the Athens-based filmmaker and poet Jazra Khaleed, who has chosen to organize a walk that includes multiple sites related to the industrial and labor history of the island, including the Industrial Museum of Hermoupolis.

During the workshop, the artist and participants will engage with the ways in which the politics and poetics of the city’s industrial landscape are perceived and displayed, exploring ways of documenting the social and class history of Syros as reflected in the urban landscape. In addition to leading the workshop, the artist will be in residence on the island conducting research and recording footage for an original moving image piece engaging with the workshop themes, to be presented at SIFF 2022.

 

The workshop will take place once on Saturday, July 24, over three hours (17:00-20:00) and is offered to the public free of charge. Participants will not exceed the number of ten (10) people.

In order to secure your seat, fill in this online form.

Jazra Khaleed [Photo Courtesy of the Artist]
Jazra Khaleed [Photo Courtesy of the Artist]

Over many decades, Hermoupolis was one of the most important industrial centers of the newly formed Greek state, as well as a city in which an unruly and militant proletariat class lived and worked. Workers’ struggles and strikes – mobilized by both domestic and international migrants – took place between the 1870s and late 1920s, buffeting the island. Taking up the Industrial Museum of Hermoupolis as a central meeting point and focus, the workshop will move to the street Georgiou Papandreou and the surrounding former industrial area in search of memories, images, words, objects, and traces of this time in the old factories, buildings, and streets. If the history of a place is inscribed in its landscape and urban planning, can we activate these sites to create narratives that break down and disrupt official histories? Or do abandoned sites point to emptiness, an absence of memory? Does the city remember its past political and social struggles or have these events faded from its memory?

 

 

An industrial landscape of Syros [Photo by Myrto Tzima]
An industrial landscape of Syros [Photo by Myrto Tzima]

Additional Information

All individuals are welcome to sign-up for the workshop (please note however that the workshop is not tailored for children). The workshop will be divided into a walking session and a discussion session, for a total of three (3) hours. The first part of the workshop will be dedicated to visiting places related to the workshop thematics and experimenting with digital and non-digital recording methods. The second part of the workshop will include a group discussion around the workshop themes as well as material recorded by participants during the walk. Participants are asked to take part in both parts of the workshop. While no application is required, those interested are asked to sign-up in advance in order to confirm a spot.

The workshop will be held in Greek unless there are English speaking participants.

All workshop activities will follow current health guidelines in response to Covid-19.-No equipment is provided, but participants are invited to use their own cell phones, cameras, pens and paper, or other forms of visual documentation.

Visual by Studio Precarity
Visual by Studio Precarity