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3rd International and Interdisciplinary Conference on Image and Imagination, IMG 2021 ; 631 LNNS:1210-1219, 2023.
Article in English | Scopus | ID: covidwho-2300065


Since 2000s, Athens has been changed due to imponent urban transformations mainly provoked by the implementation of large-scale works in occasion of the 28th Olympic Games in 2004, then by the dramatic effects caused by the impact of the 2008 economic crisis and the imposition of austerity policies and, finally, by the unbalanced growth of the subsequent economic recovery that abruptly halted with the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. The city has rapidly changed not only its urban configuration, but also the way it has been perceived and represented. During these years, it can be registered a diffuse interest among architects and artists for the use of collage to represent Athens. While during the previous century in Greece collage was mainly limited to the representation of rural and mythological landscape, since 2000s many collaged images embed for the first time many urban features of the contemporary metropolis. This paper aims to present how collage art had been adopted by architects to describe, analyze, critic, and imagine the city as an attempt to find a proper tool to deal effectively with the emerging urban issues that had arose with the new status of Athens as a metropolitan city. In particular, the association between collage and the city will be investigated in relation with the periods of growth (2000–2008), decay (2008–2015) and economic recovery (2015–2020). © 2023, The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG.