Hope Wanted: Wall Writing Protests in Times of Economic Crisis in Athens

Project: ResearchIndividual research project

Research areas and keywords


  • street slogans, multimodality, political graffiti, Athens, crisis, semiotics, street art studies, urban art, pictorial semioticis


This project investigated the urban writing on Athenian walls as an imaginative medium of intercommunication occurring during the socioeconomic and political crisis era in Greece, over the last seven years. The street art activity on the city’s walls as a linguistic and imagery phenomenon was approached as the main symbolic mode of public expression generated by the crisis. To investigate it fieldwork research was conducted in central Athens from January to July 2015. Three research methods were applied: participant observation into two graffiti crews, consequent photo documentation of wall writings, and eight semi-structured interviews with street artists. The research findings disclosed the metamorphosis of public walls into an interactive public notebook as an attestation of the processes in the Athenian multimodal urban landscape.
Effective start/end date2015/01/012015/12/31


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Stampoulidis, G. (Presenter)
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