May 4, 2017
NYU Washington, DC and the Embassy of Greece presented “Creativity in Times Of Crisis: Emerging Arts in Athens – a discussion with Eleftheria Astrinaki”, as part of the European Month of Culture program.
Since 2010, Greece has faced an unprecedented crisis, both financial and social. Beyond the depressing headlines, a bright spot has emerged; a burst of artistic activity in response to this national identity crisis.
This lecture and discussion attempted to immerse the audience in the Athenian artistic scene in order to help us understand how creativity can emerge in the face of bleak realities, confirming the resilience of the Athenian artistic community.
Crisis and Creativity explored documentary filmmaking, photography, graffiti, dance, theatre and visual arts. It will showcase the best examples of each artistic field and focused on the social and political dimension of artistic work that engages and reflects upon the consequences of the crisis, and does so in a wildly diverse set of new practices and platforms.
(Crisis and Creativity is a course at the Onassis Program in Hellenic Studies, New York University.)
Eleftheria Astrinaki studied Psychology at Panteion University of Athens and Film Studies at Charles University of Prague. She obtained her M.F.A. Degree in Film Directing from Columbia University, as a Fulbright Scholar.
She has worked in numerous short and feature film productions and has directed short films, web TV series, corporate videos, virtual museum tours, music videos. Her films have participated and have been awarded in film festivals worldwide.
She worked as a researcher at the Athens School of Fine Arts and Heraclitus II European Research Program.
She is presently a Visiting Assistant Professor at New York University, A.S Onassis Program in Hellenic Studies, teaching courses and curating film series: Fight the Power: Films from the P.I.G.S. (Portugal, Italy, Greece, and Spain), The Refugee Crisis: Films from the Borders of Europe, Creativity in Times of Crisis: Emerging Arts in Athens, Greek Cinema Today.
Eleftheria is currently working on her debut feature.