Benaki Museum Pireos St. Annexe
Pireos 138 & Andronikou, 118 54 Athens
Inauguration: 3 June 2015, 20:00
Duration: 4 June – 26 July 2015
Visiting hours: Thursday & Sunday: 10:00 - 18:00 | Friday & Saturday: 10:00 – 22:00
Hellenic Centre for Photography is pleased to announce the exhibition of American photographers Harry Griffin & Eva O' Leary "Devil's Den". The exhibition takes place at the Benaki Museum (Pireos St. Annexe), as part of the main programme of the Athens Photo Festival 2015.
There's something fascinating as well as cautionary about the spectacle of the 150th Anniversary; a collision between old and new. With 300,000 tourists and 15,000 re-enactors, the first week of July is a huge commercial draw for the small town of Gettysburg, PA (population 7,000). A rather unusual town, the battlefield acts as a replacement for a huge sports stadium and is fully equipped with grand stands and concessions. This town revolves around 1863, surviving solely on an economic bubble of war tourism.
Devil's Den was made at the 150th anniversary reenactment of the Battle of Gettysburg, using both documentary and contemporary photographic language to deal with intersections of modern and Industrial history.
O'Leary and Griffin celebrate the theatricality of the battle, yet question the popularity of sensationalized violence. What does it mean to re-enact a battle without the gore, avarice, pain and blood of war? Was this a celebration of the birth of the country as we know it, or an escape from a national environment of deep-seated uncertainty, division, and debt?
Devils Den, a collaboration between photographers Eva O'Leary and Harry Griffin.
The exhibition is supported by the Embassy of the United States of America in Athens.