Greece has been struggling its way out of a serious economic crisis for the last decade. It requested its first bailout in 2010 and has been reliant on international creditors from 2010 till August 2018. I felt some improvement on my trip there earlier this year, but it is clear that many are still not feeling that effect. Nor, are they believing that it is coming.
Many have taken to expressing their frustrations openly, with paint.
Some have taken to using paint to express social statements in striking art, often in giant proportions.
Local authorities have starting to issue street art permits to encourage work in areas of the city that need brightening, and others have commissioned works for similar reasons.
There are strong messages of warning to be seen as you wander, but there is also optimism and beauty on the walls. Hopefully, it gives hope to those who are finding it hard to see their future in Athens.
Copyright Debbie Smyth, 12 May 2019