Penny Siopis – The New Parthenon

<p>In <em>The New Parthenon</em> a man meditates on his past, interwoven as it is with the history of modern Greece: World War II, the Greek Civil War, the Cold War, globalization, migration, and the ongoing political tensions between Greece and ‘the West’. The man could be the artist’s father, but like a dream that condenses and displaces experience and information, his life merges with the lives of other Greek men of his milieu.&nbsp;</p><p><br></p><p>Set within an architecture of ruins, the spectral presences within the film are witnesses to both past traumas of history and present-day horrors unfolding at sea. Shaped from a variety of anonymous 8mm home movies, some found in flea markets in Athens, the material quality of the celluloid – the effects of its ageing, dust spots and sprocket marks – reflects the film’s own history. The music that forms the soundtrack is composed by Mikis Theodorakis from a poem by Iakovos Kambanellis, a survivor of Mauthausen Concentration Camp, about the love between two prisoners of the camp.</p>