Analyze the past to understand the present. Barbarian (from Greek βάρβαρος) “babbling”. Ancient Greeks used the term in a pejorative way to refer to foreigners who’s language sounded like a incompressible babble (bar-bar-,like blah-blah). Through History, ethnology and traditional anthropology, with an already outdated and Eurocentric view of primitive societies, called barbarism to a stage of cultural evolution intermediate between wildness and civilization. For ancient cultures, this word became essential to define “normality”. This project inquires into contemporary barbarians. Once again, It’s our responsibility how we look at them: invasion?


Athens Photo Festival 2017
Main Programme

[Towards the Other]

Gloria Oyarzabal (ES)
(Still) The Barbarians

Opening: Wednesday 14 June, 2017
Duration: 14 June – 30 July, 2017

Venue: Benaki Museum, Pireos St. Annexe
Opening hours: Tuesday, Wednesday: 11:00-21:00, Thursday: 10:00-23:00,
Friday-Sunday: 11:00-21:00