In the recent decades, countless artificial “paradises” were developed around the world and their number still grows faster than ever before.
The tourist industry has drastically intruded the land, transforming it into a product while causing several problems with a severe socio-cultural character. Destinations are in danger of losing their original appearance, structure and identity, through a standardization process that aims to satisfy the tourists’ wishes.
“Paradise Inn” aims to highlight the consequences of this massive and uncontrolled tourist development. In Greece, as in Southern Europe in general, these effects are reflected on the constructed landscape mostly through the unregulated and shoddy architecture, the kitsch and folklore decoration, the construction and adoption of artificial elements and entertainment structures, the falsification of identity and cultural heritage, the violation of the natural environment and finally the desolation that o arises after peak season.
Athens Photo Festival 2016
Marinos Tsagkarakis (GR)
Duration: 9 June – 31 July, 2016
Venue: Benaki Museum, Pireos St. Annexe
Opening hours: Thursday & Sunday: 10:00 – 18:00, Friday & Saturday: 10:00 – 22:00