Text and photos Facebook Oriol Marrero. Counsellor Embacuba Greece
Since 13 March last is exhibited at the Athenian Metro Stations of Acropolis and Syntagma - the first just below the Acropolis and the Parthenon, the main building of Ancient and present Greece; and the second just below Syntagma Square, Greece's main square, and under the building of the Parliament of the Greeks-, the annotated and bilingual photographic exhibition "José Martí: with Greece in the heart", an action "sister" of the children and youth contest "With Cuba in the heart" that has just concluded with 34 works and 23 participants, representatives of 6 countries. She is also "sister" of the photographic exhibition "Con Cuba en el corazón", this one on Cuban themes. (note: Both exhibitions are with original photos of the councillor of the Embassy of Cuba in Greece Oriol Marrero)
Happily, as planned, both important actions were joined for good: the III Edition of the children's and youth competition, and the photographic exhibition "José Martí: with Greece in the Heart", from 13 March. The major adversity did not stop them, without violating any measures.
May it be memory and evidence, according to the authorities of the Athens Metro, perhaps it is the first Cuban photographic exhibition in its Stations, where a million people move a day, and happily the topic that addresses this modest exhibition is the interrelationship between the National Hero of Cuba, José Martí, and Greece. Also an issue, understandably, little treated, less on the Metro.
Those interested can find texts in Greek and Spanish showing what José Martí said about dozens of sites in Greece, as well as about 60 photographs of equal number of localities, including images of villages, rivers, mountains - such as the top of Mount Olympus-, ancient buildings, ancient theaters, battle scenarios such as the Thermopiles Gorge or Missolonghi, some island locations, cited by the Apostle, with rigorous adherence to his Complete Works.
In fact, interestingly, Martí spoke in his works very accurately about these areas where today, by coincidence, the exhibition is exhibited, which is doubly symbolic, because neither there were Metro stations then, nor Martí was ever in Greece. But many areas of ancient Athens that Martí spoke of, according to the archaeological remains found, were in areas of the Metro. It is common everywhere to raise some land and find, ancient "life".
Martí was not in Greece but studied Greek, and "the Greek," he repeatedly quoted the Acropolis and the Parthenon, spoke of the center of Athens, its people, its games and Olympics, its squares and streets, customs, culture, traditions, of the authors of the great Greek tragedies, such as Esquilo, Sophocles or Euripides, spoke of Plato, Demó Destenes, Socrates, Aristocrats, , Cadmo, Leonidas, Pericles, Temístocles, Alexander the Great, Philip, Homer, Ulysses and Penelope, of Safo de Mitiline, of Fidias, of Ictino, of Herodotus, and of hundreds of other Greek characters, whether real or mythological, not forgetting to speak of slaves, while repudiating slavery, the fratricidal internal wars among cops, and always being a friend of Greece, and always being a friend of Greece, and of "the Greek".
There will always be a debt to Martí. But Greece loves him particularly. Some of his works have been translated. His struggle and life are constantly remembered. Its current.
This action, which is part of others, was owed and owed to the Apostle of Cuba's Independence, also to the Greek brothers of today, and why not, to the ancient Greeks quoted in his Works - which may be some - and was due to the places in Greece that Martí quoted. They are cultural bridges between two villages, in the end. A country, moreover, where about 500 Cubans live and there are dozens and dozens of Cuban-Greek children, with Cuba in the heart.
The modest exhibition is about Martí and Greece. I hope it achieves its purpose.
Her first performance took place at the LEA 2019 Festival in Athens, and has been seen later in Lefkada, Ikaria, in the ladies' prison in Thiba and now on the Athens metro.
In images the exhibition at the Acropolis and Syntagma Stations, underground; and the historic buildings above them.