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THE GREATEST DESIRE In this difficult situation that Greece is in, I wanted to find out what people in this country desire the most. The answers varied and were all interesting. Out of the 54 interviews I did, I only kept one, where a man with the most dynamic and radical opinion says that “what I desire the most, is to see this civilization razed” and then the film ends with the following phrase “Homeland melancholy after the 8 o’clock news”. This video is part of my work called Party’s over – starts over, through which I examine the different aspects of the crisis -economic, social and normative- that has hit Greece and expanded in Europe. Music/Song by Joachim Latarjet / Alexandra Fleischer © LYDIA DAMBASSINA


Lydia Dambassina was born in 1951 in Thessaloniki. At the age of 15 she moved to Paris to finish school. She studied Psychopathology and Pedagogy and at the School of Fine Arts of Grenoble.
Since 1976, Lydia Dambassina has been working with different mediums such as painting, photography, installations and video projections.

In 2004, Lydia Dambassina started working on a series of staged photographs in which the image co-exists with texts -mainly excerpts- from the greek and french daily newspapers. Her last work named Party’s over- Starts over is regarding the subject of debt. Amplifying news fragments into weighty ontological or existential gestures seems an efficient way to deal with all this tragic absurdity. Lydia Dambassina has participated in group exhibitions, having exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art (Thessaloniki), the Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art (Thessaloniki), the Benaki Museum (Athens), the Hôpitaux Universitaires (Geneva), the Eglise de Saint-Eustache- Nuit Blanche (Paris), the Kunsthalle Athena (Athens), the Center of Contemporary Art (Thessaloniki), and the Alex Mylona Museum (Athens).

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