Catastrophe – Catharsis

Mary Ikoniadou

Pyrsos (Torch), was a bimonthly Greek language lifestyle magazine published in the German Democratic Republic by Greek political refugees who resided in the socialist states after the end of the Greek civil war. The Greek Civil War was amongst the bloodiest in Greek history. Its catastrophic results transformed Greece beyond the battlefields in every aspect of the social life for decades and its resonance is still evident today. The visual presentation will explore the political role of the magazine’s design and image production and identify the ways in which different, sociopolitical dynamics, infiltrate and entangle forms of visualisation with process of subjectification.