«Οίκαδε» (Oikade / í•ka•de) is a brief guide to the Modern history of Greece, highlighting its most important events of the 20th and 21st century. 93 years of history are presented in 5 books and 93 illustrations, inspired by the “unseen” Greece: Traumatizing and critical events that shaped the contemporary Greek society, political leaders and socioeconomic crises that changed the course of history itself, one way or another.
The political posters are mainly symbolic, conveying different emotions and ideas in relation to the events for the viewer to apprehend. This project was the result of my Master Thesis in Middlesex University, inspired by the chronic economic crisis that has been agonizing for the country and the people’s oblivion to past traumatizing and important events that led up to this point.The project attempts to reintroduce history to the general public, in order to make history more interesting and relatable through the illustrations and the literary style of narration. “Oikade” targets the citizens of Greece, and everyone interested in learning the story, the known and the unknown aspects, of a small country with vast history.
The project received the Gold Award in the 2019 Young Designers contest, and is available at selected bookstores.
Chapter 3 | 1945 - 1967
The Controlled Democracy
The Conclusion of the Second World War / White Terror / Civil War / Makronisos / The Truman Doctrine / The Cold War / The legacy of Hatred / Greek Rally / September events of ’55 / The Rise of K. Karamanlis / The Assassination of G.Lambrakis / The elections of violence and fraud / Papandreou's government & the Apostasia of 1965 / Coup d'état of 21 April 1967 / A Review of the Controlled Democracy / Biographies [K. Karamanlis –
G. Papandreou – N. Plastiras – A. Papagos]
The "National Unity" of post-war Greece is but an illusive dream, as the citizens need to choose between the two sides of the civil war. The Civil War of '46 remains a taboo subject and a painful memory even in contemporary society. The governments that rise to power have the sole purpose of crushing the "enemy" inside the state, rather than helping the country move forward. Corruption and criminal activity run rampant. In the end, military tanks will fill the streets, as the regime of the Colonels takes over.