We Are City Plaza

City Plaza is a hotel in the centre of Athens. But it’s no ordinary hotel. It houses over 400 refugees, volunteers and activists who share the daily tasks of cooking, cleaning and security. Empty and in disrepair after its bankruptcy, a group of activists opened up the doors of City Plaza for a second time in April 2016, offering up it’s 100 plus rooms to refugees from Syria, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Palestine, Pakistan, and Ghana.

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Upcoming Exhibition
  • September 25, 2020 - June 20, 2021
  • Living the City
  • An Exhibition about Cities, People and Stories
    Tempelhof Airport Main Building
    Platz der Luftbrücke 5
    12101 Berlin
  • March 16, 2019 - April 16, 2019
  • Kuldīgas Mākslas
  • ISSP Masterclass Exhibition
    Kuldīgas Mākslas
    Kuldiga, Latvia
  • June 23, 2018 - August 26, 2018
  • An Atlas of Commoning
  • An exhibition from Arch+
    in collaboration with the Ifa institute
    Kunstraum Bethanien,
    Mariannenplatz 2, Berlin
  • April 3, 2018 - April 30, 2018
  • Centre Villiot
  • 36 quai de la rapée
    75012 Paris, France
    Opening on 14 April, 10am - 4pm
  • January 31, 2018 - February 28, 2018
  • Victoria Square Project
  • Elpidos 13, 10434, Athens
    Opening 31 January, 5pm
  • June 3, 2017 - June 17, 2017
  • May 5, 2017 - May 14, 2017
  • Festival Passages – Metz, France
  • Place de la République

Since it opened a year ago, City Plaza has become the active heart of the struggle for refugee rights in Greece. It is a centre for discussion, organisation and action— and most importantly, a place that offers hope and dignity to those fleeing from war and poverty. It’s now an entirely self-organised space which provides its residents with three meals per day, language classes, workshops, a café, a medical clinic, everyday supplies and sometimes even a hairdresser.

Initiated by Xiaofu Wang and Claude Somot, “We Are City Plaza” is an ongoing photo-documentary project that commenced in February 2017. The two photographers ran a series of workshops teaching basic photography skills to residents of City Plaza Hotel after deciding that the best way to capture the unique spirit of the hotel was for the residents to document their own lives.

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