Maria Hareide

Photographs of abandoned and unfinished buildings located in Lesvos, Greece inspire the drawing. It comments on the experience of visiting a country that has gone through a severe debt crisis. Revelations late in 2009 showed that the data on governments debt levels and deficits had been underreported by the Greek government and was in fact more than double what they reported. This led to a crisis of confidence and 12 rounds of tax increases, spending cuts and reforms in the period from 2010 to 2016. There were devastating results for the Greek population. In 2012 it was reported that around 20,000 Greeks had been made homeless, and 20% of shops in Athens were empty. In 2015 nearly 20% of Greeks lacked the funds to meet daily food expenses, and it was reported an increase in reports of mental health issues such as depression, suicide and addiction. In a study by Eurostat in 2016, it was found that 1 in 3 Greek citizens lived under poverty conditions (Wikipedia, 2018).

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