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Meetings with a View: Evita Arapoglou



Art historian Evita Arapoglou speaks with journalist Margarita Pournara as part of the series "Asia Minor, the Baton of Memory"

Our sixth and final guest in the series "Meetings with a View" is art historian Evita Arapoglou, the curator of the upcoming exhibition “Asia Minor: Splendor · Destruction · Uprooting · Creation”. The exhibition is being organized by the Benaki Museum and the Centre for Asia Minor Studies to mark the 100th anniversary of the Asia Minor catastrophe. The tribute, which is now in preparation, will present a portrait of Hellenism in Asia Minor in three parts: the golden age before the persecutions, the tragic events of 1919-1923, and the period of resettlement and integration in Greece. 

For older generations, Asia Minor was a lived experience, it was songs and flavors, places, habits, dialects, traditions and superstitions. And it was the richness of living with other peoples. For our generation it is the memory we hold in our hands, like a baton, that we pass on to younger generations. What do we keep from it? What do we leave behind? How does history reach us?

Six distinguished guests, each with a distinct point of view, discuss with journalist Margarita Pournara the narrative of Asia Minor. This special series of events has been organized by the Hellenic American Union from March to May 2022 on the 100th year anniversary of the disaster. The meetings take place on the glass-enclosed roof garden of the Hellenic American Union overlooking Athens with a limited audience due to the pandemic.

All meetings of the cycle will be broadcasted live at the Hellenic American Union’s YouTube channel and available for streaming at the Hellenic American Union’s webpage.

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