As we write these words, time flies in reverse at Comicdom website counting the seconds remaining in order for the 10th Comicdom Con Athens, the festival of comics to start. Thousands of comic enthusiasts of all ages, are looking forward to this event that will bring them close to what they like to see, read, design, create, and why not to work on it professionally.
The ten years of organizing
Ten years ago, in 2006, the first presentation of the international scene of the creators of this extremely interesting form of art, the comics, was organized presenting international and Greek creators. That same year for the first time, the first, unique, Greek comic awards were given to Greek creators from distinguished professionals of the international arena.
In the ten years of Comidom Con Athens, highly successful exhibitions have been organized in collaboration with great artists and bodies. The main building of the Hellenic American Union (22 Massalias) hosts the exhibition from April 15-17 and as from this year and the French Institute of Greece (31 Sina) as well, with just 170 meters distance one from the other.
Simon McBurney, a director, actor, and playwright visits our country for the first time with his theatrical group “Théâtre de Complicité” on the occasion of «The Encounter» at the Onassis Cultural Centre on April 1-3.
According to the British Telegraph, Simon McBurney, who is one of the 100 people who make an impact on the British culture, created “Théâtre de Complicité” in 1983 along with Marcello Manny.
The book and the photojournalist
The play is based on the book by the Romanian writer Petru Popescu that tells the true story of a National Geographic photojournalist, Loren McIntyre, who in 1969, during a mission, disappeared in the tropical forests of the Amazon in search of its mythical source.
The team and the performance
In each performance, the theatrical group “Théâtre de Complicité” aims to come in complicity with the public, either by wearing headphones (hearing), as in the case of The Encounter or by touching a sheet (touch). The viewer listens to the sounds of the primitive and currently endangered Amazonian ecosystem. Viewers feel as if they were there, in the Earth's lung and perhaps sensing themselves some of the emotions felt by the hero of the book and the play. The Athenaeum InterContinental Athens is the host sponsor.
He was considered by many as the best engraver of Hispanic America. With his works, the so called by him, "skeletons", he sets out his own criticism in the political and social life, playing out not only an important artistic but also a social role.
The year 2013 marked the 100-year anniversary since Posada's death and was commemorated with an exhibition which has been touring the world for the last three years in order to bring the great engraver who surpassed the geographical boundaries of his homeland Mexico and every linguistic barrier through his eloquent works, close to the insiders or to introduce him to those who did not know him.
The admiration towards Posada by Diego Rivera till André Breton demonstrates the tremendous appeal of the artist, deservedly standing next to Goya and Hogarth. The exhibition, curated by Denys Zaharopoulos, is organized by the Cultural Organization, Sports and Youth of the Municipality of Athens and the Greek Printmakers' Association, in cooperation with the Embassy of Mexico and the support of the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Mexican Agency for the Development of International Cooperation and of Posada Foundation. Until March 31.
It is argued that our world is formed by those who possess physical strength. The male, dominant species in the animal kingdom, enjoys his vigor while the female undertakes the "hard" work.
Women, children and elderly, the “weak” civilians
The list of data demonstrating the disadvantaged position of women in most parts of the world is long, whilst many of us would not disagree that even in the so-called civilized societies, women are definitely the "weaker" sex. Women are paid less for the same task, hardly evolve professionally and when they do they usually aggravate the female or maternal side while their whole day and night is shared by dozens of small and important tasks inside and outside the house. No doubt, men do bear hard roles however, their rewards, opportunities, and their social position cannot be compared to those of women.
6 modern societies where women rule
However, there are some societies, few and 'forgotten', isolated perhaps but absolutely existent where women literally rule. In matriarchal societies, the woman is the head of the family, the tribe, group and state. Moreover, the origin is determined by the same female ancestor through the female line and is referred to as matrilineal origin. Men and women belong to the family of the mother and only the women can give their family identity to their children.
In the most famous matrilineal society, the MOSUO, at the Tibetan borders in the provinces of Yunnan and Sichuan, women never marry but choose their husband by going to their house and ask them to have children and women undertake to grow them up themselves.
The MINANGKABAU is an ethnic group indigenous to the Minangkabau Highlands of West Sumatra in Indonesia and is the largest matrilineal society with 4 million people in which the female is always the head of the race, selects and dismisses the man leader whenever she deems fit.Women run their house and men undertake political and spiritual roles.
The AKAN, who make up the majority of Ghana residents identify themselves, their heritage, wealth and policy by decision of the head of the race who is always a female, however, they leave the leadership in various social positions but also the support of the family to men.
The BRIBRI are indigenous people of Costa Rica around 13.000 in number and live in Limón Province. Women have a very important place in Bribri society since they are the only ones that traditionally can inherit land while their societies are divided into races with women in charge.
The GARO are indigenous people of the Indian state of Meghalaya and as with the Akans, women mothers bequeath their property and their political role to their daughters – usually the youngest daughter inherits the property - while their society is defined as matrilineal and not matriarchal since men rule their society and manage the property.
Finally, the NAGOVISI are one of three tribes of South Bougainville on a large tropical island west of New Guinea where women have the leading role in ceremonies and political positions, but most importantly they feel proud to work on the land that belongs to them while women and men enjoy their sexuality equally.
In these six "modern" societies, the celebration of woman's day is probably unnecessary...