‘Allothroe Europe: Echo, Polyphony, Solidarity’ is a triptych established by cultural exchanges and two-way collaborations between contemporary artists and residents who live and create (in) the cities of Europe. Exploring the emergence of alternative narratives, in a world where borders return and increase, the project turns the focus to bridges and in-betweens, where human encounters become possible. The project is produced in 2020, in Athens, under the aegis and with the financial support of the Greek Ministry of Culture and Sports. In particular, it is carried out with the international fund approved to the project “Europe: the echo of the holocaust, the voice of solidarity”.
Allothroe is a name inspired by Homer. The poet uses the term to refer to humans speaking different languages (Odyssey, rhapsody A, 183). The word nowadays is not spoken. Within ‘Allothroe Europe’, artists from different disciplines, countries, and cultures communicate ideas and practices, facing the obstacle of physical distancing. The notion of belonging with Polyphony, the insistence on a mutual co-existence with Solidarity and the demand for a more democratic society with Echo, seek to jointly create meaningful dialogue in the digital spatial. The voices emerge, awaken and renegotiate memory, keeping alive the notions of solidarity and humanity.