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Updated: Apr 21, 2022



20. 2. 2020 AT 7 PM @ TERMA, PERAMA

Yannis LAGOUDAKIS, Mayor of Perama Welcomes you

to discover the first light piece by Robert MONTGOMERY in Perama, Greece


“For lack of a better word, there is a profoundly magical moment in the works of Robert Montgomery: In the middle of the street, we might come across one of his poems and realize that someone is speaking with us. Like a ghostly whisper. It is the idea that someone knows us and has known us all along that is at the unsettling and touching core of Robert’s work. He recognizes us in his poems. He speaks with us and never just to us. And within that recognition – somewhere on a street amongst strangers – is a deeply dignifying moment.” 

Manuel Wischnewski


"Perama for me seems like a place of freedom, a place you go to and come from the sea, a place built at a human scale. I also felt some kind of ancestral memory here - the shipbuilding cranes remind me of the shipbuilding cranes in my hometown of Glasgow and of my grandfather who was a metal worker. The form of Perama, the way it hugs the bay reminds me of the form of an amphitheater.”

Robert Montgomery 

An amphitheater from where since 2500 years the people from Greece may look at Salamina, the sea, the world.


THE BEGINNING OF HOPE is blazing before a ferry terminal; what else is the sea but the beginning of hope? But make no mistake, the steadfast land on which the beginning actually occurs is what defines everything, for no journey can go well if the set off point isn't an inspiration. And that's exactly what Robert Montgomery's first piece for SHARING PERAMA is: a vision towards something greater, greener, brighter, more open, more inclusive, more humane. That vision encompasses the sea which surrounds Perama–metaphorically and literally–but sets off, tellingly, from Perama itself, whose struggles and humanity inspired Robert Montgomery's work. So next time you set off towards Salamina, know this: you will set off towards hope–then, later, come back to its beginning.”

Krystalli Glyniadakis

After the lighting of the first piece by Robert Montgomery at Terma, please join @ Lagoudera for a drink

Η ΑΡΧΗ ΤΗΣ ΕΛΠΙΔΑΣ has been made possible by the common efforts of many patrons, angels, benefactors and donors as listed here

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