A Paper Gatherers Identity

By being in Athens, Rik realised that the beauty of a city is through it's people. Hearing the story's of his fellow students made him understand parts of the complexity of living in a city like Athens.
There are parts in Athens that are divided from each other. That don't communicate or share anything with each other.

That led to Rik's next step.
Who and what are the bridges in the city that connect different parts of the city.





By looking for them, Rik met Musta. Who is a refugee and works in the street. He gathers paper for a living. Not for his own living but for that of his children. He lives in a refugee camp and doesn't get milk for the baby's. That's the reason why he collects paper on a daily base. This way he earns some money to buy the milk needed.

While working with Musta, Rik got treated the same way Musta was treated. People looked weird to them because Rik doesn't look like a refugee.
Everyday they connected to someone who wanted some help lifting something, or gave us paper to bring to the paper dump.

They walked along Iera Odos which is a street with a lot of traffic. Most people made space for them, so they could walk along the road.

Rik decided to help him, by changing the color of his Job. Rik noticed that Musta connected easier when he was spotted from a distance, this connecting earned Musta money. By giving this job an Identity, the society that they are working in, can recognize and acknowledge them easier and better. Rik went to the camp to give the people he met during his research colorful shirts, and brought paint to paint the cars. The people we're so enthusiastic that all together they started painting the cars.



Pictures taken by Floor Skrabanja

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