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Mary Ikoniadou

Mary Ikoniadou
Image and text in the construction of Greek national imaginaries. Pyrsos magazine in the GDR, 1961–1968

The research seeks to identify the ways in which the magazine’s editorial and art direction practices portrayed a space in which the refugees constructed their identity, their relationship to their homeland (Greece), their lives under “Real existing Socialism’ (mainly in the German Democratic Republic) and produced national(ist) imaginings. How does Pyrsos’ visual language construct a specific space for the community of the refugees? Through historical and theoretical analysis, the thesis seeks to challenge academic literature on design and visual production of the Cold War era, which sharply distinguishes between Socialist and Western aesthetics.