In 2008, when Lehman Brothers declared bankruptcy and other large American banking institutions struggled to stay afloat, Greeks thought their economy was secure. Their country hadn’t bought any toxic assets, and they comfortably watched the news of the U.S. economic meltdown on television.

A year later, the financial crisis hit Europe and Greece was in the eye of the storm. Today, Greeks are trying to survive the chaos of their country’s fifth economic recession. The destruction of Greek industries has resulted in unemployment levels of up to 27 percent and youth unemployment of 65 percent. Millions of jobs have been lost and thousands of businesses have closed.

Nikos Pilos started documenting the crisis in his country in 2009 and has been following the effects ever since. It has resulted in, what is probably the most prolific archive of this dark period in European history. A period which is far from over, whatever statistics or politicians may suggest. Pilos pointed his camera at multiple aspects of a society in crisis: youth, everyday life, politics, economy and migration issues. ΧΑΟΣ (Chaos) brings together the stories that he – one of the few persons in his family making money- sold to international media and many, many more.

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Nikos Pilos (1967) is an award-winning photojournalist based in Athens, Greece. Pilos has covered major historical events such as the overthrow of Ceauşescu in Romania, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the conflicts in the Balkans and the war in Iraq. Most recently, he covered the antigovernment protests in Turkey.

Pilos’s work appears regularly in international newspapers and magazines including The New York Times, Stern Magazine, Die Zeit, NRC Handelsblad, Newsweek Japan, Time, USA Today, Polka Magazine, ZReportage.com and other media outlets.

Read more on Nikos Pilos' website or on his LinkedIn page.

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2/16/2011 Xanthi, Northern Greece. The relief on the wall on the left is Greece's map. This factory, Sidiropoulos, produced dried fruit in northern Greece. The company went out of business in 2008.
2/16/2011 Xanthi, Northern Greece. The relief on the wall on the left is Greece's map. This factory, Sidiropoulos, produced dried fruit in northern Greece. The company went out of business in 2008.
© Nikos Pilos
2/20/2011. Xanthi, Northern Greece. The manager's seat at the
2/20/2011. Xanthi, Northern Greece. The manager's seat at the "John Phil" carpet factory in Xanthi, in northern Greece.
© Nikos Pilos
6/29/2011, Athens, Greece. Syntagma Square. The main square in Athens. Rioters burnt a advertising platform. The protests in Syntagma had been already going on for months.
6/29/2011, Athens, Greece. Syntagma Square. The main square in Athens. Rioters burnt a advertising platform. The protests in Syntagma had been already going on for months.
© Nikos Pilos
© Nikos Pilos
Still from Borders Kill at Benaki Museum, Athens
Still from Borders Kill at Benaki Museum, Athens
© Nikos Pilos

Borders Kill - first project of Chaos

The meaning of XΑΟΣ lies well beyond the Greek situation. It is an acid test for European collaboration, its democracies, its capacity of creating a sustainable, inclusive society. Borders Kill is the first component of the project that – due to the urgency of the situation- needs to be shown today.

Borders Kill is about the masses of migrants and refugees risking their lives, desperately trying to get into Greece and out again, further into Europe. The footage is shot throughout the year, displaying the situation on the island of Kos and at the Idomeni border.

The exhibition, consisting of a multimedia installation and photographs, was on show at Benaki Museum, Athens from 9.06 – 31.07.2016

  • 09.06.201631.07.2016Benaki Museum, Athens

  • Audiovisual installation and prints

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