To me—a foreigner living in Athens—Greece is a beautiful and intriguing land, full of light and life.

But it’s also a place that, since 2009, has been suffering from an unprecedented economic and social crisis, the victim of the harshest austerity program ever implemented in Europe.

These photos, taken across Greece from 2010 to 2016, are my interpretation of how proud people react when the ground has fallen from underneath them.

— Mehran Khalili