The Lake You Don't See
For many decades families in Greece were organizing camping expeditions to the sea, building simple shelters with whatever materials could get from the area. Over the years some of these ephemeral encampments were transformed to permanent settlements.
In 1999 a mayor at the northeastern Greece distributes small allotments to campers in order to move them out of a popular beach. The plots, situated in a narrow strip of land between the sea and the lake of a fragile and protected wetland, were quickly occupied by families of the nearby urban areas. Rules were set and respected by a community who had the ability to build small cabins that could also become shelters for the cold winters. A net of false legality was created while the lake disappears behind two rows of tiny colourful houses.
The families are now being ordered to leave, taking with them their handmade homes, as the land belongs to the state. In Greece illegal building is common, while the line that separates legality from unlawfulness becomes thin and easily trespassed both by politicians and civilians. State urban planning often follows years after an area is already being built, thus difficult to implement in the complicated existing reality.
Observing this thin strip of houses, what I wish to share is that there is not one story or one way for the story to unfold.