This project started in the fall of 2012, when the photographer Panos Kefalos was involved in an unrelated work that brought him to Victoria Square, the first of the neighbourhoods of Athens that he documented for “saints”. In these early stages, his goal was to capture the everyday life of the children that worked and played on the square. As they became close and spent more and more time together, Panos came to know their parents, their family and friends, and he was welcomed into their homes, adding a new crucial element for a deeper and more comprehensive exploration of their world. This new dimension of the work took him to the refugee building complex in Leoforos Alexandras, where most of them lived.

Thanks to the trust they so generously showed him, he was able to closely witness many of the different sides of their hard life. When their acquaintance grew into a sincere and beautiful friendship, and their mutual trust grew with it, Panos was admitted to more intimate aspects of their private life. One was their relationship with religion: he was invited to witness their religious observances and practices, and their places of worship.

The last stage of the project took Panos to the Pedion tou Areos Park, where the homeless refugees were provided with provisional housing in very difficult conditions during the refugee crisis of August 2015.

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