Island life

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The work is about a small community of permanent residents, holiday makers and their homes on the Greek island of Salamis. In the past Salamis, which is the nearest island from Athens, attracted working class people who couldn’t afford to travel far and had little money to spare. They started building their homes on the island in the 1960’s. Initially a large number of people built a room overnight with the help of neighbours. As there was no planning permission they risked, having it demolished by the local authority. Depending on finances, some managed to expand or rebuilt their homes, others changed little on them.

Nowadays many of those original houses lay empty and abandoned. Their owners have died and many of their children have turned their backs on their working class roots. The island has attracted a second generation of retired academics and professionals who choose to live there due to its proximity to the capital and the life style it offers.

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