Sevilla, Spain. 1990

Ascensión al Monte Athos, 2018



On the eastern end of Greece, there is a small mountainous peninsula called Mount Athos. Athos was one of the giants that defied the Greek gods. According to Greek mythology, Poseidon, after killing him in battle, he buried the defeated giant under the beautiful mountain that got his name.

Nowadays, women are banned from entering Mount Athos – and female animals too. It is a sacred mountain, in which twenty Orthodox Christian monasteries are located, and that conform an autonomous territory under Greek Sovereignty. Thanks to this consideration, this territory can benefit from European politics while being exempt from following some laws and agreements. For example, they are part of the Eurozone, so the euro is the currency, and they share European economic politics, but they do not adhere to the Schengen Agreement, that guarantees free circulation of citizens between members.

Ascensión al Monte Athos is a peregrination journey through Google Earth to the top of the mountain.

Sound design, created by Andy G. Vidal, comes from manipulating a series of audios found around the mountain, such as a recording of Monastery of Simonopetra monks singing Agni Parthene – Oh Pure Virgin – by San Nectario of Égida.