At first glance, it might seem to be yet another traditional coffee-house in Athens; however, if you look closely through the glass windows, you will notice its customers deeply focussed on the game of chess. Panellinion is a place with a long history and nostalgia in every corner. Here, different people from different socioeconomic backgrounds gather to rest after work, socialise, but more importantly, practice their passion, chess. A regular, named Ilias, states that when you play chess, your mind empties and you exist only for the game. In this short anthropological documentary, performativity unveils a dialogue between concepts like time and space, power, gender, tradition and underlying tension between being together and alone.
Ioanna Papadatou is currently completing her Bachelor’s degree in Social Anthropology at Panteion University in Athens, Greece and her main interests include Visual Anthropology and Ethnography, Human Rights, Gender, Identity and Religion.
Cécile Flipo is doing a master in Cultural Anthropology and visual methods for Ethnography in Leiden University, Netherlands. She is currently working on Identity construction and the Elderly.
Nikki Geelen has a bachelor background in Theatre and Anthropology and is currently doing the master Social and Cultural Anthropology at the VU university of Amsterdam with visual anthropology, philosophy, landscape and human-animal interactions as her main focuses.
Sophie Cowling has a B.A in Anthropology and Media from Goldsmiths University. She’s currently working in education and is planning to study a Masters in Visual Anthropology next year. Her research interests range from gender issues, sexuality, the body and embodiment, performativity, nationalism and identity.