#MAT1236

Angela Merkel visits crisis-ravaged Athens in October 2012. Streets fill with protesters. A police officer in full riot gear grabs a young woman and uses her as a human shield as he advances through the crowd.

The officer’s ID tag identifies him only as MAT1236. We don’t know his name: the hostage incident never leads to charges.

#MAT1236 is a photography exhibition that documents Greece’s escalating police violence. The image of the nameless officer holding a young woman hostage has become a symbol of the disappearance of trust between citizens and law enforcement in Greece. This open exhibition has already been presented in 3 other countries and arrives in Aalto Media Factory in May

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