A photographic exhibition, under the title"PLACES OF MEMORY" will open its doors tomorrow at the Benaki museum. The exhibition is part of the Athens Photo Festival, the most important festival dedicated to photography in Southeastern Europe and one of the five oldest of its kind in the world.
This year’s main theme " [mis/dis]placed" is about the prevailing notions of place and memory as fundamental elements of identity formation.
"Places of memory" exhibition is curated by Penelope Petsini.
The participating artists are:
Artemis Alcalay, Fani Bitou, Io Chaviara, Petros Efstathiadis, Pavlos Fysakis, Stergios Karavatos, Viktor Koen, Nikos Markou, Fotis Milionis, Nikos Panayotopoulos, Avraam Pavlidis, Paris Petridis, Simos Saltiel, John Stathatos, Nikolas Ventourakis, Pasqua Vorgia (GR).
The artworks featured are by the artist Artemis Alcalay.
The portarait (above-left) is of Ms. Eriketi Veleli, from the island of Corfu. It is part of the series "Greek Jews, Auschwitz (Shoah) survivors". The work was exhibited at Beit Hatfutsot Museum in Tel Aviv in 2014, at "Agathi" Art gallery as part of the Athens Photo Festival and recently at the Cervantes Institute of Athens 2016.
Ms. Eriketi Veleli was deported to Auschwitz, she survived and returned to Corfu. She married a Greek Christian-Orthodox and changed her name to Photini Rapsomaniki. She passed away two years ago.
The photograph (above-right) of the ancient Jewish cemetery in Chalkis is part of the series "Home, a wandering". The works were exhibited at Beton 7, 2012 as part of the Athens Photo Festival.
A photo art book was simultaneously published by KAPON publications .
The Athens Photo Festival exhibition programme is comprised of a series of solo and group exhibitions including screenings, talks, workshops and more.
The festival will take place from 9 June until 31 July 2016, at the Benaki Museum (Pireos St. Annexe).
For more information you can visit the webpage: www.photofestival.gr
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