"Here We Are" - Photometria Awards 2018

Subject: Here We Are

Competition "Here We Are" 2018


Tuesday 29/5, At 21:00: Part of the Ethnofest screenings 2017


 As part of this year?s screenings of Photometria International Photography Festival 2018, with the subject "Why do we Photograph?", are some of the short films of the Athens Ethnographic Film Festival (Ethnofest), as they were also shown in the Photographic Meetings of Kythira, dedicated to the subject: "Photography and Anthropology", led by Christos Varvadakis.

 Films have anthropological interest, as it is shown by the research of visual anthropology or related subjects. An answer to the question: what drives someone to push the "click" of his camera?, could be the recording of human behaviors, as well as the instigation of presenting another option of reality.

 Presentations are: What has to be photographed! (Irina Linke, 2011), Framing the Other (Ilja Kok, Willem Timmers, 2011), How to build a Kamra-e-faoree and How to use a Kamra-e-faoree (Lukas Birk, Sean Foley, 2012).









What Has to Be Photographed! (Germany, Yemen, 2011)

Director: Irina Linke

Language: English

Running time: 13'


 Visit to a photographer?s studio in Sanaa (Yemen). It is here that family photos are taken, which are meant for the walls of the living room for friends and strangers to see. We are in the middle of this making, between painted d?cor and sceneries of faraway places. The people between the architectural elements and the draped plush toys are not so different from those who had themselves immortalized by the European studio photography in the 19th century, except for one thing: the absent women!


 Irina Linke is a documentary filmmaker and social anthropologist from Hamburg, Germany. She graduated from the Hamburg Academy of Fine Arts (HfbK) with a focus on documentary film and holds a D.E.A. in Social Anthropology from the ?cole des Hautes ?tudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) in Paris. She has made films in Russia, Cameroun and Yemen and has worked as a camera woman and cutter. For four years she was a part of the interdisciplinary graduate program "Intercultural Communication - Intercultural Competence", attached to the Institute of Advanced Study in the Humanities (KWI) in Essen. For her forthcoming PhD she did one year of fieldwork in Yemen and used a filmic approach to the field. Her research interests are documentary film, visual culture and gender.









Framing the Other (Netherlands, 2011)

Directors: Ilja Kok, Willem Timmers

Languages: English, Mursi

Running time: 25'


 The Mursi tribe resides in the basin of the Omo River, in the east African state of Ethiopia. Mursi women are known for placing large plates in their lower lips and wearing enormous, richly decorated earrings, which has become a subject of tourist attraction in recent years. Each year, hundreds of Western tourists come to see the unusually adorned natives; posing for camera-toting visitors has become the main source of income for the Mursi.


  Ilja Kok works as a producer and a director at Copper Views. She is also a lecturer in tourism studies and has worked as a tour guide in various countries in the past. The production of Framing the Other contributed to her ambition of creating awareness about the interactions between tourism hosts and guests.

 Willem Timmers works as a director, camera operator and editor at Copper Views. He also works as an education designer. He has also worked as a tour guide in Ethiopia in the past. The production of Framing the Other has contributed to a better understanding of the complex relationships between tourists and "the Other".










How to Build a Kamra-e-faoree / How to Use a Kamra-e-faoree-(Afghanistan, 2012)

Directors: Sean Folley, Lukas Birk
Language: English
Running time: 9' and 8'


  "Afghan Box Camera" documents a living form of photography on the brink of disappearing in Afghanistan, one of the last places on earth where photographers have continued to use a simple type of instant camera called the kamra-e-faoree ("instant camera") for means of making a living. The hand-made wooden camera is both camera and darkroom in one and generations of Afghans have had their portraits taken with it, usually for identity photographs. At one stage it was even outlawed the Taliban banned photography forcing photographers to hide or destroy their tools. In this film, Manawar Shah, a young carpenter in Kabul, is building such a camera.


  Sean Foley, an Irish ethnographer specialising in visual anthropology, works as a researcher on art projects. He first made it to Afghanistan in 2002. He has made ethnographic films on mortuary workers in India, tourism in Pakistan and Afghanistan, and cultural ecology in the south of Greece.

 Lukas Birk is an Austrian multi-media artist who exhibits regularly and organises visual-media workshops. He works primarily in Asia. In China and Indonesia he has set up artists in residency programs as well as networks of local artists to co-operate with those in his native Austria.









Thursday 31/5, At 21:00: Animation/ Video Art


  For the first time, this year, we decide to integrate an open call of Animation and Video Art, with purpose of exploring new ways of using the image.

 From many places of Greece, participants are: Lorena Kirk-Giannoulis, Maria Vossou, Natassa Giannaraki, Natalia Kokkinou, Venetia Kotsalou, Sokratis Lampropoulos, Ioannis Stratoudakis, Alexandra-Klaountia Ferteklidi.


- Quest Voice of aura, thin, Lorena Kirk-Giannoulis, Sokrates Lambropoulos, Venetia Kotsalou


  The project is the result of the collaboration of three Corinthian artists which have different origins and experiences, but they have in common the need for expression.

 He deals with the perpetual course of man in space and time, the journey of life from the past and the present, in the future, the knowledge, understanding and plumage of the material world, the need for liberation from the terrors, wear and death, the quest for the way to harmony, peace, truth...

 The artwork refers to the relationship and the interaction between the human existence and the elements of nature.

 The soil, the air, the water and the spirituality of our relationship with these, are questions that have been put to investigate. The quest for ?the answers? begins in known places, not outside of the limits of our absolute everyday life.

 In an experiential way, the soil and the wind are recorded almost insisting in our steps, in a spaceless and timeless way, all the time and everywhere.

 The imprints of this relationship go to effortlessly into the visual form. Our observation showed how close, all of us are to laws that govern us from the beginning of existence. The human figure pervade as a link that, by recording its everyday motion for the simplest, depicts its position next to the form of nature effortlessly.

 A play of the cloud in the sky...

 Grooves in the soil from the rain...

 A wrinkle for the past years...

 The only thing which changes, is the distance and the way we look at it.



- News, Maria Vossou


  News broadcast of the future which is referred to a new product of the company ?Erida?, a genetically modified apple which promises to make you beautiful in twenty four hours.

 - I Am Not A Number, Natalie Kokkinou


  I Am Not A Number is a 2D animation that focuses on the social structures and norms while using symbolisms to portray the conformity of human behavior. The viewer dives in a surreal world of the human mind full with images of the subconscious.

  - L.A. bed, Natasha Giannaraki


  A girl, alone on the edge of the world, far from anything she knows. She doesn?t even know where she will spend the night. She is facing her own uncertainty while gazing at the Pacific Ocean.

  - Mount Pelion-Sculpting in Time, John Stratoudakis


  Mount Pelion is a short animation video which I created under a coincidental situation. In 2012 I accepted an assignment by a tourism website from Greece, to photograph places and localities of mount Pelion, central Greece. After four months of work, I managed to complete a body of work but the website?s review was a disaster. Almost all of my photos was considered as non. Two years later, in spring of 2014, I started to work the core idea for my first short film called Interlude. The idea was the visualization of an aesthetic approch in time, in between stillness and motion. The environment of mount Pelion was the perfect location for that. In the first place, I decided to manipulate some of the photos from 2012. I wanted to create a sence of motion but also to keep the innate stillness of a photograph. After many hours of editing, I managed to transform almost 100 photographs into a kind of simple animation shots. Finally I decided to change my way of working and I abandoned all the photos for a second time, keeping only two for my film. In summer 2016, after the finishing of Andrei Tarkovsky?s book ?Sculpting in Time?, I get inspired to do something with those old photos. So, I created this video, literalily in three steps (each step after two years), in which it?s narrative is in fact a kind of personal statement.

  - Future stress, Alexandra-Klaountia Ferteklidi


  With regard to issues concerning the evolution of our species, in this work I have the willing to voice a dimension of our existence.

 In this fluid reality, that I create with my way, I?m looking for answers.

 Bridging the primrose with our evolution, counting the old in the new, this that is about to born perhaps is easier to ?stand?.


Friday 1/6, At 21:00: Tribute to Video Art by the students of School of Fine Arts of University of Ioannina


 In our effort to spread the art of photography and, by extension, the image, we have come into contact with the School of Fine Arts of the University of Ioannina, which houses the Department of Fine Arts and Art Sciences. The operation of laboratories such as painting, sculpture, engraving, digital art, photography, animation and art history provide students with the necessary artistic and aesthetic education, as well as providing the necessary skills to ensure their artistic and professional careers.

 In collaboration with the assistant professor, of visual arts with emphasis on audiovisual media - video art, Manos Katsaris, we created a small tribute from the works of the students of the department, thus giving them the opportunity to project their work and to showcase their experimental techniques of using the image.

 Participants are: Tatiana Sharpe, Anastasia Agathou, Nitouche Anthoussi, Mairi Vossou, Thomas Kontos, Eleanna Mpalessi, Emmanouella Ntaigeorgi, Evita Pagona, Kostis Solanos, Stauroula Sigkouna, Aura Sotiropoulou, Michalis Tzetzias, Maria Tsarampoulidou, Alexandra Ferteklidi.

 - Bodies Within Illusions, Tatiana Sharpe

- Άτιτλο 2, Anastasia Agathou

- Θάνατος, Nitouche Antoussi

- Ειδήσεις, Mairi Vossou

- KIH/ Shoot me Down/ KittY Cat/ Valse tragique/ Memories, Thomas Kontos

- to ego mou, Eleanna Mpalessi

- Robot, Emmanouella Ntaigeorgi

- Sequense, Evita Pagona

- Am i pretty?, Kostis Solanos

- biofut, Stauroula Sigkouna

- Parasitism, Aura Sotiropoulou

- Room Edward/ Room Gustav/ Room Lyndon/ Room Pink, Michalis Tzetzias

- Robot/ baile/ losojo, Maria Tsarampoulidou

- Future Stress, Alexandra Ferteklidi



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