Nikos Panayotopoulos & Penelope Petsini
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Nikos Panayotopoulos was born in Exarchia in 1945. He studied photography in London (BA, Polytechnic of Central London) from 1974-77 and obtained a PhD in Arts and Humanities specialised in photography (PhD, University of Derby) in 2008. He is a founding member of the Photography Centre of Athens (1979-2004). As a consultant to the Ministry of Culture, he coordinated the formulation and reform of the institutional framework for photography in Greece for a decade (1994-2004). He was a member of the working committee that drafted the National Policy for Art Photography for the Ministry of Culture (1994-95), and an Independent Expert at the European Commission (since 1999). He has published a significant number of theoretical and critical texts, organized and curated photographic exhibitions, seminars, workshops and research projects, and has organized and/or participated in conferences and workshops. Since 1978, his photographic work has been exhibited and published extensively in Greece and internationally (Europe, USA, Israel, Turkey, China, USA, Turkey). He taught Art Photography at the Department of Photography of TEI Athens from 1986 until 2012 when he retired as Associate Professor.

In 1982, he photographed the Psychiatric Hospital of Leros as part of a photographic assignment for the magazine Tachydromos, exposing the horrific conditions at the facility; the publication of the images prompted the drive for reform and a process of de-institutionalization.

(See also: https://press.ert.gr/tv/ert1-istorikoi-peripatoi-leros-exoristoi-sto-aigaio-a-kai-v-meros-20-amp-27-02-2020/)

Penelope Petsini was born in Bucharest, 1973. Studied Photography in Athens and UK (University of London, Goldsmiths College –MA in Image and Communication; University of Derby –PhD) sponsored by the State Scholarship Foundation (I.K.Y.). She is a Doctor of Philosophy in Arts and Humanities, specialized in photography. Her research interests, both in terms of theory and practice, focus on photography and its relation to personal and collective memory, history and politics. She has exhibited and published extensively both in Greece and internationally. She curated a series of photography and visual art exhibitions, the most recent being “Another Life: Human Flows | Unknown Odysseys” (Thessaloniki Museum of Photography, 5-11/2016) and “Sites of Memory” (Benaki Museum, Athens, 6-7/2016). She also curated Photobiennale 2018, that is two international group exhibitions at the Museum of Photography and the Center of Contemporary Art/ MOMus entitled Capitalist Realism: Future Perfect | Past Continuous (28/9/2018 – 29/3/2019, Thessaloniki), and the eponymous book (University of Macedonia Press, 2018).  Recent publications also include Sites of Memory: Photography, Collective Memory and History (Athens: Hellenic Center of Photography & NEON Foundation, 2016); the collective readers Censorship in Greece (Athens: Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung, 2016) and Companion of Censorship in Greece: Weak Democracy, Dictatorship, Metapolitefsi (Athens: Kastaniotis, 2018) co-edited with Dimitris Christopoulos; and Photography and collective identities: Greek Photography Studies I (Athens: Koukkida 2021)and Photography and the anthropological turn: Greek Photography Studies II (Athens: Koukkida 2023( co-edited with John Stathatos. 

She has had affiliated appointments as lecturer of photography theory and contemporary art since 2004. Since 2018, she is lecturing in the MA course “Censorship: Interdisciplinary approaches” in the Department of Political Science and History, Panteion University, Athens.

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Alnis Stakle
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Alnis Stakle (1975, Latvia) is Latvian photographer and the Professor of photography at the Rigas Stradins University (LV). He holds PhD in art education from Daugavpils University (LV). His work brings a critical approach to questions of visual representation of collective and private trauma, loss, memories and the materiality of the medium of photography. Working both documentary and conceptually his works disclose how sociopolitical ideas can be examined through both fact and fiction as well as the interplay of collective and subjective experience. Ideas of autoethnography and psychogeography are an essential part of his art-based research approach in art. Since 1998, his works has been exhibited widely, including solo & group exhibitions at the Latvian Museum of Photography, Latvian National Museum of Art, Modern Art Oxford (GB), Art Center ‘Winzavod’ in Moscow (RU), Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Buenos Aires (AR), Centre for Fine Arts BOZAR in Brussells (BE). Alnis Stakle works are represented in private and public collections such as Yale University Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library, New Haven (USA), Rijksmuseum Library, Amsterdam (NL), Latvia Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia, Latvian Photography Museum, Mark Rothko Art Center in Daugavpils (LV), The Robert Elwall Photographs Collection, RIBA British Architectural Library (UK), Thessalonica Museum of Photography (GR). His work has been awarded various grants and cultural prizes, such as the Sony World Photography Award architecture section (2011) and Creative section (2022), Artist of the year at DongGang International Photo Festival (2021), winner photobook competition at FOTO WIEN (2019), New East Photo Prize by Calvert 22 foundation (2018), shortlisted for the Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards (2017), nominated for Discoveries Award at Les Rencontres de la photographie, Arles (2017). His works has been published in British Journal of Photography, GUP, Wired, Camera Austria, Membrana, Gente di Fotografia, EYEMAZING, IMAGO, OVER, OjodePez, Archivo, Leica Fotografie International, ect.

Martin Parr
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Martin Parr is one of the best-known documentary photographers of his generation. With over 100 books of his own published, and another 30 edited by Parr, his photographic legacy is already established. Parr also acts as a curator and editor. He has curated two photography festivals, Arles in 2004 and Brighton Biennial in 2010. More recently Parr curated the Barbican exhibition, Strange and Familiar. Parr has been a member of the Magnum agency since 1994 and was President from 2013 – 2017. In 2013 Parr was appointed the visiting professor of photography at the University of Ulster. Parr’s work has been collected by many of the leading museums, from the Tate, the Pompidou and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Martin Parr established the Martin Parr Foundation in 2017. In 2019 the National Portrait Gallery in London held a major exhibition of Parr’s work titled Only Human.

 

Martin Koenig
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Martin Koenig, parallel to his fieldwork, co-founded and served as longtime co-director of the Balkan Arts Center in New York City (later the Ethnic Folk Arts Center; today, the Center for Traditional Music and Dance), an organization that seeks to promote the traditional folk arts of immigrant communities in the U.S. Still an active member of this not-for-profit’s Board of Directors, he remains a dedicated advocate for community-based traditional artists, especially those active in urban immigrant enclaves throughout the United States. His interests extend to all facets of ethnic music and musicians. He has produced recordings, films and videos and curated concerts and festivals. His ethnographic photographs and recordings have been widely published and exhibited in periodicals, newspapers, magazines and cultural institutions. 

Alena Grom
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Ukrainian artist and documentary photographer Alena Grom was born in Donetsk. In April 2014 she was forced to leave her hometown due to military events in Eastern Ukraine. Since 2017 she has lived in Bucha, a town outside of Kyiv. 

As a result of the full-scale invasion of Russia in February 2022, Grom and her family became refugees for the second time, but returned after the de-occupation of Bucha.

These events largely affected her artistic practice. Photography became a salvation for Alena and a way to deal with the traumatic reality of war. Since 2016 Alena Grom’s work focuses on places affected by military aggression. Her lens captures victims of the war, migrants and refugees, and war-torn Ukraine in large. 

However, her photographs are not illustrations of pity or grief. Life in spite of everything is one of the main themes of the artist.

Alena Grom’s projects were exhibited extensively in Ukraine and internationally; and recognised by a number of international photography awards. To name a few recent ones: LensCulture Portrait Awards 2023/ Finalist; 2022 Tokyo International Foto Awards / Prize Gold ; International Photography Awards “Best of Show 2022” by this year’s curator; Prix de la Photographie, Paris (PX3).

Akimitsu Takagi & Pascal Bagot
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A French journalist based in Lyon, Pascal Bagot has been fascinated by Japanese tattoo culture  since 2006.

This passion led him to set off to have his entire back tattooed, using the traditional tebori  technique, by hand, by Tokyo master tattooist Horitoshi I. During the eight years of this project, he  interviewed many Japanese tattoo artists, both traditional and modern (Horitoshi I, Horiyoshi III,  Gifu Horihide, Yokosuka Horihide, Horitada, etc.).  

These interviews, published in specialist magazines, help to spread knowledge of the art of  horimono (or irezumi, shisei, among the various Japanese names for traditional tattooing), while at  the same time consolidating his expertise. 

In 2009, he wrote and co-directed a documentary on the subject entitled The Way of Ink. The film  delves into this underground world, meeting those involved in Tokyo and questioning the taboo  surrounding an art form that was once so popular. In 2014, he was scientific advisor for the  exhibition Tatoueurs, tatoués at the Musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac in Paris, with  particular responsibility for the Japan section. 

Continuing his research, in 2017, after the first French translation of Akimitsu Takagi’s first book  (Irezumi, Denoël), Pascal Bagot contacted the writer’s heirs. During their meeting in Tokyo, he  discovered the existence of photographs taken by the writer, on which he has been working ever  since and for which he is now the representative.

Akimitsu Takagi (1920-1995) is one of the greatest Japanese crime writers of the 20th century. 

Born in Aomori in northern Japan, Takagi became one of the archipelago’s most popular authors  in the period following the end of the Second World War. Born into a family of doctors, a scientist  trained with the country’s elite at Kyoto University – from which he graduated as an engineer –  Takagi left the aeronautical industry after 1945 and took up writing in an unusual way, on the  advice of a fortune-teller. 

His interest in tattoos was a decisive factor in the plot of his first novel, Shisei Satsujin Jiken.  Published in 1948, this investigation into the murders of tattooed people in devastated post-war  Tokyo was an immediate success. It launched his career and earned him a nickname in the  capital’s literary circles: “the tattoo writer”.  

Over time, Takagi proved to be a prodigiously prolific writer. While detective novels were at the  heart of his work, he also wrote history books, children’s novels and essays on divination. When  he died in 1995, Takagi left behind more than 250 stories. In Japan, his books sold several million  copies. 

Shisei Satsujin Jiken was translated into French for the first time in 2016 and published by Denoël  under the title Irezumi. It was subsequently published in Italy (Il mistero della donna tatuata,  Einaudi, 2020) and in England (The Tattoo Murder, Pushkin Press, 2022). 

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Katerina Tsakiri
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Katerina Tsakiri was born in Athens in 1991 and she has been living in Gothenburg for the last four years. She studied Photography and Audiovisual Arts in Athens and has a MFA on Photography from the University of Gothenburg. Since 2015 she has been working part time on her personal projects and part time as a commercial photographer. The last four years she has been devoting her time on her artistic practice and has been experimenting with other visual mediums like video, gifs and sculptures.
In her last photographic series she uses documentary photography to share the journey of her breast cancer treatment and to deal with her body’s transformations.

Constance Jaeggi
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Constance Jaeggi is a Swiss photographic artist based in Fort Worth, TX. Jaeggi moved to Texas from her native Switzerland in 2009 to pursue her degree from TCU and begin her competitive cutting horse-riding career. Jaeggi has studied at the New York Film Academy and most recently completed a Master of Art History and Art World Practice at Christie’s in London.

Jaeggi’s work focuses on the relationship between horse and human, in particular women. She uses horses as a backdrop for exploring themes of intimacy and identity, connection, and power dynamics.

Her work has been internationally exhibited and published. In 2021, she was shortlisted for the Critical Mass Awards. She has had two solo shows at the National Cowgirl Museum in Fort Worth, TX and has been exhibited internationally in Rome and Venice, Italy and Zurich, Switzerland, and has been published notably by The Guardian and The Washington Post.

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