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Exhibitions

With the financial support and the auspices of Ministry of Culture and Sports, Municipality of Ioannina and the Cultural Center of Ioannina

 

 

14th edition of Photometria International Photography Festival

Duration: 24.9 – 2.10.2022

 

Photometria International Photography Festival 2022, hosts mοre than 50 artists in 13 exhibition venues in Ioannina, including the new space: Photometria Photography Center (PPC)! The program, as every year, is full of activities for children, photographers and high level lectures. After the end of the festival, selected exhibitions travel to a lot of cities around Greece and abroad.

 

 

The Entrance is free for all the exhibitions at Photometria Festival

“Looking for the Light”, Photometria Awards 2022

 

I am forever chasing light. Light turns the ordinary into the magical.

Trent Parke

Light, the cornerstone of photography. It is the animator, the one which reveals the world around us, which illuminates the unknown, and reveals virtues, hope, truth and happiness. It was used as a symbol of “good” religiously and socio-politically, which is in a perpetual battle against evil, darkness and shadows. It is identified with the divine, but also with knowledge. Already last year’s theme (Un)lucky (R)evolution, raised the question of where we stand as humanity now. This year we look forward. We look to the future optimistically, seeking light in every aspect of our lives. We are looking for all that is worth fighting for, but also all the darkness that is waiting to be illuminated. We are looking for the light that will give us new knowledge but also the optimism we need in a world that continues to plunge into darkness. As Magnum’s Australian photographer Trent Parke puts it: “Light turns the ordinary into the magical.” So this year, let’s try to spread the magic!

 

Group exhibition of the 25 selected photographs of the competition Photometria Awards 2022 “Looking for the Light”, judged by Martin Parr!

 

Daria Tsygankova – “The dark knight”, Akis Pasalidis – “Untitled”, Noemi Comi – “Deathfest”, Vasilis D. Gonis – “Don’t look at the sun”, Vladimiros Tachmatzidis – “Trip to knowhere”, Aggelos Barai – “Untitled”, Mohammad Reza Masoumi – “Ahoora”, Andi Abdul Halil – “The Best Friend”, Nikos Konidaris – “Angeliki”, Arezoo Babagoli – “In the heart of the earth”, Tatiana Mishchenko – “Ephemeral Motels”, Sophia Tolika – “The escape of Philoctetes”, Olga Tkachenko – “Spring morning”, Gali Tibbon – “Cross of Light”, Elina Kichheva – “Shaman”, Elena Kozlova – “Natalie”, Antonis Papakonstantinou – “Light composition”, Natalia Gorshkova – “Jugglers”, Maria Karofillidou – “On the beach”, Matteo Capone – “Solo”, Azamat Matkarimov – “Mysterious shepherd”, Ali Moarref – “Pray for forgiveness”, Sasan Moayyedi – “Love Story”, Sibusiso Bheka – “Iparty”, Isidoros Blougkaris – “Breathe”

 

Ioannina City Hall (outdoor area)

Duration: 24.9 – 28.10.2022

“Meditations”, Alice Zilberberg

 

In this series, Zilberberg creates animal montages as an expression of self-therapy, drawing attention to mindfulness and nature conservation. As an urbanite, functioning day-to-day in a fast-paced, built environment can be emotionally unsettling. The artist regrounds herself in the sense of calm issued by these animals. These creatures reinstate a presence, a tranquility, and a grander perspective. Their minimal aesthetic is metaphorical of striving for simplicity. Zilberberg’s works invite a meditative state, encouraging the viewer to stay still and find happiness in the moment. The works are an amalgam of many photographs from around the world, put together by the artist in post-production. The digital displacement of the animals from their surroundings is representative of their displacement in real life from the wild due to human interference. The animals have a “home” within each image, which, in many cases, no longer exists in the wild. The images are a tribute, a testament to the beauty of nature, and a ground on which to reflect on the interaction between humans and the natural world.

 

Outdoor area of Its Kale (opposite Byzantine Museum)

Duration: 24.9 – 9.10.2022

Mon. – Sun.: 08:00 – 22:00

“Diava, nomadic pastoralism in mountainous Northern Greece”, Dimitris Tosidis

 

Pastoral Farming, is a centuries old practice kept alive in the crisis stricken Greece. High in the mountains of Northern Greece a farming practice that belongs in previous centuries still takes place. This practice –or technique called Diava (in Greek means moving by feet)– which can be tracked down in centuries is the yearly rural migration of shepherds and their flocks between summer and winter pastures and from isolated highlands to warmer lowlands. Throughout time and spaces such movements have been at the core of cultural and social composition of mountainous farming communities while they have contributed to shaping and developing the landscape of the areas they took place. Practiced mostly by the Greece’s indigenous groups such as the Vlachs and Sarakatsans, pastoral farming used to be the country’s main practice until the 1960s and 1970s when new farming technologies started emerging. Recently, it became part of the UNESCO’s intangible cultural heritage. Nowadays, very few families keep moving by feet without using any mean of transportation to keep their flock in high altitudes during summer and after move more than 200 km to go back to their winter destination which is in Thessaly region, Central Greece. This is not only a traditional and cultural action but also an ecological and environmental friendly practice which maintains the human presence in one of the most remote mountainous areas in Balkans and EU.

 

The Silversmithing Museum (Castle)

Duration: 21.9 – 2.10.2022

Wed. – Mon.: 10:00 – 18:00

 

In collaboration with Athens Photo World

07:00 am to 15:00 pm”, Michalis Patsouras

 

It’s the working hours of the Greek Public Services. Until recently the dream of almost everyone in Greece included a position, anywhere, in the greek public sector, as the best prospect for a steady salary and a sense of security and permanence. It happened to me as well, without ever seeking it, and for ten years I learned what  Greek Public Services are about. Grey spaces, half hearted rhythms, seas of paper from which the leviathan of bureaucracy would emerge daily to drown any sign of human creativity. People feeling exhausted, not by tiredness but by the relentless daily routine, which could be a little less unbearable if this whole mechanism somehow worked after a reasonable fashion. People working together, dreaming, celebrating, feeling bored, looking for the meaning inside all this and often for the emergency exit.

My intention was never to expose my ex colleagues, but rather to capture their lives and daily routines. So, observe and record is what I do and as luck would have it my work is being treated as a socio historic document, now that the public sector in Greece is treated as the scapegoat of the crisis. European and local bureaucrats have deemed that sanitization of the public services will open the road for economic growth and reform of the country. No matter the case, Greek people’s dream for a place in the public sector are crumbling and the foundations of this dysfunctional mechanism are shaking. For what the future may bring, we await…

 

Municipal Cultural Multiplex “D. Chatzis” (Old Slaughterhouses)

Duration: 24.9 – 2.10.2022

Mon. – Sun.: 17:00 – 22:00

“The Landscapes Behind”, Angela Svoronou

 

Landscapes, concealed behind other landscapes. Landscapes contained by a frame on the wall or by the sides of a piece of furniture. These landscapes, formed by time and decay, remain unseen until one day a house move, a death, a change in the unbroken routine of everyday life reveals them. As the French philosopher and semiotician Roland Barthes reminds us, photography is closely related to death.

Landscapes or, more precisely, marks of a past that ended in shame or in glory. Unexpectedly and often unwillingly we find ourselves mourning, laying a beloved ones’ body to rest, moving away, changing life.

Ephemeral yet permanent, they are the ultimate traces of a human life, bound to forever vanish under the house painter’s ruthless brush. The trace and the object that created it are bound together, the existence of the former entailing the presence of the latter just as the photographic print cannot exist without the negative. Yet they annul each other since they must always remain hidden, one under the other.

As the writer and art historian Maria Yiayiannou puts it, “the photographic works of Angela Svoronou constitute an organised stunt in an attempt to overthrow the Real. How can this be expected from a series of documentary photographs that depict precisely the ramparts of reality? (…) These photographic works are so important because they reveal a very pointed absence: the absence of a subject. The subject departs from the building together with the house tenant, the office worker, the former owner of the business, the once newlywed couple. The formerly main subject of the picture, the person who left, becomes a Landscape Behind, part of the secret life of the wall. In these pictures the wall is a protagonist that holds on to his secrets. The wall’s lips are sealed.”

 

St George’s Gate (Tunels of Castle)

Duration: 24.9 – 2.10.2022

Mon. – Sun.: 17:00 – 22:00

Sat. – Sun.: 10:00 – 14:00

© National Archaeological Museum, Athens, Photographic Archive –

Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports/ Hellenic Organization of Cultural Resources Development (H.O.C.RE.D.)

“The burial and protection of the antiquities

of the National Archaeological Museum during World War II”

 

The Exhibition “The burial and protection of the antiquities of the National Archaeological Museum during World War II” contains photos from the rich Photographic Archive of the National Archaeological Museum. The photos present views of the project of salvaging the antiquities of its Collections in the period before the Nazi occupation of Athens, during the Second World War.

The main building of the National Archaeological Museum was founded on 3rd October of 1866 and its construction was based on architectural plans by the architects E. Ziller and L. Lange. A second expansion of the Museum building had been completed a short time before October 1940, on plans by the architect G. Nomikos, offering valuable additional space to the Museum. A short time before the beginning of the war, official committees were set up in Greece, and similar groups of officials were created in other countries, with the purpose of organizing the protection of Museum antiquities and related official guidelines were issued.

In the last months of 1940 to April 1941, marble and bronze sculptures, pottery, terracotta figurines and other ancient works of the National Archaeological Museum were packed and placed in boxes or buried in pits excavated in exhibition rooms, for safe storage away from war dangers, especially destruction caused by air raids. During the war, the antiquities were stored in safe hiding areas below the floors of the rooms of the old building and mainly in the basements of the new annex of the Museum, covered with sand to a height of 3-4 m.

In March 1946, near the end of the war, the scientific and technical personnel of the Museum with the direction of its director Christos Karouzos and the invaluable aid of Semni Papaspyridi Karouzou, Ephor of Vases and Minor Artefacts, started to dig out the antiquities from their hiding places and to restore them in view of the Museum re-opening. The opening of the first post-war exhibition was inaugurated in 1947, whereas building reconstruction works continued in the Museum during the 1950s.  

The ancient masterpieces illustrated in photographs of this Exhibition were protected during World War II and they are nowadays exhibited in the National Archaeological Museum. The analog photographic material here offers data on aspects of modern history.   

 

Multipurpose hall of Its Kale

Duration: 24.9 – 2.10.2022

Mon. – Sun.: 17:00 – 22:00

Sat. – Sun.: 10:00 – 14:00

 

In collaboration with Momus – Thessaloniki Museum of Photography, National Archaeological Museum and Archaeological Museum of Ioannina

© Maria Kadiani Anagnostou

“Place”

Group exhibition as part of Photocitizens

 

Mandrassa, Veli Mosque

Duration: 24.9 – 2.10.2022

Mon. – Sun.: 17:00 – 22:00

 

In collaboration with Photocitizens International Photography Festival

© Newsha Tavakolian – Magnum Photos

“Testimonies – Glances”

Médecins Sans Frontières and Magnum 50 years in the field

 

For 50 years, Médecins Sans Frontières and Magnum Photos cover the same areas of intervention: war zones, humanitarian crises, natural disasters, emergencies. They share the same ethics and the same principles, in particular independence. MSF’s fiftieth anniversary is an opportunity to retrace decades of fortuitous or voluntary collaborations, which gave birth to a project that is both narrative and visual. This exhibition presents a selection of 19 photographic themes from Magnum archives, testifying to the main humanitarian crises, from 1971 to the present day. It is supplemented by a series of short stories productions that highlight four current crises in which MSF is committed to.

 

Photometria Photography Center (PPC) (184, 21st of Fevrouariou str.)

Duration: 24.9 – 2.10.2022

Mon. – Sun.: 17:00 – 22:00

Parallel Voices

 

Group exhibition of the 9 selected portfolios of the Parallel Voices competition

 

“Desired constellations” – Giacomo Infantino (IT),  “Where the river runs mute” – Sakis Dazanis (GR), “Inarticulate Silences” – Antonis Panagopoulos (GR), “ID” – Stephie Grape (GR), “Volver” – Mauro Curti (IT), “The white line” – Rosa Rodriguez (ES), “The journey of the monk” – Lefteris Paraskevaidis (GR), “Outlook (Views from the North East)” – Mark Adams (GB), “Niewybuch” – Natalia Kepesz (PL) 

 

Outdoor area of the house of Pyrsinellas – Municipal Regional Theater

Duration: 24.9 – 28.10.2022

“ENTEFXIS”

 

Group exhibition of 23 photographic clubs of “ENTEFXIS”

 

Art8 – Agrinio

Bleach kollektiv for visual arts – Athens

METApolis – Athens

Photoerevnites – Athens

Photography Lab PhotoProletarii – Athens

Shashin Lovers – Athens

art.A’s PhotoGroup FOA

Fwtoart –  Photography group of Arta

Veria photographic team “Antithesis”

”Efodos” Drama

The egg 5+1 clicks together – Igoumenitsa

”F” Thessaloniki

”Fotoporoi” Thessaloniki

Center for Creative Photography of Thrace

FOSPI – Photoclub Ioannina

Kavala Photo Club

Corinthian Photography Club

Larissa Photography Club – ”FLL”

A.S.T.O. – we communicate

Photography club of Patras ”IDIFOS”

Photography Club of Filippiada Kadrw

The voice in the Picture – Halandri

Lefki The Photography and Film Club of Chania

 

Cultural Center of Ioannina (Agias Marinas 55)
Duration: 24.9 – 2.10.2022

Mon. – Sun.: 17:00 – 22:00

2nd Student Awards 2022

 

Exhibition of the 4 best portfolios of the competition Photometria Student Awards 2022,

judged by Lila Zotou!

 

Curation by Ioulia Ladogianni and Tasos Papadopoulos!

 

-1 Gallery, The Lounge Bar (Pargis Square)

Duration: 24.9 – 2.10.2022

Mon. – Sun.: 10:00 – 22:00

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Φolk (Zappa 3)

Tues. – Sun.: 19:00 – 00:30