This year’s Athens Photo Festival just finished this Sunday.
Once again located at the lovely Benaki Musuem(at Pireos St. Annexe), the Festival celebrated its 30 years under the title “Still searching” exploring the social impact of the ever-changing visual culture. The exhibition was more international than ever with 30 entries. Nonetheless, for a visitor that has seen the exhibitions of the last three years, it was a disappointment.
As a whole, the exhibition was nice with photos that capture the visitor’s attention and feeling. Many of the artefacts had strong political messages that made the viewer realize that in every corner of the world, there are and there were in the past too, similar political issues just named differently. As far as curation is concerned, some of the exhibits of the main programme did not have any relevance with the title. Furthermore, “Still searching” was mentioned only at the very beginning of the exhibition. Even at the relevant website the title of this exhibition was “hidden” for some reason. The circulation among the artefacts had no easy to see order path and the information of some installations were located on the right and some on the left of the entries. That made it difficult to follow, especially for a two floor exhibition.
Nonetheless, it is still very important and nice that the effort to keep arts alive in Greece andto keep being international continues and has success as there were many international visitors and Greek too. We expect to see an even better Exhibition next year!
Maybe this is the must see in Athens in June –July…
The Athens Photo Festival has done a great job presenting amazing projects of Greek and international photographers under the wider expression of the exhibition’s title ”Reframe Memory”. The exhibition is mainly presented in Benaki Museum, Pireos Annexe. It includes projects of Greek and international photographers. Moreover, some of the projects are created with the support of consulates and institutes, giving ,thus, the opportunity to the artists to extend their research and have more interesting results.
The most interesting part of the exhibition is the fact that one can see the different impressions of memories and how these can be expressed. Other artists use their own personal experiences, others do research with social and anthropological interest, etc. In the same way, the presentation of each work has a very unique character, creating different sentiments to the viewers. One word, though, comes up from all works: nostalgia.
It is a very good exhibition that if one is currently in Athens, should visit it. There are a lot of participants and one will need at least a couple of hours to see the whole exhibition. In the same building there are also the photo Festival’s “Recorded Memories” exhibition, the “Memory Lab”, “Young Greek Photographers” and the “Photobook Show”.
04/06/2015 – 26/07/2015 (Opening: 03/06/2015, 20:00)
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