> Photography as a Means of Creating or Subverting Stereotypes

National Bank of Greece Cultural Foundation – Thessaloniki Centre

Villa Kapandji - 108 Vas. Olgas Ave.


Organized by the School of Architecture of the Faculty of Engineering of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, the National Bank of Greece Cultural Foundation.

The exhibition is curated by Lena Athanasopoulou.

Realized in the frame of the Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art’s project “Roaming Images - Crossroads of Greek and Arab culture through the eyes of contemporary artists”, part of the parallel program of the 3rd Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art and within the context of the program “Cultural Crossroads” of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Tourism.

The exhibition aims to promote young creativity and to enhance the communication between students from Greece and the Middle East. The collaboration between universities intents to enlighten the singularity and otherness of the participants through the production of visual works, which focus on and record the way in which the image world reveals or conceals reality, by creating acquired characteristics of a refracted or false identity.

The exhibition aims to initiate a debate on cultural stereotypes and the way in which these are shaped, by images used in the Press and in advertising, as well as by social groups, in different geographical locations and within different ethnic backgrounds.

Walter Benjamin writes: Even the most perfect reproduction of a work of art is lacking in one element: its presence in time and space, its unique existence at the place where it happens to be.” This is the “locus” of narratives, ideas, ideals – concepts that should travel freely, aiming to promote our communication.

The exhibition evolves in space, like the spread of a book. A book perceived as a symbol of revelation / narrative / circulation / exchange; which connects the real with the fictional. The spectator of the exhibition has two choices: he can flip through the book, close it and leave it aside; or he can, after having a quick browse, take it with him in his mind, with the hope that its content will contribute to the shaping of his personal view of reality.


In the exhibition participate thirty students from five Universities:

-       Aristotle University of Thessaloniki - School of Architecture, Faculty of Engineering

-       University of Thessaly (Volos, Greece) - School of Architecture

-       Athens School of Fine Arts (Greece)

-       University of Western Macedonia (Greece), School of Visual and Applied Arts

-       Kibbuzim College of Education, Tel Aviv - School of Arts.


Exhibition organizing committee:

-       Professor George Papakostas, Head of the School of Architecture, Faculty of Engineering, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

-       Professor Vilma Hastaoglou-Martinidis, School of Architecture, Faculty of Engineering, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

-       Lena Athanasopoulou, Visual Artist

-       Giannis Epaminondas, Director, Thessaloniki Centre – National Bank of Greece Cultural Foundation

Opening: Thursday, November 3, 20.00

Duration: 4/11- 4/12 2011


Opening hours:

Monday: closed

Tuesday: 9.00-16.00

Wednesday - Thursday: 14.00-21.00

Friday - Saturday - Sunday: 10.00-18.00


The entrance to the public is free.



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