OUR PROPOSAL FOR 2023 ELEVSIS
DIALOGI-CITY is a multi-partner European project by Art as Experience (Luxembourg) with the key-partner Philosophy and Photography Lab (Thessaloniki) and curated by Paul di Felice (LU), Vangelis Ioakimidis (GR/FR) and Carolina Lio (UK/IT). The 18-month programme includes workshops, participative events, and site-specific interventions by three established artists with an international trajectory - David Cotterrell (UK), Nikos Markou (GR) and Cristina Nuñez (ES/CH) - that will involve local communities and local young artists and cultural practitioners.
DIALOGI-CITY explores topics of identity, belonging and memory through experiments in perception and storytelling, re-mapping Elefsina, revealing the stories of its inhabitants and creating technological tools that allow unravelling the hidden narratives and social dynamics within the place. The project is a dialogue - within and with the city - that takes inspiration from the local history and recent past and fosters new awareness. Special attention is given to younger generations through education and capacity building programmes, and work opportunities.
DIALOGI-CITY will develop from June 2022 to October 2023 in further collaboration with local education institutions, organisations and informal groups, besides a European network of partners.
TEAM AND PARTNERS OF DIALOGI-CITY
director of Philosophy and Photography Lab
ALEXANDRA ATHANASIADOU (GR)
Alexandra Athanasiadou is a researcher in image theory and art professional with an interdisciplinary approach to photography. Her theoretical background includes communication and mass media, history of conceptual art, and philosophy. She has currently founded a Philosophy Photography Lab, a platform which will bring together philosophers and photographers in order to explore the intertwining of philosophy of perception, aesthetics and photographic practice. She was awarded along with a group of three more women philosophers a European Grant for Young researchers and is currently collaborating with two professors from Aalto University for an experimental project on the intersection of photography, philosophy and digital humanities ; she is also head of a research team on a project subsidized by the Ministry of Culture and Sports. She has had more than ten years experience in the photography world by working at the Museum of Photography in Thessaloniki, Greece, in Candlestar, London, and most recently in Central Asia, by setting up and curating a photography award, upon commission from IOM CA. She collaborated with Transeurope Photography Project (EU program) as a co-curator, instructor and portfolio reviewer. She has written articles and curatorial texts on photography, collaborated with galleries, institutions and festivals and has been a jury member in international awards. She holds a Phd in Philosophy (Aesthetics), and is a graduate of Oxford University (St.Hilda’s College), of Courtauld Art Institute, London, and of Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences, Athens.
Nikos Markou places this project at the intersection between discourse and image. It is a contemporary photographic series based on an audiovisual work, which seems to engrave history: the portrait sits still as we listen to each person’s life story, or an extract from it. In this juxtaposition between the flow of the story and the stillness of the face, there emerges a personal story that is part of the political and social life of Greece.
THE SPEX METHOD
The Self-Portrait Experience (SPEX) is a journey through all aspects of one’s life with the self-portrait, in three parts: Me, Me and the Other, Me and the World, each containing various self-portrait exercises, and a series of artistic criteria for the perception and the selection of the works, and guidelines for the autobiographical project build-up.