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The people of Despotiko

Start Date: February 11, 2019
End Date: March 2, 2019
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Location: Hellenic American Union, 22 Massalias str.

Description

Photo exhibition by Mary Chatzaki

The Hellenic American College (HAEC) and the Hellenic American Union in cooperation with the International Association of Photography & Art of Antiparos present the photo exhibition “The people of Despotiko” by Mary Chatzaki, curated by art historian, Louisa Karapidaki.

The official opening is scheduled to take place on Monday, February 11, 2019, at 19:00, at the Hadjikyriakos-Ghikas Gallery of the Hellenic American Union (Massalias 22, Athens). The exhibition will remain open to the public until March 2, 2019.

At the opening, Yannos Kourayos, Archaeologist and Ephor of Antiquities of Cyclades, who also coordinates the excavation and restoration works at the archaeological site of Despotiko, will deliver a lecture.

In this exhibition, Mary Chatzaki is presenting her photographic records during the restoration of ancient monuments on the islet of Despotiko. Despotiko, the ancient Prepesinthos, is located near Antiparos, where, as revealed by the excavations, lie the ruins of a sanctuary, possibly of Artemis and Apollo, which used to be renowned all over Ancient Greece. Following the opening at the Hellenic American Union, the exhibition will travel to the USA to be presented at the Greek Consulate in New York on October 10, 2019. The catalog complementing the two exhibitions is published by Melissa Publishing House with the support of the Welfare Foundation for Social and Cultural Affairs (KIKPE).

Louisa Karapidaki, curator of the exhibition, remarks: “Chatzaki’s photographic captures pay homage to the material and immaterial aspect of people’s toil. In spite of the inherent difficulties of ‘live’ photographing, her shots possess a unique quality, both as regards the photographic angle and the overall aesthetics they emit. True samples of documentary photography, they seek to call the viewer’s attention to the unseen and largely unknown aspects of a painstaking, almost unimaginable, task: that of the restoration of an ancient monument. Focusing on people and their activity as her central point of reference, the photographer has managed to convey true substance, without transcending reality, without sacrificing clarity and aesthetics, and, above all, without deviating from her thematic targeting: making Despotiko known to all four corners of the world.”

Mary Chatzaki is head of the Anti Art Gallery in Antiparos as of 2012 and a member of the Photography Circle. She co-founded the non-profit International Association of Photography & Art of Antiparos which holds the Antiparos International Photo Festival every summer in Kastro. She has been capturing the excavations in Despotiko since 2015 and embarked on a painstaking photography project in 2017, in order to promote the archaeological site of Despotiko.

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