The Thessaloniki Museum of Photography (TMP), in collaboration with the Mount Athos Center, present “Mount Athos: lingering between image and photographic gaze” exhibition, as part of the “Words and Images” cycle of the museum.
Beautiful images from Mount Athos, the so-called “Holy mountain” in Chalkidiki, northern Greece, captured by the four contemporary photographers, Valery Bliznyuk from Russia, Ali Borovali from Turkey, Zbigniew Kosc from Poland and Zoran Purger from Serbia, will be on display in Thessaloniki through January 29, 2016, while they will be divided into four different sections (“Place”, “Worship”, “Life” and “Faces”).
TMP Director and curator of the “Mount Athos: lingering between image and photographic gaze” exhibition, Vangelis Ioakimidis, commented on the event, saying: “Mount Athos has been, and it is still, a special attraction that, hosting plenty of earthy elements, has the tendency to lean towards the divine. This is the main reason people, and especially the Greeks, consider Mount Athos to be a symbol of great historical, political, cultural and above all religious significance. It is extremely interesting when photographers from abroad are invited to ‘reach’ this special symbol, without having experienced it before.”
“In this case, the four photographers, Valery Bliznyuk, Ali Borovali, Zbigniew Kosc and Zoran Purger, did not participate in a special-purpose mission, but they followed a personal journey approaching Mount Athos experientially. So, their look seems to be more direct, stripped of the multiple dimensions anyone who understands the history and importance of Mount Athos carries out,” Ioakimidis said.
Exhibition: “Mount Athos: lingering between image and photographic gaze”
Through January 29, 2016
Address: Mount Athos Center, Egnatias 109, Nedelkou Building, 54635 Thessaloniki, Greece
Tel.: +30 2310 263308
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