Athens Photo Festival, organised by the Hellenic Centre for Photography, is the leading international festival of photography and related media in Southeastern Europe. Exploring critical issues relevant to our times, the festival works within an international, national and local context, encompassing a variety of activities designed to reflect the diversity of contemporary photographic practice, and to create opportunities for exchange of ideas, artistic expression and international engagement.
The 2016 main programme will take place during the months June and July 2016, at the Benaki Museum, one of the oldest and most prestigious museums in Greece. The exhibition programme will be comprised of a series of solo and group exhibitions, presenting a wide spectrum of works selected through an international open call for proposals in combination with invited artists. At the core of the festival is a range of events, including portfolio reviews, screenings, talks and discussions, workshops, and various participatory and ephemeral projects. In addition to the main venue-based programme, the festival encourages community involvement through satellite exhibitions in various locations in the city.
This year’s main theme, under the title [mis/dis]placed, is aimed at investigating how collective consciousness and individual perception and position are shaped, in relation to the fast-changing global situation, intertwining both politics and poetics. In particular, it is interested in raising questions about the prevailing notions of place and memory as fundamental elements of identity formation while reassessing the role that the means of visualizing can play within these concepts.