Muslims have by now made their presence felt in Europe’s capitals. A different culture is growing alongside the existent one. Outwards this is made apparent with headscarves and mosques. It is more deep, it is about a different way of social life.
The first massive arrival of Muslim immigrants to my country, Greece, more than 20 years ago, woke me up to a world that, then, felt awkward to me. My quest started then and has never since ceased. Through wars and peace, bitterness and joy, I travelled and travelled, though Islam and Islams, Greece and the Balkans, Western Europe and the East, to understand their lives in Europe.
We are all different precisely and thanks to our differences, we can have the opportunity to understand each other. I do not judge, praise or condemn. But it is not enough to be tolerant and accept differences. We should recognize the existence of an other truth, other than the one we know. That others might see truth in a different way. To have a vision that blends cultures.
Born in Thessaloniki on 23 June 1957.
Graduated as pharmacist from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.
Background in photography
Self-taught photographer for the last 25 years.
Workshop with a. Costas Manos at Skopelos Photographic Center, Greece, 1996,
b. Anders Petersen at Kavala, Greece, 2006.
c. Bruce Gilden at Athens, Greece, 2012.
Press photographer with publications in the biggest magazines and newspapers in Greece. Member of the Union of Greek Photoreporters.
Founder of the company Phaos, which provided integrated services in the field of organisation, conservation, processing, documentation and management of photo archives and collections.
Worked in India, Iraq, Iran, Lebanon, Greece, Kosovo, Serbia, Albania, FYROM, Turkey, France, England, Germany, Spain, Belgium, Netherlands and Bulgaria.
Awards, grants, other qualifications….
I. Kostopoulos Foundation, Alpha Bank, 1995.
Honorable mention Women in Photography International, Los Angeles, USA. (www.wipi.org) 1997
Honorable mention International Photography Awards, 2009.
Honorable mention Worldwide Photography Gala Awards, Julia Cameron, 2010.
1995, Praxis, A Photographer's Initiative, Municipality of Thessaloniki, directorate of culture.
1997, Women in Photography International, Los Angeles, USA. (www.wipi.org) CD.
1998, "Aspects of Greek Photography ", Center of Photography of Nice, Municipality of Nice, France-Greek Ministry of Culture .
2000, "Errances méditerranéennes" Theatre de la Photographie et de l' Image, Nice Musées, France.
2005, Municipality of Mastorochoria, Prefecture of Ioannina, Greece. (www. mastorohoria.gr)
2008, "Craftsmen masons from Mastorochoria of Konitsa"
1991: Personal exhibition, Bazaars, University of Sarajevo
1995: Collective exhibition, Praxis, A Photographer's Initiative, Yeni Tzami, Thessaloniki.
1997: Collective exhibition, Women in Photography International, Los Angeles, USA.
1998: Personal exhibition, Muslims in the Balkans, Septembre de la photo, Nice, France.
2000: Collective exhibition, Odyssée, Theatre de la Photographie et de l'Image, Nice, France.
2001: Kosovo, group exhibition, Art Gallery of Pristina, Kosovo.
2005: Collective exhibition, Garden of Luxembourg, Paris, France. (Corfu, 1999)
2008: Exhibition with Brigitte Bauer, Odyssée, Cultural centre of the municipality of Thessaloniki as part of PhotoBiennale, Thessaloniki, Museum of Photography.
2011: Personal exhibition, production of the Greek Ministry of Culture, "Monuments and people in the Arab world". in the Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki.
Collective exhibition in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
2012: Collective exhibition in the metro station Syntagma, Athens with the General Secretariat for Gender Equality of the Greek Ministry of Interior www.isotita.gr
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