ACADEMIC SUPERVISOR: Kostas Ioannidis, Assistant Professor ASFA (Athens School of Fine Arts)
Kostas Ioannidis is an art historian based in Athens, Greece. He works as an assistant professor of art theory and criticism at the Athens School of Fine Arts and has also taught at the Universities of Ioannina and the Aegean. He has been a grantee of the “Ioannis F. Costopoulos Foundation”, a State Scholarship Foundation Postodoctoral Fellow and a Fulbright Foundation Research Scholar. He has written essays on art history and theory and a book on Contemporary Greek Photography (Futura Publications, 2008). He is the academic supervisor of the Asfa Photo Courses Program and is currently completing a book on the public discourse on photography as an art form in fin-de-siecle Greece.
STIG MARLON WESTON
Stig Marlon Weston is a member of the Norwegian Association of Fine Art Photographers. He has a background in photography from Strommen/Stokmarknes College of Photography in Norway. He has worked as a photographer and artist since 1998 when he established the studio and gallery collective CYAN studio in Oslo. He has presented his work widely in numerous group and solo exhibitions with most recent in Norway: Galleri Ramfjord, in Belgium: Mons Losseau´s archives, London: Inside the Shadow, Arthouse1, Japan: APDA Kyoto, Edinburgh: Ropyal Academy, Society of Scottish Artists Annual, while his most recent solo shows include: Shoot Gallery, Oslo, Bærum Kunsthall, Hole Artcenter and SAGA Fotosenter in Norway. In his work he focuses on process-based and critical conceptual photography. His methodology is based on camera-less photography using experimental techniques in order to explore physical new ways of seeing. With a background as a formally trained photographer he has given lectures and delivered various workshops. He is mentoring artists working both in photography and other media.
Eleni Mouzakiti is a visual artist, photography educator and curator of photography exhibitions and publications. She studied German Language and Literature in Athens, Berlin and Heidelberg. She holds an MA in Image and Communication from Goldsmiths College, University of London and a PhD in Photography from the University of Derby, School of Art Design and Technology. She has been a fellow of the DAAD, the Greek State Scholarship Foundation and the Alexander. S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation. She has worked as a free-lance photographer for magazines, theatres and dance-theatre companies. She has exhibited her projects in various venues and festivals (solo and group shows) in Greece and abroad. Works of her owned by the Portland Art Museum, Oregon, U.S.A., the State Museum of Contemporary Art in Greece, the Thessaloniki Museum of Photography, the ACG Art Collection and private collections. Her portfolios have been published in various magazines, newspapers, group exhibition catalogues and monographs (monographs: Visitors, in limbo, and Backstage Photographs). She has been an Adjunct Professor for Photography (Practice, Theory and History of Photography) in the Dept. of Visual Arts and Art Sciences at the University of Ioannina. She teaches photography at the Athens School of Fine Arts, in the Continuing Education Programme in Photography. In her work she focuses in the notion of absorptive behaviour in the public realm, leisure time geography and issues of history – memory.
Lia Nalbantidou holds a BFA in Photography from Columbus College of Art & Design, Columbus – Ohio, USA. She was an intern at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington D.C., Leo Castelli Gallery, Baron/Boisanté Editions & Cheryl Pelavin Editions in New York City(1991-92). She was a scholarship recipient at the International Women’s University (EXPO 2000) Graduate Program Body Academy, Hannover – Germany and a resident artist at the: USF Kulturhuset, Bergen – European Capital of Culture (2000), Eagles Palace Photography Edition Residency Program, Halkidiki (2015) & Crete Photo Experience- Thalori Traditional Village (2018). The project “The Secure, Private Domain of My Home (1996 2001) – Zero to Fives was ponsored by J.F. Costopoulos Foundation and was published by Cube Art Editions – Athens (2002). “Urban Secret Garden” first edition, was shortlisted for the Kassel Dummy Award 2013. “Urban Secret Garden – a trilogy book of photographs”, (new editing and book design), was released (A Print-On-Demand Self-Published Edition _ 444 copies) in Thessaloniki (2016). Her oeuvre has been exhibited both nationally and internationally and is represented in private and public Art Collections: EMST (National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens), Thessaloniki Photography Museum and Architekturbild EV, Stuttgart. Her books belong to International Art & Photography Libraries: Gulbenkian Art Library, Lisbon – Portugal / Benaki Museum – Photographic Archive, Athens / Research Centre for Artist’s Books, Weserburg Museum, Bremen – Germany / Fondazione Studio Marangoni Library, Florence – Italy / Photoireland Foundation Collection, Dublin – Ireland, National Superior School of Photography Library, Arles – France / Encontros da Imagem Photobook Library, Braga – Portugal / Kassel Photobook Dummy Archive, Kassel – Germany / Turma’s Library, Buenos Aires – Argentina / Aperture Library, NYC – USA / Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Yale University, New Haven – USA. A practicing artist for over 25 years, teaching photography to young photographers of all ages since 1994.
Lambros Papanikolatos studied Marketing Communication and Advertising (BA from the Technological Educational Institute, Athens) and received an MA in Photography, with distinction, from the Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts (FAMU) in Prague. He received the Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation Scholarship (1999-2001) for his MA studies, and a Fulbright Grant to study/research in New York (2003-2005). His work has been exhibited widely and is part of public, private and museum collections. He has gained extensive experience in cultural projects consultation, production, and coordination, through his successful collaborations with international photography festivals and cultural institutions. Since 2011 he has been seriously involved in numerous curatorial projects and book publications. He teaches photography at the Athens School of Fine Arts, in the Continuing Education Programme in Photography.
Photini Papahatzi born in Athens, Greece is a cultural manager and an artist. Photini holds a Master in Arts Management from City University of London (2001) and a degree on European Civilization from the Open University (2016). She studied fashion design, computer graphics, photography, video editing and documentary filmmaking. She was a Tandem Turkey 2015-6 participant and a Robert Bosch Stiftung fellow. She is a photography tutor for Photography Lifelong Learning courses since 2008. She worked with NGOs (Amaka ArtEmergency photography workshops, Arsis) in refugee camps and refugee hosting structures in Greece. Photini is the coordinator of European and educational programs of Entefxis-Photometria Festival, Ioannina since 2013 and a project manager for the NGO CulturePolis (2007-2016). Photini worked in Kinetika (www.kinetika.co.uk) on project development, video documentation and creation, press & marketing (2002-2004). She has organised and participated in contemporary art exhibitions (most recent: 6th Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art, Sep.2017- Jan. 2018) and in photography exhibitions in NY, Cuba, UK, Germany, Greece, FYROM, Russia and Croatia. Her works are held in private collections in Greece and abroad.
Alexander Voutsas was born in Manhattan, NY in 1961. He holds a B.S. in Marketing / Management from the Siena College, Loudonville, N.Y., a Bachelor of Arts in Photographic Illustration and a Master of Science in Printing Sciences and Management from Rocheester Institute of Technology (R.I.T), Rochester, N.Y. He has worked as a free lance Photographer for many years. Since 2000 he is teaching at the Athens School of Fine Arts both analogue and digital photography. He has exhibited his work widely in group and solo shows and has presented papers in conferences. He has published two books “RODOPOU” in 1993 and “Expecting Encounters” in 2008.
Lila Zotou holds a Master’s Degree in Fine Arts from Utrecht University of the Arts MAHKU, the Netherlands and a Bachelor’s Degree in Visual Arts and Sciences of Arts from Ioannina University, Greece. In her studies, spanning a period of six years, she has paid close attention to the Theory and Critical Art of Contemporary Art, while her artistic research is focused on the genre of new documentary photography and visual storytelling. Her professional experience includes years-long assistant positions in two of the most avant-garde galleries and art platforms in contemporary art of the Netherlands, Casco: Office for Art, Design and Theory, and Beyond: Het Gebouw, an exhibition area of a great architectural interest in Utrecht. As a visual artist who works with the medium of photography she has participated in group exhibitions in The Netherlands, Greece, Albania, China, UK, New York and Norway. She works and lives in Oslo, Norway as an independent fine art photographer and photo instructor initiating courses regarding critical art theory and photography as a contemporary form of art.
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