A juried international photography exhibition
September 20 – 26, 2017
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The PHOTOCITIZENS (http://www.photocitizens.com) project was launched in 2016. Its aim is to connect undergraduate and postgraduate photography and visual arts students across the world with international photography festivals, galleries and art organisations and to provide them with the opportunity to exhibit their photographic works abroad, in exhibitions organised by the participating partners. The project gathered partners from Italy, France, Greece, Hungary, Spain, Turkey and the United Kingdom to research, collaborate, and showcase future talent.
The specific theme of the program is “National Identity” – a call for submission was announced last year for students in all participating countries that encouraged them to critically approach how we understand national identity today in Europe.
We live in a world where the individual can have a plurality of identities depending on his or her situation. This can be of the country in which we reside, the country of a previous generation of our family or with a continent such as Europe or Africa. Identification with a particular national or ethnic group can form the central pillar of our personality. For photographers, often the challenge is to explore how the idea of national identity is used by their subjects to describe themselves and the signs and symbols that they use as groups or individuals to portray that identity.
The overall objective of the project was to challenge the viewer to think about how we form national identity. The images on view in this exhibition communicate to the viewer the richness of national identity and how it is made up of actions, signs, symbols and environment.
Gianluca Abblasio (Italy), Αfroditi Aggeletopoulou (Greece), Arzu Arısoy (Turkey), Viktória Balogh (Hungary), Aggelos Barai (Greece), Ella Bats (France), M. Cevahir Akbas (Turkey), Blanche Clement (France), Araceli Delgado Galeote (Spain), Bekir Dindar (Turkey), Emanuele Donazza (Greece), Róbert Érdi (Hungary), Eren Eryol (Turkey), Bernadett Fejér (Hungary), Dimitra Komnari (Greece), Aliki Koutoura (Greece), Lou Matheron (France), Andrea Petrosino (Italy), Eleni Pontiki (Greece), Adam Sylaiounis (Greece), Patryk Syst (UK), Rita Tilkeridou (Greece), Tania Toledo (Spain), Altay Tuz (Turkey), Ioannis Xondrogiannis (Greece)