Medphoto, the inaugural Mediterranean Photography Festival, will be taking place in the Summer of 2016 in Rethymno, on the island of Crete, Greece.

Medphoto extends an invitation to the global photographic community to participate in this dynamic artistic project, designed to be an annual lens-based arts celebration. By bringing together multiple cultural partners across Europe and the Mediterranean region, we hope to foster and sustain a vivid community of artists and to promote meaningful social dialogue.

Crete is located at a crossroads of major geopolitical importance. At the center of the Mediterranean region, the island constitutes a gateway to the three continents of Europe, Africa and Asia. Upholding the status of the periphery, the island of Crete also highlights the meaning of geographical and cultural borders, a focal point of the festival’s sensibility and exploration. In addition, the current refugee crisis has pushed the meaning of identity and dislocation to the forefront. As a reaction to the dire reality of our times, the festival’s theme this year will be “Borders / Crossroads.”  MedPhoto will also explore the situation in crisis-stricken Greece, as well as present more symbolic, subjective and existential ideas of boundaries.

Medphoto will host and organise exhibitions, presentations, workshops, publications, open discussions, an international photography prize (in effect for the first time in Greece) and various other events engaging the local community as well as international audiences.

Medphoto is a joint initiative of NGO KOLEKTIV8 and the Museum of Contemporary Art of Crete.

Medphoto Festival 2016

ODYSSEIA Antoine D’Agata/magnum EVERYTHING THAT HAPPENED, HAPPENED HERE FIRST, IΝ REHEARSAL Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin HOMESICK Hrair Sarkissian ABBANDONI Davide Monteleone, Francesco Zizola/noor DEPRESSION ERA Zoe Hatziyannaki, Kostas Kapsianis, Dimitris Michalakis, Dimitris Rapakousis, Spyros Staveris, Yiannis Theodoropoulos, Lukas Vasilikos, Pasqua Vorgia LIFE NARRATIVES Nikos Markou KURDISH FIGHTERS IN THE CITY OF NUSAYBIN Emilien Urbano NINE DAYS Issa Touma  MY ARAB WORLD Giorgos Moutafis STATE Apostolos Zerdevas THE ZONE 18Ano FETART Aglaé Bory, Julien Lombardi ALIEN TERRITORY George Awde, Konstantinos Doumpenidis, Antonis Damolis, Petros Efstathiadis, Giorgos Gavrilakis, Olga Gortsa, Yorgos Karailias, Giannis Karpouzis, Marily Konstantinopoulou, Charalampos Kydonakis, Randa Mirza, Marita Pappa, Georges Salameh, Orestis Seferoglou, Kosmas Stathopoulos, Eliza Tamo, Vaggelis Tatsis, Serkan Taycan, Antonis Theodoridis, Marinos Tsagkarakis, Nikolas Ventourakis CROSSINGS Socrates Baltagiannis, Loulou D’Aki, Alfredo D’Amato, Dimitris Michalakis, Giorgos Moutafis, Myrto Papadopoulou, Angelos Tzortzinis, Emilien Urbano, Achilleas Zavallis, Giulio Piscitelli/contrasto, Alessandro Penso, Jerome Sessini/magnum.

EXHIBITIONS

CROSSINGS

group exhibition
9 June – 15 July at Old Commercial Bank

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ODYSSEIA

Antoine D’Agata / magnum photos
11 June – 6 September at Museum of Contemporary Art of Crete

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NINE DAYS

Issa Touma
9 June – 20 July at Kara Musa Pasha mosque

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FETART

Aglaé Bory, Julien Lombardi
at Mikrasiaton Square

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DEPRESSION ERA

group exhibition
11 June – 6 September at Museum of Contemporary Art of Crete

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HOMESICK

Hrair Sarkissian
11 June – 6 September at Museum of Contemporary Art of Crete

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MY ARAB WORLD

Giorgos Moutafis
9 June – 20 July at Kara Musa Pasha mosque

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STATE

Apostolos Zerdevas
9 June – 11 July at Kara Musa Pasha mosque

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ALIEN TERRITORY

group exhibition
10 June – 15 July at Twin Building, Fortezza Castle

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ABBANDONI

Davide Monteleone, Fransesco Zizola / noor images
11 June – 6 September at Museum of Contemporary Art of Crete

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THE ZONE

18 Ano photography team
11 June – 6 September at Museum of Contemporary Art of Crete

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LIFE NARRATIVES

Nikos Markou
11 June – 6 September at Museum of Contemporary Art of Crete

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EVERYTHING THAT HAPPENED, HAPPENED HERE FIRST, IΝ REHEARSAL

Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin
11 June – 6 September at Museum of Contemporary Art of Crete

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KURDISH FIGHTERS IN THE CITY OF NUSAYBIN

Emilien Urbano
11 June – 6 September at Museum of Contemporary Art of Crete

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Medphoto Award

The Medphoto 2016 Award was granted to Greek Photographer Dimitris Michalakis, for his ongoing project “Kapota Project”.

The Kapota camp was inaugurated in 1999 as a required aftermath of the devastating September 1999 earthquake and was ceded by the Greek armed forces. Initially 400 prefabricated homes were set up within the Kapota camp, but another 550 were added soon after. The Greek state’s original plan was for the earthquake victims to stay there for two years after which they were to be transferred back to their repaired homes. Almost 16 years later, more than 3,500 people continue to live in the camp’s modified containers hence constituting a society with all the characteristics of a ghetto: poverty, social exclusion, isolation, long-term unemployment.

  • Emilien Urbano, with his “Dawn War” was 2nd jury’s choice
  • Giovanni Cocco, with his project “Displacement” was third
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Workshop with Oliver Chanarin

“Everything that happend,
happened here first,
in rehearsal.”

As part of Medphoto Festival 2016, artists Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin have created a three-day workshop designed to explore participants’ understanding of their immediate surroundings; their physical, social, and political environment.

 

 

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