MedPhoto is a collective experiment, focusing on documentary photography and its social and artistic impact. It is a low-budget festival which employs activities and curatorial proposals that depict specific aesthetic and political views, sometimes beyond the prevailing methods of presenting a work of art.
Prints in the exhibitions are made according to the highest standards in order to render the visual content in the most reliable way. The Festival’s choice for frameless exhibits creates a narrative that focuses on content rather than the object which bears it. A photographic work of art is characterized by its infinite technical reproduction; especially, in a digital era where the reproduction sources are as infinite as the copies, the notions of originality and uniqueness are even more ambiguous and constantly re-defined. To quote Vilem Flusser, photography’s value is not in its being a thing, but in the information it carries on its surface. It is the information, not the thing, which is valuable.
Medphoto exhibitions attempt to convey this shift of significance. Strongly supporting that presentation contributes critically to content construction, Medphoto Festival suggests a curatorial proposal which re-contextualizes photographers’ works within a new narrative, a new collective project.

Pavlos Fysakis
artistic director
Born in Athens in 1969. Co-founder and curator in the art collective Depression Era and the non-profit cultural organisation KOLEKTIV8. He has worked for many years as a freelance photographer for newspapers and magazines. He teaches photography at FOCUS School of Arts. He has exhibited his work in Athens and abroad, in solo and group exhibitions at the BOZAR , Biennale of Nice, Photobiennale of Thessaloniki, FetArt, the Museum of Contemporary Art of Crete, the Benaki Museum, etc. In 2010, he published the photography book Land Ends, which was awarded the prize for best Greek photography book for 2010.
www.pavlosfysakis.com

Maria Maragkou
curator, director of the Museum of Contemporary Art of Crete
Maria Marangou is an art critic and curator, in charge of the artistic direction of the Museum of Contemporary Art of Crete, in her hometown Rethymnon. She worked as an art critic in the art column in the Greek daily newspaper Eleftherotypia from 1982 until its final issue of the printed version at 2014. She has organised more than fourty exhibitions in various institutions in Greece and abroad. She was Commissioner of the Greek national participation twice at the Venice Biennale [1995 and 2011] and at the Sao Paolo Biennale [1991]. Her curatorial practice focuses on issues of contemporary art that relate with society such as violence, racism or the refugee crisis. She is a member of the Greek chapter of AICA-The International Association of Art Critics and of the Athens Daily Press Editors Union [ESIEA].

Kiriaki Fragkiadaki
production manager

Eleni Pagkalia
texts, press
Eleni Pagkalia was born in Athens in 1973. She studied English Literature at the University of Athens. Since 1993 she has been teaching English and translating literature and cultural theory, while working as a journalist as well. Co-founder of the social/political/cultural web-magazine toperiodiko.gr. She is involved in contemporary dance through companies and festivals. In 2015 she co-founded dancetheatre company Blossom Threes. Recently, she entered the world of photography participating in the introduction of ALDEBARAN | Contemporary Photography Hub www.aldebaran.photo.

Dimitris Kechris 
texts, research
Dimitris Kechris graduated from the Physics Department of the Athens University and attended photography courses at the Athens School of Fine Arts. His work has been exhibited at various venues such as the Benaki Museum, the Byzantine Museum, the Greek Film Archive, the Athens Municipality Arts Center, the Michael Cacoyannis Foundation, the History Museum of the Athens University and the Hexagono Gallery. He is co-founder of ALDEBARAN-Contemporary Photography Hub and also a member of the editorial board of the cultural web-magazine toperiodiko.gr.
dimitriskechris.com

Ioannis Markakis
graphic designer
Born in Athens in 1988. He studied design at the Department of Product and Systems Design Engineering, University of the Aegean. Since 2012 he works as a freelance designer and art director in many projects. Having a multidisciplinary approach, he collaborates with studios and individuals for unique results. He participates in exhibitions and conferences about design and its wide range of applications.
www.imarkakis.com

Vaggelis Tatsis
technical manager
Born in Athens in 1986. From 2009 until 2012 he studied photography at the 18+ Photography Team. In 2012 he graduated from the FOCUS School of Arts. He is a member of the art collective Depression Era and his has exposed his work in exhibitions in Greece and abroad. Currently he is working as a freelance photographer for magazines and newspapers.
www.vaggelistatsis.com

Giorgos Gavrilakis
web coordinator
He studied photography at the FOCUS School of Arts; he graduated in 2012 and he is a freelancer photographer. He has been working as a journalist from 2004 until 2012. From January until November 2013 he has been employed as a photographer, photo editor and journalist by Epsilon Magazine of Eleftherotypia newspaper.
www.giorgosgavrilakis.com

Evita Lykou
copy-editting and translation
Evita Lykou holds a PhD from the Department of English and Related Literature, University of York. Her thesis, “Autobiographies: Psychoanalysis and the Graphic Novel”, is focusing on the procedure of the construction of social and personal identity, through the usage of comics as a medium, in psychoanalytic terms. She has acquired a Master of Arts Degree on Modern and Contemporary Literature and Culture, from the University of York, and is a graduate of the Department of Communication, Media and Culture, Panteion University. She has been actively involved with drama and theatre since 2006, through the Drama Centre of Panteion University, participating in performances, workshops and seminars.

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