Cruise: Α floating archive

An exhibition of Vassilis Kofinas’ previously unpublicized archive curated by “hιστορισταί” will be presented at the Hadjikyriakos-Ghikas Gallery of the Hellenic American Union, 22 Massalias Street, Athens from September 16 to October 02, 2019.

Vassilis Kofinas (1934-2007) worked as a photographer in the Greek film industry for many years. During the dictatorship (1967–74) he traveled around the Southeast Mediterranean and Latin America, photographing and drawing portraits of people in sea ports, thus generating a remarkable, polyprismic recording of life in areas of the world experiencing a democratic deficit.

Kofinas’ archive of photographs and drawings was found in a semi-decrepit state a few years after his death. The exhibition sheds light on this unknown material both as historic content and as an "archival excavation." The original archival material forms the contextual narrative while the circumstances of its retrieval are presented in a simulation-type installation that poses questions of personal and collective memory, and historic and archival conscience.

The exhibition, curated by “hιστορισταί”, is organized by Hellenic American College/Hellenic American University in cooperation with Hellenic American Union and with the support of Cheapart.


Venue: Hellenic American Union, Hadjikyriakos-Ghikas Gallery, 22 Massalias Street, Athens

Start Date: 16/09/2019

End Date: 02/10/2019

Opening: Monday, September 16, 2019, 19:30

Gallery Hours/Duration: Monday-Friday: 12:00-21:00, Saturday: 10:30-14:30, Sunday: closed

Admission Fee: Admission is free of charge

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