"Cruise": Α floating archive: An exhibition of Vassilis Kofinas (September 16 - October 2, 2019)
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.
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
Image: Cruise: Α floating archive