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Photographer's Note

• 60 exhibitions • 240 artists from 17 countries • 20 curators • 40 venues


The PhotoBiennale/20th International Photography Meeting is organized by the Thessaloniki Museum of Photography - the sole museum funded by the Greek state exclusively dedicated to photography- founded in1998; its basic principle is three-fold: to create a collection, to preserve works of cultural legacy but also to promote contemporary artistic creation.

The PhotoBiennale is firmly situated amongst other European festivals of photography, namely Fotografia in Rome and PhotoEspana in Madrid, all running concurrently in the spring this year during the months of April and May.
Evolving from the annual institution of the international photography meeting organized for 19 consecutive years in Thessaloniki (from which the 9 latter ones by the Museum) the PhotoBiennale this year announces a change in its periodicity – from now on it will take place every two years as with its next scheduled meeting in 2o10 – as well as changes in its structure.

The Meeting includes exhibitions, activities – portfolio reviews, award shows, lectures, colloquia, workshops, masterclasses – as well as events running parallel to the meeting. The exhibition programme of the PhotoBiennale is divided in three sections: the exhibitions included in the central thematic core, as it is usually determined in every Meeting, the exhibitions placed in the parallel program where different themes are presented, and finally the exhibitions of the art galleries which propose the exhibition and the artist or artists of their choice.

The exhibition programme has a central thematic core: for 2008 the thematic core is time (chronos), for 2010 place (topos) is provisionally planned as its thematic core and discourse (logos) for 2012. This thematic core is enveloped by exhibitions presented in museums, art galleries and state exhibition spaces (museums or renovated buildings) throughout the city of Thessaloniki and the surrounding area.
The theme in its wider sense but always tightly connected to photography is the choice of the co-ordinator of the programme and is materialized with the cooperation of curators, collectors, institutions, creators seeking the creation of multiple dialogues.

Two more shots from the same exhibition in the workshop

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