The Provinces Platform was founded in 2018 by Panos Charalampidis & Mary Chairetaki, Eleni Mouzakiti, Kostas Ioannidis, Christos Rontogiannis, Christos Sotiropoulos and Tasos Zoidis. In 2019 Penelope Thomaidi joined our team.
The platform hosts photography series that deal with the Greek periphery.
With a starting point in the assumption that no such thing as an essence of provincialism exists the collective venture The Provinces attempts to thematize the following issues: How does administrative subsumption give rise to the notion of cultural subordination? How is subjugation reinforced through the construction of the (usually exoticized) singularity of the provincial and the aestheticization of abandonment? Why after decades of reconciliation a new gap seems to yawn between centres and peripheries as recent developments throughout the world attest? Knowingly avoiding euphemistic terms for the peripheral regions we use the terms province and provinces aiming to discharge them from negative connotations in the public discourse. In searching for similarities and divergences between centres and provinces and among the provinces themselves the above preliminary inquiries are going to be reshaped.
We invite photographers to submit work to our platform.
In the section SUBMIT you can find info regarding the photographic series we would like to collect and showcase.
The Provinces platform is launched alongside with its first exhibition that took place at The Art Foundation (TAF) in Athens, in April 2019. Participating artists: Dimitris Barounis, Panos Charalampidis & Mary Chairetaki, Eleni Mouzakiti, Christos Rontogiannis, Photini Papahatzi, Christos Sotiropoulos, Nikos Zoakis, Tasos Zoidis.
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