May 22 - June 7, 2015
Monday to Friday 15:00 - 20:00
Saturday and Sunday 12:00 - 19:00
Tzeli Hadjidimitriou (…) seeks the magic inherent in every reality, achieving this by being true to Lesvos, yet maintaining a respectful distance. And so these remarkably pure photographs allow the island to be seen as what it really is: an independent, unique, and enigmatic phenomenon. (Ulrike Weinhold)
Greek photographer and travel writer Tzeli Hadjidimitriou shares with us various moments from Lesvos, the island where she was born and raised, while avoiding the superficial ease of digital photography and its modern gaze. Hers is an invitation from the other side of the Aegean Sea. It is the expression, by an artist whose family came from Anatolia, of the need to bring together the two societies through the “hidden harmony” of Lesvos. Her purpose, as she states, is “to share the memories of our lost homelands, as we find a new, healing approach that liberates and connects us.”
Situated at the eastern frontiers of Greece, Lesvos emerges in Hadjidimitriou’s photographs through its diverse “nature”. This natural diversity is above all due to the light; not just the sunlight but also the light of the moon and the stars. In her compositions we can observe the diversity of the island’s lights and colors , and gradually discover its powerful identity, its inexhaustible beauties and its hidden sensations. Sensations and experiences that derive mostly from nature and less often through the daily human presence.
The photographs of Lesvos are not simply a presentation of a beautiful landscape. They invite us to hear the sounds of its waters, calm and stormy, to feel the heat of its earth, burnt by the sun, gaze at its moonlight, feel the humidity of its forests.
The human body and physical sensations are at the foreground of Tzeli Hadjidimitriou’s work. Whether in the female bodies taking pleasure in the sea, or in the photographs without human figures but evocative of forgotten experiences that go far beyond a simple observation.
Hers is an insider’s view, a view through the eyes of the heart. Born and bred on the island, Tzeli Hadjidimitriou shares her homeland with us, as she lived and loved it.
This exhibition is supported by North Aegean Region, Setur Marinas Mytilini-FF Group, Elgiz Museum of Contemporary Art, Molyvos Tourism Association, Eressos Tourism Association (The Other Aegean), Non stop printing ltd, Municipality of Lesvos and other Lesvian Associations.
Tzeli Hadjidimitriou, was born in Lesvos, Greece. Her work includes artistic photography, travel writing, and the teaching of photography. She has published six photo books, while various galleries and museums within Greece and abroad have held exhibitions of her work. She has written two books on the islands of Kythera and Lesvos respectively as well as travel pieces in the Greek press about her journeys to South Korea, India, Cambodia and Laos and many other places. In her Odoiporikon photography workshops, held in Greece, Hadjidimitriou introduces students of all levels to the never-ending journey of discovering a world flooded with light.