May 22 - June 7, 2015
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.