Bio

Dimitris Kechris is a photographer, curator and essayist based in Athens. He studied Physics at the University of Athens and Digital Arts at the Athens School of Fine Arts (ASFA). In his practice, he looks for mnemic traces that underlie the formal historical narratives of modern European cities. He focuses on the relationship between technical images and the discourses which contextualise them, and he also explores the concept of the archive, perceived as a reconstruction of the past in service of a promise for the future. His photographic work has been exhibited at the Benaki Museum, the Byzantine Museum, the Greek Film Archive, the Athens Municipality Arts Center, the Michael Cacoyannis Foundation, the Athens University History Museum and Galeria Hexagono in Barcelona. He is the co-founder of ALDEBARAN, a platform for photography theory, and a curator for MedPhoto Festival. His writings on photography and cinema have appeared in edited volumes and peer-reviewed journals and featured in the national press. He is a member of the Chamber of Fine Arts of Greece. In 2022, he was awarded the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) Artist Fellowship by ARTWORKS.

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Education

2020-present MA in Digital Arts, Athens School of Fine Arts

2011 Graduation from the Physics Department of the University of Athens

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Group Exhibitions

2022 FutuRetro, Athens Digital Arts Festival, Athens

2021 Open Studios, Platforms Project, Athens School of Fine Arts, Athens

2018 New Greek Photographers, Athens Photo Festival, Benaki Museum, Athens

2018 In Girum Imus Nocte-Tears and Parades, Galeria Hexagono, Barcelona

2018 Dust Breeding-The Crop, Grace, Athens

2017 2017 on 1917, Athens Municipality Arts Center, Athens

2015 The Secret Rooms of Mind, Katakouzenos Foundation, Athens

2014 DIA+, Byzantine Museum, Athens

2013 Greek Fairy Tales, Michael Cacoyannis Foundation, Athens

2012 Solidarity Between Generations, Greek Film Archive, Athens

2011 StudentsCultural Association, Athens University History Museum, Athens

 

Awards

Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) Artist Fellowship by ARTWORKS

 

Workshops

2022 ULYSSES – Seawards Workshop, Onassis Stegi and the Syrian and Greek Youth Forum

2019 Narrative and the Photograph, Workshop by Joel Sternfeld, MedPhoto Festival and the Museum of Contemporary Art of Crete

2017 Dust Breeding, Project development workshop, Athens School of Fine Arts

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Media References

“An Unconscious Archive”, Phases Magazine, 17.05.2022

“La insurrección es un…”, The Greek Foundation, 28.03.2020

Interview to Ilias Lois, “Commenting on the discursive meanings of photography”, Velvet Eyes, 27.10.2019

Interview to Evi Kafiri, “Uncertainty is the necessary condition for freedom”, Photologio, 18.06.2019

Vanessa Graell, “Miradas Griegas Y Nueva Fotografía”, El Mundo, 03.05.2018

Natàlia Farré, “Así se ve Grecia en blanco y negro”, El Periódico, 13.04.2018

Roberta Bosco, “Joven arte griego, para una nueva galería de fotografía”, El País, 08.04.2018

Jean-Paul Gavard-Perret, “Un Lynch européen”, Carnet d’ Art, 19.02.2018

Joséphine Faisant, “The Dark and Pervasive Wanderings of Dimitris Kechris”, The Eye of Photography, 02.02.2018

“In Girum Imus Nocte”, Musée Magazine, 04.01.2018

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Curatorial Work

2021 Co-curator (with Pasqua Vorgia) of the exhibition CRITICAL ARCHIVES V: The Future Is Unwritten, MedPhoto Festival, Museum of Contemporary Art, Crete

2019 Co-curator (with Pavlos Fysakis) of the exhibition CRITICAL ARCHIVES IV: Documents, MedPhoto Festival, Museum of Contemporary Art, Crete

2018 Co-curator (with Pasqua Vorgia and Apostolos Zerdevas) of the exhibition You refuse to understand, you don’t say anything, watching me die, Co-organisation: MedPhoto Festival, Athens Photo Festival, Thessaloniki Photobiennale, ROMANTSO, Athens

2018 Co-curator (with Pavlos Fysakis, Maria Maragkou and Yorgos Karailias) of the exhibition CRITICAL ARCHIVES III: Identities, MedPhoto Festival, Museum of Contemporary Art, Crete

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Writings

1. Edited Volumes

D. Kechris, “Reconstructing the past in service of a promise for the future”, in Archive: Between The Public And The Private, Athens, KOLEKTIV8, 2022

D. Kechris, «Bertolt Brecht vs. Walter Benjamin, 2017: Μια συνάντηση της σύγχρονης τέχνης με την επαναστατική θεωρία στο έργο των Broomberg & Chanarin» [Bertolt Brecht vs. Walter Benjamin, 2017: An Encounter of Contemporary Art with Revolutionary Theory in the Work of Broomberg & Chanarin], ΟΥΤΟΠΙΑ, 138, Autumn 2021

D. Kechris, “Europe – medieval, grotesque, monstrous: a symphony in B-mol.”, Europe: the faces and the territory, Athens, KOLEKTIV8, 2019

D. Kechris, «Πέφτουν οι σφαίρες σαν το χαλάζι και ο τραυματισμένος καλλιτέχνης αναστενάζει» [A Hail of Bullets], in Penelope Petsini and Dimitris Christopoulos eds. Λεξικό Λογοκρισίας στην Ελλάδα [Lexicon of Censorship in Greece], Athens, Kastaniotis Publishing House, 2018

2. Electronic Journals

D. Κechris, «Σημαίνοντα της υστερίας, σύγκρουση Λόγων και πολιτικές συνδηλώσεις στο Possession (1981) του Andrzej Zulawski» [Signifiers of Hysteria, Conflicts in Lacan’s Discourses, and Political Connotations in Andrej Zulawski’s Possession (1981)], Filmicon – Journal of Greek Film Studies, 03.11.2021

D. Kechris, “Sebastião Salgado. A Season in Hell”, Marginalia, 04.10.2018

D. Kechris, “Documenta14. Allan Sekula: School is a factory”, ALDEBARAN, 16.05.2017

3. Press

D. Kechris, “An exhibition on large scale political events”, TVXS, 02.12.2019

D. Kechris, “Janet Delaney. Public Matters: protest and celebration reclaim public sphere”, To Periodiko, 21.10.2018

D. Kechris, “Robert Mapplethorpe. Multiple interpretations of a heretic work”, I Efimerida ton Sintakton, 20.05.2018

D. Kechris, “Philip-Lorca di Corcia. Constructing reality”, I Efimerida ton Sintakton, 22.04.2018

D. Kechris, “Stephen Shore. Retrospective exhibition in MoMA”, I Efimerida ton Sintakton, 31.03.2018

D. Kechris, “Towards a multi-textual approach to reading images”, Photographos Magazine,  01.02.2018

D. Kechris, “Gregory Markopoulos, Temenos 2016: inside psychedelic cinema”, To Periodiko, 27.06.2016

 

Editorial and Educational Work

2021 Co-editor (with Pavlos Fysakis) of the photobook Spyros Staveris, Chambres de Voyageurs, Athens, KOLEKTIV8, 2021

2018-present Coordinator of the Nomadic Library Project, the first travelling collection of photobooks in Greece

2011 Tutor in History of Photography, Cultural Association, University of Athens

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