Bio

Dimitris Kechris is a photographer and curator based in Athens. He graduated from the Department of Physics, University of Athens, and has attended photography courses at Athens School of Fine Arts (ASFA). His 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 History Museum at the University of Athens 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 film have been included in edited volumes and featured in the press. He is also a member of the Chamber of Fine Arts of Greece.

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Education

2019 Workshop by Joel Sternfeld, Museum of Contemporary Art of Crete

2017 Project Development Seminars, Athens School of Fine Arts

2011 Graduation from the Physics Department of the University of Athens

2008-2010 Seminars on Theory of Photography, Municipality of Zografou Cultural Association

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Selected Group Exhibitions

2018 Athens Photo Festival, New Greek Photographers, Benaki Museum

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

2015 The secret rooms of mind, Katakouzenos Foundation

2014 DIA-Contemporary Art Exhibition, Byzantine Museum

2013 Greek Fairy Tales, Michael Cacoyannis Foundation

2012 Solidarity between generations, Greek Film Archive

2011 History Museum of the Athens University

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Media References

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

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

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

“2017 on 1917”, Popaganda, 13.11.2017

“Exhibition inspired by fairy tales at Michael Cacoyannis Foundation”, CultureNow, 09.10.2013

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Curating

2019 Co-curator of the exhibition CRITICAL ARCHIVES IV: Documents, MedPhoto Festival, Museum of Contemporary Art of Crete

2018 Co-curator of the exhibition You refuse to understand, you don’t say anything, watching me die | Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin, Richard Mosse, Daphne Tolis. Co-organisation: MedPhoto Festival, Athens Photo Festival, Thessaloniki Photobiennale, ROMANTSO, Athens

2018 Co-curator of the exhibition CRITICAL ARCHIVES III: Identities, MedPhoto Festival, Museum of Contemporary Art of Crete

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Publications

Edited Volumes

D.Kechris, “Europe – medieval, grotesque, monstrous: a symphony in B-mol.”, Europe: the faces and the territory, MedPhoto Festival, KOLEKTIV8, Athens 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], Kastaniotis Publishing House, Athens 2018

D.Kechris, «Προς μία πολυκειμενική ανάγνωση της εικόνας» [Towards a multi-textual approach to reading images], Τι είναι καλή φωτογραφία [What makes a good photograph], Photographos Magazine-Press Photo Publications, Athens 2018

Selected articles in the 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, “Sebastião Salgado – A Season in Hell”, Marginalia, 04.10.2018

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

D.Kechris, “Philip-Lorca diCorcia – 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, “Nicos Papatakis – The Photograph”, ALDEBARAN, 04.10.2017

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

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

D.Kechris, “American underground culture and experimental cinema”, To Periodiko, 05.06.2015

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Educational and Theoretical Projects

2018 Columnist for the daily newspaper “I Efimerida ton Sintakton”

2018 Coordinator of the Alec Soth Workshop “Not all those who wander are lost”, MedPhoto Festival, Crete

2017-present Coordinator of the Nomadic Library Project (the first travelling photobook collection in Greece) powered by MedPhoto Festival

2016-present Editor of ALDEBARAN (aldebaran.photo), platform for theory and critique

2010-2011 Teacher of History of Photography, Cultural Association of the Athens University