PhotoBiennale / 22nd International Photography Meeting is organized by the Museum of Photography, Thessaloniki, the only state-run museum dedicated exclusively to photography in Greece.
The international meeting includes exhibitions presented in museums, galleries and other exhibitions spaces all over the city of Thessaloniki, as well as in other Greek cities, in collaboration with public and private organizations.
Apart from the Main Program, the event encompasses parallel events and activities, like the Portfolio Reviews and the international photography Award Cedefop/Photomuseum which is related to the topic of work.
The PhotoBiennale is firmly situated amongst other European festivals of photography, namely Fotografia in Rome, International Photo biennale in Moscow and PhotoEspana in Madrid. The Festival is also part of “Festival of Light” (www.festivaloflight.net), an international collaboration of photography festivals around the world.
PhotoBiennale / 22nd International Photography Meeting will be organized by the Museum of Photography Thessaloniki with “Logos” being the topic of the main exhibition program – the third part of a thematic trilogy, following “Time” (Chronos – 2008) and “Place” (Topos – 2010-2011).
This year the main topic is Logos which derives from the Greek word logos meaning words and at the same time encompassing the meaning of logic.
In this PhotoBiennale we aim at creating a platform where the following among others will be explored:
- The relationship of words to the image (either in photo-texts or in other forms).
- The underlying logic that images have, and how this is insinuated or depicted.
- Images whose significance shifts more to their conceptual than to their formal qualities.
- The role of the image in forming the structure of contemporary Logos in society.
A large part of the Parallel Program of the PhotoBiennale will refer to “Southeastern Europe-Thessaloniki”, as part of the program “Thessaloniki-Cultural Crossroads” initiated by the former Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Tourism (now Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports) and as part of the celebrations for the centenary anniversary of the liberation of Thessaloniki.