Co-organization: Museum of Photogrsaphy, Thessaloniki (TMP) and Stella Art Foundation, Moscow With the support of: Hellenic Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs, Culture and Sports – General Secretariat of Culture Production: Museum of Photogrsaphy, Thessaloniki Curator: Vangelis Ioakimidis In co-operation with: Greek-Russian Friendship Association, Russian Centre of Thessaloniki, Gallery Donopoulos International Fine Arts Under the auspices of: Ministry of Macedonia and Thrace
The exhibition is also presented as part of the “Fashion and Style in Photography” Festival, organized by the Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow
This is a solo exhibition of Philip Tsiaras, a Greek American artist, based in New York. Even though Philip Tsiaras is a multi-facet artist whose interests also cover painting and sculpture, this exhibition is solely photographic and is a selection from a grand retrospective of his photographic work which took place in Thessaloniki at the Museum of Photography in Thessaloniki in 2009.
The works cover a time span of over thirty years from 1971 to 2009 and follow his artistic development. The exhibition was then divided into five thematic series, while the present selection includes works from three of them: Faces, Motion and the Family Album which is considered to be his most comprehensive project.
The works illustrate Philip Tsiaras’ complex artistic nature; the visitor makes a journey from the exploration of formal photography using innovative, narrative sequences alluding to cinematographic fantasy to a more personal feeling by investigating his own cultural Greek – American duality with humor, irony and theatricality.
In Faces, Philip Tsiaras explores his subject’s portraits through mirrors and glasses and through his own eyes we are introduced to some of the protagonists in his life.
In Motion, the artist experiments with the medium of photography and its potentials in relation to his interests, the plasticity of form and the studying of cinematic sequences. In the Family Album, Philip Tsiaras satirizes the life of the Greek-American family he came from and the stereotypes which accompanied the Greek immigrants of the 70s. While the artist takes a center stage in most of the pictures with the imagery of the child/lover, every member of his family appearing plays an important role which is made clear by the composition of the picture.
There is also a short film (10’ min) on the artist’s work included in the exhibition production. A bilingual catalogue of the exhibition is also available.