The Festival’s theme, under the title [Mis/Dis]Placed, is aimed at investigating how collective consciousness and individual perception and position are shaped, in relation to the fast-changing global situation, intertwining both politics and poetics. In particular, it is interested in raising questions about the prevailing notions of place and memory as fundamental elements of identity formation while reassessing the role that the means of visualizing can play within these concepts.
This broad thematic framework attempts to bring together a range of different perspectives by emerging and established artists and photographers from all over the world, creating an intellectual space where the contradictions of today’s world can be raised and discussed.
The exhibition programme is divided into sections, striving to create a dialogue between different thematic ideas woven into one whole. Thematic topics include, but are not limited to: shifting borders (both physical and symbolic), displacement and movement, alienation and deprivation, transient places, ecological tragedies, complex relationships between places and people, stereotypes and social exclusion, loss of self-control, fading memories and traces of the past, frustrated expectations, questions on the life paradox, retrieving a sense of belonging, looking for new directions, positions and ways of resistance, and so one.
– Manolis Moresopoulos, Artisitc Director